Students from around the world share their traditional food and talk about God.

Photo by Ashley Giovannini
Photo by Ashley Giovannini

The Arts Atrium was filled to capacity Thursday, January 24, as University Christian Ministries hosted its annual Taste the World event.

The goal of the event was simple: to give students the opportunity to share their unique cuisine, and in return, to have the opportunity to try something new.

As more and more students crammed into the atrium, rows of tables began filling with trays of food unique to different countries from around the world. Among these were Hutspot, a traditional Dutch dish of potatoes, carrots, and onions; cheese and chicken Chimichangas from Mexico; Burmese curry with onions, tomatoes, fish sauce, and lemongrass; and Filipino pancit, a vegetarian dish described by one of the chefs as a sort of “Filipino chow mein.” Each food station displayed the name and ethnic origin of the particular food item offered up for students along with a list of ingredients. Though these varied widely based on geographic origin, there was one common ingredient across all the dishes: love.

Photo by Ashley Giovannini
Photo by Ashley Giovannini

According to Jesse Tearoe, who has been attending weekly UCM gatherings at UBC Okanagan for the past two years, Taste the World is just one of the many great opportunities offered by UCM for students.

“UCM is a christian club on campus,” Tearoe said. “[It] gives people who might not know much about the Christian community or the church a general idea of what we might be about. Taste the World is basically an event we have once a year where everyone brings food from their cultural background.”

UCM prides itself on being open and accepting of everyone, and their event organizers describe it simply as “a community where a bunch of people can get together and talk about God.”

Besides offering students free food every once in a while, UCM’s weekly meetings are a great way to meet new people and to get more involved in the campus community.