The annual International Food Fair at Hope College will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited.  The food will be available in exchange for tickets that will be sold at the door.

The International Food Fair has been sponsored by the college’s international students for more than 25 years, and celebrates the many cuisines and cultures of the nations represented by members of the Hope community.

For the event, Hope students, alone and in small groups, get together to cook a dish from their homeland.  They will wear traditional attire in presenting their dishes, and individual tables will feature the food and educational displays concerning the cuisine and cultures.  Those attending buy tickets at the door and move from table to table, asking questions and tasting samples of the food.

Admission is $5 for an initial packet of five tickets, with additional tickets costing $0.50 each.  Most dishes cost one or two tickets.

Every year, the International Food Fair raises funds to support a global cause.  This year, the event will focus on supporting a project to help install a water filter in a village outside of Holland’s sister city of Querétaro, Mexico. This project supports the work done by Aqua Clara International of Holland in collaboration with faculty and students from the Engineering Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro and local government health officials.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia at 11th Street.