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UMFK to celebrate campus diversity with food at September 18 brunch

September 2, 2005

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Ever wonder what a traditional Moroccan dish or perhaps what Ethiopian or native Puerto Rican food tastes like. The University of Maine at Fort Kent is providing the local community the opportunity to find out during a diversity brunch planned as part of the weekend-long Come to Campus Days and Fort Kent Scarecrow Festival.

UMFK diversity programming will host the event on Sunday, September 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Nowland Hall. The brunch will feature several specialty dishes representing different nationalities and cultures of students attending UMFK.

The University is home to students from 22 countries around the globe, including Angola, Cameroon, Egypt, Puerto Rico, Zimbabwe, India, The Sudan, Ghana, St. Kitts, Nevis, U.S. Virgin Islands, Japan, Morocco, Lithuania, Bermuda, Canada, Trinidad, Spain, Vietnam, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Mexico.

Some of the planned items on the menu include Shu Mai Japanese dumplings, Gazpacho, Grilled Mediterranean vegetable salad, Bastilla (Moroccan chicken pie), Ham and Cheese Empanadas. Also served will be Doro Alicha Ethiopian chicken dish, Basque style rice and Banana del Forno Puerto Rican banana

The public is invited to attend the brunch. Tickets for the tasty event are $5 each and can be purchased through the university relations office at 207-834-7557 or the Greater Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce at 207-834-5354.

The brunch is the one of several themed-food events planned for the upcoming Come to Campus Days and Scarecrow Festival weekend in Fort Kent.

A Greater Fort Kent Area Harvest Feast is planned at several local eateries on Friday evening from 4:00 through 7:00 p.m., with menus planned by Maple Leaf, The RiverHouse, Rock's, and The Swampbuck.

On the final day of festivities, Sunday September 18, from 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m., the RiverHouse Restaurant will host an Olde-Fashioned Harvest Breakfast.

For more information regarding Come to Campus Days, please contact the university relations office at 834-7557. For information on the annual Scarecrow Festival, contact the chamber of commerce at 834-5353.