Roughly a hundred hungry students, staff, faculty and members of the general public made their way over to CCV Winooski on April 9th for the annual event that regularly draws repeat visitors: the International Food Festival.
Attendees dined on fare from around the globe, including dishes from Japan, India, Ethiopia, Burundi, and Somalia to name but a few. Throughout the evening Mireille Kibinngwa, a student from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, served Congolese dishes and engaged each person who stopped for a serving. While ladling out mounds of spiced vegetables, fish, and meat, Kibinngwa would explain how each dish—pondll (vegetables with onion, scallion and garlic), makayabu (fish, onion, green pepper, fresh tomato) and caldeirada (smoked sausage, cabbage, potato, carrot, green pepper and onion)—was prepared.
Festival goers also were treated to a performance by the Burlington Community Choir, a slideshow, and numerous activities for kids and adults.