Active Christians Today at the University of Toledo joins with ACT BG for our annual trip to the International Festival at The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo in Perrysburg on September 15 at 1 pm. This is a great opportunity to experience other cultures in a wonderful event filled with food, fun, and friendship. The event itself is free but bring some extra dollars for some of the best food you will ever eat!
There’s something for everyone including a petting zoo, camel and pony rides along with music and bounce houses. Those who are inspired by culture can go on a shopping spree at the bazaar.
Those interested in learning more about Islam can tour the mosque and ask questions about the faith. Following our afternoon, we will have a discussion with our ACT students about what we heard and what it means to us as Christian Believers.
The food is amazing! Stop at each station and ask questions about the food being served: What’s in this? Is there a special occasion this might be served for? Why is this important to your faith or to the country whose cuisine you’re offering? Find out about regional recipe differences, family traditions, and exotic ingredients while making friends and enjoying some extraordinary food.
Some of the dishes being served include: grape leaves, lentils with rice, tabouli, meat pies, falafel, chicken shawarma sandwiches, Turkish coffee, mango ice cream, pakoras (vegetable fritters), samosas (savory stuffed and fried pastries), coxinhas (deep-fried conical meat croquettes), saj (a griddled flat bread), zalabia (a.k.a. jalebi; fried swirls of batter, a bit like miniature funnel cakes, which are soaked in a sugar syrup), and biryani (a celebratory spiced meat and rice dish).
If you don't feel like branching out with some international flavors, there will be plenty of American dishes to enjoy as well.