The world on a plate at the International Food Fair

thousands support Student Missions

By: Kristi Spurgeon

From Thailand to Canada, India to China, Fiji to Mexico – the plates at Walla Walla College’s International Food Fair resembled heaping globes, with food from dozens of countries represented on each one.

“I was surprised at the variety and the amount of food,” says Nick Jones, junior theology major and first time Food Fair attendee. Jones says he had no trouble finding enough to eat and “especially enjoyed the Indian food.”

Jones was just one of the more than 3,000 people who attended the 13th annual event sponsored by WWC Student Missions. For just a few dollars, attendees were able to stack their plates with sometimes-unique combinations of food from the 31 countries represented. Colorful, authentic costumes and island-themed decorations contributed to the event’s international flair.

Following this year’s theme, entertainment included performances of authentic island dances representing Samoa, Hawaii, and Polynesia, among others. The WWC steel drum band, gospel choir, and jazz from the Tyson Haynes Project added to the varied entertainment. A marimba ensemble of fourth and fifth graders also performed early in the evening.

“One of the coolest things about Food Fair entertainment is that you get a little taste of everything,” says Becky Beddoe, a college employee and member of the WWC steel drum band. “As a performer it’s exciting to represent a specific part of the world that many people will never be able to visit and to be able to bring a piece of that world to them.”

Money raised at the Food Fair is used to support Student Missions. Each year, approximately 90 WWC students volunteer to spend a year helping people in other countries as part of the student missionary program.

Senior Jessica Eddlemon helped coordinate the Food Fair and spent countless hours on the event. She is grateful to the hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members who donated many hours of time and platters full of food. “The thing that is always so exciting for me is the way people pull together for a cause,” says Eddlemon. “Each person does their part and something amazing happens.”

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