Connecting Cultures Through Food

Henna done on Ava Mumaw by Mahika Bhatt. Photo provided from Kiera McMahon.

Woodgrove’s Global Ambassadors Club hosted its popular International Food Night for a second year, a night dedicated to learning about the different cultures that make up Woodgrove’s student body.

“The best way to have cultural connections is through food,” says Mr. Matthew Talboo, the sponsor of the Global Ambassadors Club. “It’s the safest way to come in contact with another culture.”

This year’s edition had activities provided by the Minority Student Union, and other clubs such as the German Club were present at the event.

The main event of International Food Night was, of course, the food. Students prepared dishes from their heritage for others to try, and the result was a great learning experience about different places.

On the night of the event, the cafeteria was packed with people hoping to get a taste of these many different cultures. Over 50 dishes were brought to the event, coming from more than 30 different cultures. 

 At the back of the room, surrounded by a constant crowd of onlookers, Maddy Jones danced to a traditional Filipino dance, the Tinikling. 

 “[International Food Night] demonstrates the fun side of encouraging diversity. Sometimes we have to have hard or uncomfortable conversations and I think those are important, but International Food Night is all about having fun while becoming more connected with your peers,” says Jones. 

“It’s a great opportunity to see the different cultures represented here at Woodgrove- it’s a great opportunity to see who we are,” remarks Woodgrove Principal, Dr. William Shipp.

International Food Night looks certain to become a long-standing tradition at Woodgrove, and it’s already making an impact on how Woodgrove students see other cultures.