With cool autumn breeze and fascinating music, GDUFSers welcomed the 10th World Cuisine Corridor on the afternoon of 25th October 2018 at the North Campus of GDUFS. The World Cuisine Corridor, a significant part of the World Cultural Festival, gathered international students from 37 countries to bring special foods from home to the Main Avenue.
The lively opening ceremony
A Food Paradise
No one can resist the temptation of encountering different cultures and tasting different countries’ traditional food.
You would probably be occupied by the delicate cupcakes if you patronized the Brazil stall. A Brazilian student told us: “It’s really hard because we’re required to prepare all the things within a few hours, and we only have six people. But everything is fancy to me because it’s my first time to attend the World Cuisine Corridor.” Not far away, students from Iran displayed their features dishes, Loubla polo and Salad olovie. Sometimes they glanced at other stalls with a curious look, but unfortunately they didn’t have much free time because of the flourishing market. The Japan stall was another not to miss. The stunning, porcelain-faced students in kimonos chose to sell chocolate banana - a Japanese Summer Festival snack. The whole place was immersed in a festive atmosphere and the tempting flavor of food.
A Party for Everyone
Everyone was trying to make a tough move through the crowd because no one wanted to miss out on the exciting performances in front of each stall.Students from Africa presented a dance filled with wild and ancient charm, shaking their bodies with an intense rhythm to the wild sound of the djembe (a kind of African drum). The Columbia stall caught everyone’s attention with their wild dancing party like they did last year. People danced together, circling around over and over again. Sometimes the audience were invited to dance, and the crowd burst into an even louder scream.
“I’m deeply affected by the atmosphere here,” a Chinese student said excitedly and didn’t forget to advertise the tiny bowl in her hand, “Please try potato salad from the German stall. It’s wonderful!”
This is how we do it down in Columbia
I Represent My Country
World Cuisine Corridor is undoubtedly more than a food festival. Students dressed in distinctive ethnic costumes to represent their own countries. It was hard to ignore them even in such a huge crowd. Students from Russia in traditional costumes were like princes and princesses walking straight out of fairy tales. Girls in kimonos and hanboks attracted a bunch of students waiting to take a selfie with them. There were more: African costumes, mysterious Egyptian clothing, and exotic robes to dazzle everyone.
Beads of sweat ran down from the faces of students at their stands. They spent the whole evening standing, dancing and making food. However, they maintained their enthusiasm from the start till the end. Micka Salhra from Rwanda, a third-time participant, gave the very reason for her passion for this event: “Preparing for the foods and sharing them with my friends give me a feeling of home. And I’m representing my country. Many people only know Africa the continent, but barely know about the countries in it. So, it’s a good opportunity.”
Taking a selfie with girls in kimono
The World Cuisine Corridor was undoubtedly a huge success, not only because of the unforgettable memories it brought, but also because of the communication it bridged between different cultures. Though the foods were sold out and the crowd had thinned, the joy will always be cherished, and memories will never fade.