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.

To learn more about the festival and any other community events sponsored by Divine Word Seminary, you can visit their website. For the LCTV News broadcast story, you can find the video on YouTube.

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Levi Bernhard is currently a senior student at Loras College. He originally hails from St. Benedict, a small town near Algona, Iowa. Levi is a reporter and crew member for LCTV News, and helps contribute stories to productions. A couple years ago, he worked as an intern at Kossuth Regional Health Center, recording and editing videos. This past January, he went on a travel January Term course to Greece, where he helped create a couple of short documentaries about the country. He enjoys being in media studies because he likes the concepts of telling stories to wide audiences, and working with a variety of technology. He is also in media studies because he has a dream of becoming a filmmaker.

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