Tourism and Hospitality

Husky Harvest draws large turnout for international food, multicultural exchange

Husky Harvest, an international food festival organized by students in the Tourism and Hospitality (TAH) program, proved to be a huge success, attracting large crowds who sampled international cuisine, watched live cooking demonstrations, and participated in a series of multicultural activities.

This first annual event, held November 21 at the Woodbury Campus Center, aimed to foster respect and appreciation for other cultures through the sharing of food and dance. To achieve this mission, students in the TAH course “Festival and Event Management,” taught by lecturer Tracy Michaud Stutzman, teamed up with students in Michaud Stutzman’s anthropology course “Food and Culture” and with members of USM’s multicultural organizations to create dishes from around the world, which were shared potluck style. The Multicultural Student Association, the Muslim Student Association, and the Asian American Association each prepared a traditional dish to showcase during the event.

Chinese dumpling demonstrationIn addition to potluck samplings, Husky Harvest featured demonstrations on traditional Chinese dumplings, offered by the USM Confucius Institute, on pastry making with Belizean chocolate, by food travel writer Kristin Simmons, and on coffee blend deconstruction, by Coffee By Design. Attendees also were able to join in traditional Cambodian and Greek dancing and have their hands painted with henna art by students in the Muslim Student Association.

Henna artThe turnout for Husky Harvest exceeded expectations, and the student organizers would like to thank those who helped make the event so successful: the classes, student organizations, centers, and vendors listed above; USM Portland Student Life; USM Office of International Programs; local vendors Southern Maine Hillel, ARAMARK, Nappi, Curry Printing, Xpress Copy, Coca-Cola, and Sam’s Club; the USM Bookstore; USM Office of Public Affairs; and USM Professional and Continuing Education.