Apr 7th, 2022, 09:00 AM

AUP World's Fair Returns

By Daniel Lucas
Image Credit: The American University of Paris
Event celebrating multiculturalism at AUP reappears after COVID absence

 The AUP World's Fair is returning to campus next week, where members of the AUP community have the opportunity to share foods representing their diverse cultural backgrounds with their peers. The event is being held for the first time in three years due to the recent easing of Covid restrictions and planned to coincide with AUP’s 60th anniversary celebration.

As a result of its long absence, this will be most students’ first opportunity to participate in the World’s Fair.

The AUP World’s Fair is a signature cultural event that offers students a Tapas style dining experience in which students may sample dishes from national and cultural backgrounds representing the diversity of the AUP community. Booths will include food representing Mexico, China, Morocco, and more.

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Students and faculty of all nationalities and heritages are being encouraged to share dishes, drinks, and decorations with their peers. The University is providing €100 each in funding to the operators of booths, up to €20 of which may be spent on alcoholic beverages. While the event is focused on food and drink, booths in the past have also included fun activities for attendees to participate in.

This year the event will also include a competition between the booths. Event organizers are offering the booth operators who sell the most plates their choice of tickets to the ballet, a macaron class, or a trip to Giverny.

For those wishing to attend the event and experience the diverse cuisine options, bundles of food and drink tickets may be purchased at the door, with packets beginning at 5 tickets for €5. Outside guests will be required to register their attendance prior to the event and show photo ID at the door in order to enter the event.

Image Credit: American University of Paris / Lisa Palazzolo

The AUP World’s Fair will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on April 8 on the first floor of the Combes Student Life Center at 6, rue du Colonel Combes. Students and faculty interested in hosting a booth should contact the fair coordinator Ariana Powell in order to reserve space at the fair.