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GEORGE NEWS & VIDEO - Nobody could blame visitors to York High School on Friday night if they thought they were at a function of the United Nations. Milling around among the stalls were people savouring dishes from at least 12 countries. It was the annual Standard Bank / York High International Food Festival.
Visitors were taken on a trip around the world to taste culinary delights from various countries, including the United States, Portugal, Greece, India, Italy and, of course, South Africa, which was represented by our popular potjiekos.
Attractions included the famous dunking station as well as music items provided by talented York learners under the guidance of ex-Yorkie Chad Abnett.
Headmaster Francois Moll said a tremendous lot of hard work goes into organising the event.
The money raised is ploughed back into the school to upgrade and maintain facilities. He told the George Herald that this function has been held for many years - almost since the start of the school. "It has become a community event that also celebrates the different cultures in town."
Moll thanked the parents for putting together the event, and also Standard Bank that was the main sponsor for the first time.
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Arianna Soresi of the Italian stall said it was the first time she was involved, as her daughter is in Grade 8 this year. Soresi was born in Italy and came to South Africa with her family when she was 16 years old. She was pleased with the sales at the Italian stall.
"The event is a lot of fun and you get to know new people," she said. "We are doing a killing." Head girl Agqama Faku said it was fun. "I am very proud of the learners. The money will be used for good purposes."
Andrew Brown, the head boy, said the event was an amazing experience. "It gives the opportunity to experience different foods from different countries. It is also a social event."
Jimmy Power of the York High marketing team said the turnout was fantastic with well over 400 people attending the International Food Festival.
York High would like to thank the following sponsors who helped to make the evening such a great success: Standard Bank, Kitchen Queen Food Studio, Third Generation CAW, Outeniqua Refrigeration, Outeniqua Bakkery, Watsons Vleis, Grocery Express, The Tin Shop, Sugarbird Coffee Company, Heatherpark Super Spar, Perfect Water, Sanzaf, Something Special, Direct Wholesalers, Nico Smit Inc, Stellas Deli, Tooti Fruti and AMS Pty Ltd.
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