On Sept. 8, the Pueblo Sister Cities Program held a food festival at CSU-Pueblo for people to come and get a taste of international food.
For those who don’t know about the Sister Cities Program, it’s a program where a community within the U.S. will start a partnership with another community outside of the U.S. This partnership means the two communities will attempt to enhance the cultural environment by adopting some of each other’s trends.
The Pueblo Sister Cities Program has teamed up with Chihuahua, Mexico, Weifang, China, Puebla, Mexico Bergamo, Italy, Lucca Sicula, Sicily and Maribor, Slovenia.
The event took place outside on the Occhiato patio and tables were set up along the walkway. There were live performances throughout the day and local businesses were invited to come set up their food for people to taste. There were tickets for sale, which worked as the currency to purchase food from the businesses.
There were numerous businesses offering their food at the festival and some of those businesses were: Chong’s Café, King Taco, Passa Geleta, Southern Classic Cuisine, Solar Roast Coffee, and Habanero’s Mexican Grill.
Some of these businesses teamed up with local clubs and organizations, while some clubs offered their own food. The Dante Alighieri Society is a non-profit organization that set up a table at the food festival and offered pastries from East Coast Pizza.
The Pueblo German Club also attended and offered some of their own food, but they chose to make their own food.
There was mix of great food, live music and ethnicity on Saturday. The crowd was certainly diverse and diversity was the goal for the food festival. The Sister Cities Program wanted to honor the Sister Cities International, SCI, which was implemented during Dwight Eisenhower’s presidency in 1956.
The SCI wanted to create a bond and friendship with other countries, but especially the people within those communities. The goal was to get some of these people to make visits to the U.S. and, in return, the U.S. could make visits to those communities.
The people received food and the businesses got the chance to give people a taste of cultural diversity. Some of the people from clubs were dressed up in traditional clothing from their native land, and some of the members of these clubs were able to speak in their native language.
This was a great chance for students to get involved with other cultures and a great opportunity to get a taste of food from countries that might not be offered in Pueblo. This was also a chance for people from the community to offer the food from their native land.
The campus has been trying to bring in some more diversity on to the campus and there will more to come, but the upcoming events will be put together by the Diversity Resource Center.
There will also be more events to come in Pueblo and to see the upcoming list, just go to http://www.pueblosistercities.org.