Tuesday, March 11, 2014
If you love trying different international cuisines, this is a good week for you.
First, on Thursday, University of Southern Maine tourism and hospitality students are hosting an international food festival called “Husky Harvest” that is free and open to the public.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Woodbury Campus Center on USM’s Portland campus. Students from professor Tracy Stutzman’s “Food and Culture” class and members of the Asian American Association, the Muslim Student Association and the Multicultural Student Association will be sharing their recipes potluck style. The dishes will include Asian, Mexican, Greek and Indian cuisine.
Here's some of the dishes that will be available for sampling.
This is baklava from the Greek community:
Here's some Daigaku Imo (glazed sweet potatoes) prepared by students Colby Wieland and Kozue Kawahira:
This is Nikujaga, a Japanese dish from student Kayla Kennedy:
And this is Lettuja, or Finnish pancakes, offered by student Alex Souza:
The public will vote on their favorite dish, and the winner will receive a prize.
All of the recipes are compiled in a cookbook that will be for sale at the event, or you can pay a reduced price for online access to the recipes.
In addition to the potluck, the Confucius Institute will be demonstrating how to make traditional Chinese dumplings, and chef Brian Grossman will demonstrate how to make Italian pasta. Kristin Simmons will do a pastry-making demonstration using chocolate from Belize.
Entertainment will include traditional Chinese music and Greek and Cambodian dancers.
The Asian American Association will be selling food to take home.
For more information, go to the group's Facebook page or their website.
There will be more international fare served this weekend at the popular Korean Food Buffet hosted by the Rainbow United Methodist Church at 618 Forest Ave.
The buffet will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Adults pay $10, children $7.
Meredith Goad has harvested oysters on the Chesapeake Bay, eaten reindeer in Finland and sipped hot chai in the Himalayas. She writes the weekly Soup to Nuts column and enjoys a good cocktail.