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"All the spices used come directly from India"

International Food Festival

Imagine having various authentic international dishes being cooked by chefs right in front of you. Imagine interacting with the chefs and getting to know more about their culture. With those sentences, the organisers of the International Food Festival 2018 announced the second edition of the event on their Facebook page. The entrance is free and it consists of a full day (17h of November, from 11h00 to 16h00) of music, cooking demonstrations and –a vast amount of– delicious food, right in the heart of Maastricht. 

Located in the Entre Deux shopping centre, different stands from all around the world share some of their traditional cuisines. In the entrance, two very attentive organisers help potential customers to exchange their coins for tokens, which they will then use to start the tasting. The public could not be more diverse. The room is full of students enjoying some old-style Mexican wraps; parents talking to the chefs and children playing at one of the tables especially set for them. The wide range of gastronomies is also clear. Mexico, India, Bangladesh, Poland and Somalia are just some examples of the different nationalities.

When asked about the story behind the choice of the particular dishes, the cook behind the Indian stand assures: “all the dishes are home-made and cooked following the traditional recipe”. She smiles and adds that “all the spices used come directly from India. The Garam Masala, the cardamom… absolutely everything”.

By standing in the middle of the room, it is possible to smell the scent of all the spices used and to hear the mix of languages spoken in each corner. One of the visitors looks around and remarks: “The International Food Festival is quite a unique event: a combination of cultures, races and nationalities socialising together to express their love for food”

Cristina Lopez-Perea

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