The Taipei American School, or rather the parents of its student body will cooking up a storm tomorrow from 10am through to 3pm, when the school once again opens its gates to the public for the hugely popular annual International Food Fair.
Organized by the TAS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) the food fair is now in its 22nd year. Since its inception nearly a quarter of a century ago the event has gone from humble beginnings, to becoming an integral part of Tianmu's cultural calendar. It now attracts families with ties to the school, as well as large numbers of expat and local residents alike. Last year 7,500 attended the event and helped raise NT$920,000 for the school.
A total of 26 nations will be represented this year and together they will be serving up a mouthwatering smorgasbord of global fare. The food on offer is prepared by the parents and is all, according to Jean Liao, president of the TAS PTA, "homemade and healthy."
Stalls will sell a variety of traditional savory and sweet dishes based on recipes from such diverse and contrasting locales as Ireland, Denmark, Pakistan, Australia, France and Mexico. This year, for the first time, there will be a stall selling Vietnamese nibbles. The average price of the dishes -- ranging from New Zealand lamb chops to South Korean kimchi -- will range from between NT$20 and NT$100.
While the event is scheduled to draw to a close at 3pm, if you plan to eat your fill then it's best to arrive early to avoid disappointment and an empty stomach as the food had all gone by 2pm last year.
Along with the extensive and mouthwatering assortment of food, TAS students and expat community groups will be entertaining the hungry masses with musical and dance routines. TAS students have lined up a host of activities, including ticktack tennis, face-painting and a haunted house to keep children amused.
The Taipei American School is at 800, Zhongshan N Rd, Sec. 6, Taipei (中山北路6段800號), from 10am to 3pm.
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