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Students studying English as a foreign language shared exotic dishes from their home country at Bath College’s International Food Sharing Festival.

 

The college’s English Language School hosts the festival every year, giving students the chance to sample new flavours from different cultures.

 

Students from over 30 nationalities are studying English at the college this year and the festival included dishes from all over the world.

 

In the European room, students had the chance to try Butterkuchen, Wiener Schnitzel and Frikadellen – German fried meat patties.

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They also filled their plates with Chinese dumplings, Japanese omurice, rice pudding and Columbian three milk pudding.

 

Staff from the English Language School baked a number of British delicacies, including Grasmere gingerbread, Bara Brith and banana loaf.

 

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Elizabeth Mallender, head of the English Language School, said the festival was a favourite with everyone in the department.

 

She said: “We always get a huge variety – there are all sorts of fabulous things.

 

“Everyone loves talking about food and it’s a subject close to peoples’ hearts in many cultures. It’s a wonderful way for students to learn and use English.

 

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“We get a lot of visitors from other departments and it raises awareness of our department within the college.

 

“A lot of students, if they are coming over here, they still eat their own food so now they get to try British delicacies as well. Some of them have put in a real effort with what they have produced.”

 

Every dish had a card next to it with a basic recipe, so students could learn about its origin and how it was made.

 

Zoya Ali, originally from Pakistan, lives in Bath with her husband and made chicken biryani for the festival.

 

She said: “It’s my mum’s recipe. The recipe is hard, there are so many ingredients, so my teacher asked me to shorten it for people to read.”

 

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Asuka Kittaka, from Japan, is studying at Bath College and living in England for the first time.

 

She said: “The students have made them, so it’s different from restaurant food, you can feel the effort that they have put into it.

 

“Bath is a really nice place – it’s a small area, but there are a lot of shops and people. The teachers are really kind and helpful.”

 

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