Montevallo Elementary School held its first annual International Food Festival Thursday, May 14. Each grade level was assigned a different country and given the task of presenting it to the school. The six countries represented were Kenya, India, El Salvador, Mexico, China, and Italy. Over 30 parents volunteered by preparing authentic food and drinks, dressing in native clothing, and bringing authentic items.
Many moms from El Salvador prepared pupusas, a delicious Salvadoran dish made of a handmade corn tortilla and filled with cheese and pork, topped with curtido (a cabbage slaw) and salsa.
Mexico served horchata, a traditional Mexican drink made of an almond and rice milk and flavored with sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla.
India served a sweet Indian syrup soaked doughnut hole called Galub Jamun prepared by some gracious parents and Kenya served hot Chai Tea.
In addition to sampling new and exciting foods, the students were able to view a presentation of the various countries, learning songs, phrases, and even counting in the language.
As if that were not enough for one day, student also completed a craft representative of each country.
Montevallo has a diverse population and this festival allowed for the opportunity to celebrate the unique and varied cultures represented by the Montevallo Elementary family.