I have been a regular at this event for 3years already (and i am neither a teacher NOR a parent)… and even though I was battling a serious version of *manflu* (spluttering, sneezing, coughing and basically Belgiums biggest producer of phlegm)… I still managed to drag myself out of bed and attend the 36th annual International Festival at ISB (international school of brussels) on Saturday 24th March 2012 (10h00-17h00).
We got to witness the *parade of nations* at 11h00 led by the kilt-clad band of Scottish pipers & the Brussels Caledonian Corneymusers.
We bought loads of raffle tickets (prizes included Ipad2, toshiba mini notebook, kindle reader, Ice watch, American food basket, Case of Trappist beers, Handbag, beauty vouchers or boabab candle) – I would like to point out that I actually won one of the raffles *BIG GRIN* and of course… the most important reason for being here… to taste food and drink from all around the world!
30 Countries booths representing 57 countries selling everything from sushi (Japan booth)
to Caipirinhas and pao de queijo from Brazil
to Hummus, Schwarma and falafel sandwiches from the Arab stall (this included Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Tunisia, etc etc)
to Cupcakes, chocolate brownies and cookies on the American tower (not to mention the Hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches or Mac n cheese options)
I also managed to get some phenomenal Butter chicken curry and vegetarian samosa’s from the Indian stall!
And even shared a boerie roll with M from my very own SAFFA stall!! (I did mention to the ladies that next year, they need to make sure that there is Castle beer, biltong and koeksisters available!! Because these reflect the TRUE South African Spirit (along with Amarula Cream and shots of Springbok!))
M got some macaroon’s from the French stall, as well as enjoying an Irish coffee from the Ireland team and nibbling on on Vegetable Pakura from Bangladesh – not to mention her Canadian stash of Canada Dry!!
We didn’t get around to tasting every dish or every drink – but this is what makes coming back every year so special… more to try and more to enjoy!