A Taste of Culture: Divine Word’s Food Festival
October 26, 2017 – This past weekend, people in Dubuque county didn’t have to travel far to taste exotic cuisine. On Sunday, October 22, Divine Word Seminary in Epworth celebrated Mission Sunday, a day dedicated to encouraging Roman Catholic missionary work and multiculturalism. This Sunday helps Catholics remember their global mission to spread God’s Word and help others in need.
As part of the festivities, a mass was held at one o’clock in the afternoon, with an International Food Festival held at three o’clock.
Over forty-five different dishes from twenty-five different countries and cultures were prepared by a variety of individuals for the visiting public. From German potato salad to Vietnamese egg rolls and everything in between, visitors were able to take a taste of different cultures to take home with them.
According to Father Thang Noang, rector at Divine Word, the event was held partly to raise intercultural awareness. He said, “It’s a celebration…because we don’t only celebrate food, but in here we celebrate cultural food….”
Roughly five hundred people attended the event, which also included a raffle and silent auction. Admission was free, but good will donations were requested to aid in missionary efforts.