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International cuisine from throughout region will be on the menu for Marshall University's 50th anniversary International Festival, scheduled from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday Nov. 9, at Big Sandy Superstore Arena.

Marshall's Center for International Programs directs the event.

"We were very happy with the attendance last year," Executive Director Clark Egnor said in a release. "But we anticipate many more people will attend this year with the observance of the anniversary."

Admission to the festival is free and the event is open to the public. In addition to the international foods prepared by restaurants, the International Festival will feature music and dance from around the world along with displays representing more than 60 countries and cultures provided by Marshall University international students and the local international community, in partnership with Cabell County Schools and Mountwest Community and Technical College.

"The International Festival events are the perfect opportunity for students, faculty, staff and members of the community to enjoy the international diversity and global opportunities found on the Marshall campus and in the surrounding community," Egnor said.

Marshall typically enrolls more than 400 international students from 60 countries. President Stephen J. Kopp has set a goal for Marshall to double the number of international students in the next several years.

Each restaurant will offer tastings of its signature menu items. Egnor said that by purchasing food tickets, guests can sample a variety of foods from all over the world at very affordable prices. 

"Festival goers will have an opportunity to easily explore new restaurants and sample different international dishes they would not ordinarily try. You won't walk away hungry," he said.

For details, contact 304-696-6265, e-mail cip@marshall.edu, or visit the International Festival website at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/festival/.