Multicultural Spread Goes Fast at ‘Taste of Oxy’

(Giovanna Bettoli)

Riley Kimball

The annual Taste of Oxy last Sunday Nov. 13 offered students over 20 booths filled with an impressive variety of foods, live music and dancing.

The wide array of eats was the centerpiece of the event, and it did not disappoint. “I stacked my plate with all types of foods,” said Maddy Kiefer (senior). “It was cool trying such a diverse range of dishes.”

The selection of food came in all shapes and sizes, from Korean kimbap to chocolate and graham crackers, from flan to kugel.  Bangladeshi appetizers, Mediterranean mint salads, walnut cakes, and vegan chocolate pastries comprised the other favorites. A number of different student groups, including the Korean American Student Association and Hillel, provided these delectable samplings. The Food Justice group brought homemade bean dip and pita, and others served Swork coffee.

Over a hundred students spread around the Rangeview courtyard over the course of the event. Those who attended were treated to live music performed by Occidental students. Bands and individuals played for the eating audience.

The only complaint was how fast the food went. Many groups ran out of supplies within the first hour of the three-hour event. “I got there at three, and they let me in for free because most of the food was gone,” said Andrew Caven (senior).

With a bigger focus on students’ cuisines than in previous years, the event was a big success, and stands to improve even more in years to come.

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