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USM Tourism and Hospitality program hosts 5th annual Husky Harvest

Students serving food at the 5th Annual Husky Harvest

Students from the University of Southern Maine’s Tourism and Hospitality program, in collaboration with Southern Maine Community College, the Confucius Institute and USM Campus Life, hosted the 5th annual Husky Harvest, a multicultural celebration with ethnic food, entertainment and a food drive to benefit Preble St. Resource Center. The event took place on November 29 in the Woodbury Campus Center on USM’s Portland campus.

Each year, the event is fully planned and executed by students of the Event Planning and Management course within USM’s Tourism and Hospitality program, under the direction of Maureen LaSalle and Dr. Sara Ghezzi. The mission of the course is to conceptualize and coordinate a fun, educational event that develops multicultural engagement and exchange, both at USM and in the Greater Portland region, through celebrating a variety of cultural traditions and food.

Foods from countries such as Ethiopia, China, Italy, Somalia and more were available for sampling during the event. Much of the food was donated by local restaurants, such as On the Border, Babylon, Kamasouptra, Standard Baking Co., Luis’s, the Nonantum Resort, Coffee By Design, Mama Terra and Niyat Catering, whose Ethiopian fare was the favorite among attendees.

Dishes from around the world were also prepared and donated by Southern Maine Community College’s Culinary Arts students, in collaboration with USM’s Tourism and Hospitality students.

The event also featured live entertainment, such as American line dancing demonstrations, music from local steel drum band “Pan Fried Steel,” Irish step dancers, henna tattoo and dreamcatcher making stations and more.

“The Husky Harvest is important to our community because it is an inclusive celebration where you can experience the wide range of cultures in the Portland area, many of which are overlooked, through food and entertainment from around the world,” said Allison Pickering, USM Tourism and Hospitality student.

Visit the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Hospitality page for more information on events and programming.