August 13 saw the International Food Festival take over the concourse of Palmerston North campus.
As a part of Massey University Students’ Association’s International Week, the event was an opportunity for clubs to share their culture through their food.
MUSA president Linsey Higgins explained the history of the Food Festival.
“We started the International Food Festival as a way for our many Cultural Groups to share their culture through their food and have fellowship with people,” she said.
The money for the preparation of the food is funded by MUSA, and does not come out of their own pockets, she said.
“MUSA gives clubs funding to assist them with buying food so there is no hardship or risk from students, and all we ask is that the food is shared for free with all.”
Food on offer came from the Pacific Islands, Latin America, Malaysia, Indonesia and Manawatahi, to name a few.
MUSA Clubs Development Officer Gemma Lindegren said students attending were encouraged to contribute a coin donation, as the event is marked as one of the main opportunities for fundraising for the clubs.
Although there was worry about the weather (Palmerston North has been under a never-ending stream of rain of late) and a contingency plan of using the MUSA lounge was in place, the sun turned out for the day.