Tonight was the big night, Multi-Cultural Night. Set up was at 5 and Katy doesn’t get home from school until 4:30 so as soon as she got home and changed, we turned around a left.
Last year we had a hard time keep our flag up so this year Heath made a stand for it.
We had lots of things to look at but naturally people are most interested in food. I did trivia questions with prizes and several kids and at least one adult picked out a question and won a prize (a pack of cookies). We also had Katy’s laptop with two videos but ended up taking that down. It was just too noisy. I didn’t know they picked it up and freaked out when I saw it was missing. I put the chopsticks and beans (last year people ate my peanuts) over on the end so nobody really saw it. Last year several kids stopped and tried out the chopsticks.
Heath also brought along the Malaysia flag we sort of hung it up, too. We actually ended up taping into the wall. An eighth grader who born in Malaysia came by, saw our booth and volunteered to help. She was really excited to have the Malaysia flag and some of her favorite foods there.
Last year it didn’t take any time to figure out we needed better food and more of it. I spent three days making curry puffs (after numerous tries learning to make them) and then we had pandan cakes and peanut sauce with cucumbers and rice cakes for dipping.
I bought 10 boxes of the pandan cakes. They were individually wrapped so I unwrapped about half of them and put them in the Tupperware as I wasn’t sure how many would go. They all went so I got out the rest of the boxes. They all went and I had two people come up and ask “do you have any more of the little green cakes?”. As we were packing up I found another box. Oh, well. The curry puffs went in a hurry. People really liked them. One lady asked which one thing she would most remember eating and I said “the curry puffs!” I do need to work on getting a vegetarian pastry, though, as at least two people asked about that. (The Pillsbury pie crust has lard in it.) The peanut sauce didn’t go quite as well and we have leftovers of the rice, cucumbers and peanut sauce.
I got to walk around a little and look at some of the other booths. There weren’t nearly as many countries this year and not as much food, either. Korea had little cups of sticky rice and beef (it wasn’t barbecue, something else) and every time I walked by there were about 50 people in line. I went back toward the end and there’s wasn’t much line and still food left. They had gone through 400 cups at that point.
One mom and son did a small table on Republic of Georgia and had some really yummy food. I had a dumpling and something that tasted a lot like chicken curry. I had to look up a little about Georgia after that.
I’m not entirely certain what I ate from Holland but it was good.
Israel had lots of things and I remembered a little chocolate ball with sprinkles from last year and went straight for that. Heath said he made a point of getting one right away because he missed them last year. They had another variety, too, along with hamenstachen and pita triangle and a few other things. With several families working together you can really do more!
My friend Lu did the kids’ names in Chinese calligraphy and stayed really busy. I saw lots of kids walking around with their names on papers. Lu said all she got to eat were some fortune cookies. Whoever was supposed to bring the food for China didn’t bring much! Japan didn’t have much food but they had origami that was very popular.
The “world tour” lasts about an hour (and all the food was gone in 30 minutes) then the kids have a “world showcase” show. They had so many performers last year it lasted about four hours. This year it was a lot shorter but we still didn’t stay for all of it.
I’m not sure exactly who this is but they were good. And loud.
The Korean dancers were beautiful.
Miss Rama was a student teacher last year and Katy had her for several weeks in social studies and just loved her. She taught the kids Indian dances. This year she got hired on as a sixth grade social studies teacher and is still dancing with the kids.