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‘Street Food’ festival showcases world cuisine

Posted: 13/12/16 by Northampton College

Students at Northampton College enjoyed food from all four corners of the globe as part of a ‘Street Food’ festival celebrating the cultures of overseas students.

Samosas, blinis, flatbreads, curries, falafel and spring rolls were all on offer as part of the event which saw students from the college’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course team up with NVQ Level 1 Catering students to create a menu featuring traditional dishes from their homelands.

Students from countries including Ethiopia, Sudan, Latvia, Russia, Afghanistan, Vietnam and Eritrea took part in the festival as part of their National Citizen Service qualifications – bringing a taste of their own countries to Northampton for local students to try.

Paula Price, head of ESOL learning at Northampton College, said: “This was a brilliant way for ESOL students to integrate into college life, showing us what life is like back home and working together with catering students to recreate the dishes they know and love.”

Phil Martin, head of catering, added: “Everyone has learnt something, whether it’s ESOL students finding out more about cookery techniques or catering students learning new dishes they previously knew little about. It was great to see the two courses coming together to lay on a fabulous festival celebrating the very best in global cuisine.”

The food was served in the college’s student-led brasserie, The Lane, and was available for students to sample for £2.50.

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