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Sharing food, sharing cultures

Sharing food, sharing cultures

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MAASTRICHT. Food brings people together. This is not only the theme of the Week of the International Student that is taking place this week, but also the motto of Supratip Nag, co-founder of HomeHandi, a delivery service for home-cooked meals. This is why he, together with, amongst others, the United Nations Student Association, has organized an International Food Festival on Saturday 17 November.

People from Mexico, Bangladesh, Sudan and five other countries will be cooking on the second floor of shopping centre Entre Deux in the city centre. “Meanwhile you can ask them questions about their culture and the traditional dishes they are preparing,” says Nag. “If it doesn’t conflict with hygiene rules, they will also wear traditional clothing.” The cooks are not professionals, Nag emphasizes. “They are just people who love cooking and want to share their culture.”

In addition to the food – which can be purchased for a modest price, to cover the costs – there will be live music and speakers who will talk about topics such as healthy living, mindfulness and work-life balance. It’s the second time the festival will be held and Nag is hoping that each edition will be a little bigger.

The Week of the International Student is an initiative of Nuffic, the Dutch organization for internationalization in education, to put the spotlight on those who travel from afar to study in the Netherlands. At Maastricht University, students can fill out so-called matching cards. They are displayed on a wall and on it students can put in a request (“I’m looking for a tennis partner”) or an offer (“I can cook great Indian food”).

​International Food Festival, Saturday 17 November 2018, Entre Deux, 11:00 – 16:00  

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