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UMFK to celebrate campus diversity with food at September 17 brunch

September 10, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent is home to students from 22 countries around the globe including India, Argentina, Portugal, Sudan, Japan, Trinidad, and Haiti, to name a few, and the campus will showcase that diversity at an event aimed to intrigue the pallet.

A diversity brunch on Friday, September 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the campus dining hall will feature specialty dishes representing some of the nations and cultures of students attending UMFK.

Among the menu items planned are Spanish rice, tabouli, curry chicken with rice, empanadas, short bread, baklava and Indian rice pudding. Also served will be a pancake bar with various toppings, smoothies, crescent rolls, fruit salad and breakfast pizza.

The event will add a tasty and diverse touch to this year's annual "Come to Campus Days" celebration, as it leads off a weekend full of activity on and around the campus. It also kicks off a year of events planned to celebrate the diversity of UMFK's student body.

"This is the first of many exciting diversity orientated activities planned for this year. We need to celebrate all the diversity that is represented on this campus and world-wide," said Raymond Phinney, assistant director of residential life and diversity programming.

The public is invited to attend the brunch. Tickets for the event are $4 each and can be purchased through the student services office by calling 834-7513.

The brunch is the first of many themed-food events planned for the upcoming September 17 through 19 weekend in Fort Kent.

UMFK's "Come to Campus Days" has teamed up with the Greater Fort Kent Scarecrow Festival, as well as the opening of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail for a weekend full of activities, many with great food.

After experiencing culinary delights from around the world at the diversity brunch, attendees of the official opening ceremony of the Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes on Friday at 3:00 p.m. will be treated to some of the best traditional Acadian dishes as part of the festivities.

The good eating does not stop there. A Greater Fort Kent Area Harvest Feast is planned at local eateries Friday evening from 4:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m., with special menus planned by China Garden, Maple Leaf, River House, Rock's and the Swampbuck Restaurant.

On Saturday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m. the opening of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail will include a Pig Roast Party, at Riverside Park where, for $8.00, patrons can enjoy a meal of fresh roasted pig with all the trimmings, with take out available.

On the final day of Come to Campus festivities, Sunday September 19, from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. participating restaurants will be holding an Olde-Fashioned Harvest Breakfast. Restaurants serving the hearty breakfast are: Maple Leaf, Rock's and RiverHouse.

Later on that day people will able to take part in an Apres-Midi du Bon Vieux Temps at the Fort Kent Elementary School. This will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will feature traditional chicken stew and ployes, alongside entertainment provided by fiddlers and singers.

For more information regarding Come to Campus Days, please contact the University Relations Office at (207) 834-7557.