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Taste of the World

Taste of the World

Since 1989, students have lined up outside the Marshall Student Center to enjoy Georgia Southwestern's Taste of the World. In effort to create more intercultural opportunities for students, previous faculty member  created and directed this event to provide an opportunity for the GSW community to share cuisine and customs from across the world. GSW students, faculty, and staff along with local community members are encouraged to participate by cooking ethnically diverse cuisine to share with participants in a pot-luck style noting the country or area of origin. Since its beginning, the event has expanded to include learning indigenous games, dressing in traditional clothing, and playing music from different cultures while periodically learning traditional dances.

Traditionally, the event is held the first Wednesday of April annually and is open to all wanting to participate. Dishes range from appetizers to soups and often include traditional dishes from the following cultures: American, Bulgarian, Chinese, Cuban, English, Greek, Hispanic, Indian, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Thai, and more!

Ways to Become Involved

With such an abundance of cultures on campus, there are a variety of ways for students, faculty, staff and community members to get involved and continue the tradition.

  • Engage with other cultures by enjoying tasty treats provided by other students and volunteers
  • Prepare a cultural dish to share with participants and identify its origin
  • Provide a cultural learning experience such as handwriting, dancing, or demonstrating something traditional


Who can participate?

All Georgia Southwestern students and community members are able to participate. We encourage students from all walks of life to enjoy the various foods and cultures showcased.

I want to bring a dish. How do I sign up?

Students wishing to participate should email

What if my dish is typical. Can I still bring it?

Yes! Cultures all over the world are encouraged, even our own local cuisine. Often, many international students have not been introduced to various local items we may assume to be common.