Tourism and Hospitality

2nd annual Husky Harvest a celebration of cultural diversity

Students from the University of Southern Maine's Tourism and Hospitality program took fellow classmates, faculty and members of the surrounding Portland community on a trip around the world at the second annual Husky Harvest.

Those in attendance at the international food festival had the opportunity to sample cuisine from all over the globe, for free, thanks to a partnership between USM's Food and Culture class and the university's English as a Second Language students. Restaurants from the Greater Portland area also provided samples for the event.

Students and community members attending the second annual Husky Harvest"This is a way for students, one, on the tourism side, to create an event, manage it and take care of all the details for it, and two, on the food and culture side, meet English as a Second Language students, interview them and find out in a real way about food in other cultures," said Tracy Michaud Stutzman, instructor of the tourism and hospitality management course at USM.

Students participating in hula dancing at Husky HarvestEthnic music and dancing, such as African drumming and hula dancing, were ongoing throughout the celebration. Those in attendance were encouraged to participate in the performances.

"I see the students growing and transforming in their learning by having a real event that they're a part of," said Stutzman.

Henna painting demonstration at Husky HarvestHenna painting and origami demonstrations gave attendees the chance to experience art from different cultures. New this year was a silent auction, where local food and hotel packages were up for grabs to the highest bidder.

"This is something that's showing everyone it's not just me and you," said Kaitlyn Martin, third-year business major, tourism and hospitality minor. 

"There's a lot that USM has to offer, there's a lot that our Portland community has to offer, we want everyone to be engaged and have a great learning experience."

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