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Kilgore College Hosts Taste Of Nations

It was a day of learning and understanding at one East Texas college Sunday, through the taste buds of visitors.

"Food is always a good way to start a conversation," said Kilgore College International Students Program Director Brenda Thornhill.  From Bulgarian Sweet Bread, to African Spicy Beans, unusual looking and tasting food was a tool used to learn about each other at the third annual Taste of Nations at Kilgore College.

"This is an opportunity for the students here from so many different countries to share their culture with the East Texas community," said Thornhill.  "It gives them pride to share it."  All of the cooks in the event attend Kilgore College, 140 international students hailing from 36 nations.

"I like food from Benin," said Kilgore College student Gaelle Gieleu, who is from Cameroon.  "It was really good and spicy, and I love it."

"Basically, I think it's more to do with seeing the similarities we have, basically everybody has to eat, and its one way we can show were are all alike," said Canadian Amber Hawes.  For East Texans it was a chance to get to know people they very rarely come in contact with.

"So many different types of food, that I was not familiar with, but we found it quite refreshing, the people," said visitor Avil Murphy.  Everyone came away with a little different attitude.

"Probably, we are not that different," said Kilgore College student Charles Kimari of Kenya.  "Probably, it's just the different types of food we eat."

Proceeds from the event will go toward the school's international scholarship fund.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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