KEARNEY — The University of Nebraska at Kearney will kick off International Education Week by hosting one of its most popular events.

Campus and community members are invited to explore the world during the 44th annual Scott D. Morris International Food and Cultural Festival. Scheduled for 4-6 p.m. Nov. 14 in UNK’s Health and Sports Center, the festival celebrates UNK’s international students while showcasing their cultures and cuisine.

It’s free and open to the public.

Organized by the International Student Association, Korean Student Association at Kearney, Japanese Association at Kearney and other students, the event features food and drink from 11 different countries, along with traditional and modern performances and country-specific booths with games and educational activities.

This year’s menu includes dishes from Guatemala, Nepal, Germany, Thailand, Korea, Belgium, Italy, Japan, India, Oman and Colombia. Attendees also receive a free cookbook so they can make the recipes at home.

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“That’s always one of the highlights, getting the opportunity to taste all of the different flavors and meals,” said Tracy Falconer, an assistant director in UNK’s Office of International Education.

Around 100 students participate in the International Food and Cultural Festival, which typically draws about 2,000 guests. That interaction between the campus and community is a key component of the event’s success.