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Mar 23, 2012 1:42 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

International foods in the spotlight at UM

MISSOULA- Get your appetites ready! The International Culture and Food Festival is returning to Missoula this weekend.

The University of Montana will offer a taste of everything, from Italian pasta puttanesca to Indonesian mung bean dessert. Festival goers also can take in entertainment such as Polynesian and Tajik dance performances, children's games and crafts from around the world.

The feast will run from noon until 5 p.m. on Sunday in the University Center with admission costing $5 for adults and $3 for children ages three to 12.

There will be over 40 countries represented at the festival, which is organized by UM's International Student Association and the office of Foreign Student and Scholar Services. Local ethnic organizations such as the Sons of Norway, the Japan Friendship Club of Montana, the Greek community and Sweden-Vasa Lodge also will take part in the food frenzy.

"The international festival is a great way to share and experience the cultural diversity that exists in Missoula," said Grecia Pacheco of Venezuela, president of the International Student Association. "The students are very motivated to organize this event largely because of the warm and receptive members of the Missoula and campus communities. We invite you all to come and share our foods and traditions."

About 20 booths at the food bazaar will feature authentic recipes from many different regions of the world. Booths will be located in the UC Atrium, and dishes are priced at 50 cents to $4 according to a news release.

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