International Food Festival brings new cultures to Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches residents, SFA faculty and students were exposed to a taste of world culture Thursday.  Students from several different countries presented the best food from their home country for SFA's international food festival.

The international food festival was the topic for lunch as dishes were served from Saudi Arabia, India, South Africa and many other countries. "The food festival it's just one time to share our culture, share our cuisine to Americans to let American people know our foreigner countries culture," Kun Chen, China international student, said.

The turn out was great turnout and the food was greater.

Anthony Cecil, Nacogdoches resident, said, "Some of these folks are faculty members at SFA or people from the community like myself, and I think they've been here before. I'm new to all of this. They seemed to really enjoy the whole idea of good food and to also fellowship with other people."

Many community members attended for the  first time along with several international students like Ahmed from Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Alhuwaymil, Saudi Arabia international student, said, "I'm really excited to share my culture food here in America with American people here. It's really helpful to share our food and culture for everyone here."

This year SFA is home to more than 100 international students. "Well, it's amazing. I grew up in Nacogdoches. The campus was very different back in the 1960's when I was in school, but it was mostly people from the U.S., mostly people from Texas. We didn't have nearly the number of international students and now it's a diverse campus is many, many ways," Cecil said.

Community members say today's event was all about giving the oldest town in Texas a glimpse of the world through culture and diversity.