Boght Hills’ 5th Annual International Food Festival

The Boght Hills community came together, celebrating diversity and family cultures at the Boght Hills’ 5th Annual International Food Festival on Thursday, May 4.

Boght Hills 5th Annual International Food Festival
Children embrace at the Boght Hills 5th Annual International Food Festival.

The festival was a mosaic of different cultures from various parts of the world, introducing foods from Afghanistan to Syria and several more countries in between. Students also performed traditional dances from other regions of the world, including Bangladesh, Greece, and Mexico. Songs from China and India were also included among the student performances.

Other arts were exhibited throughout the day. Family volunteers treated guests to origami demonstrations, photo opportunities in a hijab, a henna tattoo booth, and the chance to have personal names written in Chinese, Korean, and Arabic calligraphy.


The list of countries represented in this year’s festival was vast: Bosnia, India, Ireland, Bangladesh, Korea, Pakistan, The USA, Greece, Mexico, Algeria, Afghanistan, The Netherlands, Lebanon, China, Syria, Brazil, Japan, Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Sudan, Romania, Tajikistan, Poland, Morocco, and Italy

It was the first international festival hosted by the school since the emergence of the COVID pandemic in March 2020.

Ms. Vedrana Kalas, part of the ENL team at Boght Hills, coordinated the event and served as its master of ceremonies. She expressed her gratitude for all the families and staff who volunteered to set up, clean up, lead activities, capture photos, encourage participation, bring amazing food, and those who performed.

Ms. Kalas said she was especially thankful to Ms. White, Boght Hills music educator, for managing all that was happening backstage and on stage to support the performers.

The International Food Festival is growing and Ms. Kalas is already planning for the 6th annual event next Spring!