Live musical performances were showcased in front of a curtain of international flags at last year’s FoodIEFest at SBVC. This year's event will take place on April 23.  (Contributed photo by SBVC)

San Bernardino Valley College will host FoodIEFest 2019, its third annual “mini international food festival” that promises to bring international cuisines from across the Inland Empire to campus for the community to enjoy.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 23 and will begin with an international flag parade across the SBVC campus, with flags representing the dozens of countries of origin that can be found among SBVC students, faculty, and staff.

Countries from six out of the world’s seven continents will be represented, including Europe (France, Spain, Italy, Romania, Greece, United Kingdom, Russia, Ukraine), Asia (China, Indonesia, South Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Cambodia, Kuwait), Africa (Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa), North America (Mexico, El Salvador, Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Jamaica, Costa Rica), South America (Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil), and Australia.

“FoodIEFest is one of the ways our campus expresses pride in our cultural diversity,” said President Diana Z. Rodriguez. “It reminds us of how our employees and students are culturally linked and related to every corner of the globe.”

Local vendors will offer an assortment of hot and cold international foods for purchase, and SBVC’s Culinary Arts program will be serving a special menu inspired by international cuisine.

Campus and community members are encouraged to grab a bite to eat, set up a picnic blanket on the lawn, and watch the musical and dance performances in front of North Hall.

Entry to the event is open to the public and free of charge. It will be held at Library Quad from 3 to 7 p.m. The college is located at 701 S. Mt. Vernon Avenue in San Bernardino.

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