Marshall University International Festival to celebrate diversity in Huntington

The Tri-State’s international community is diverse and growing. From students to professionals, people from all over the globe now call the region home. On Saturday, Nov. 3, local residents will have a new opportunity to learn more about the traditions and foods of other cultures.

Marshall’s International Festival, now in its 49th year, will take things to a new level when the event moves to the Big Sandy Superstore Arena after outgrowing its previous location on the Huntington campus. International restaurants from the Tri-State area will join the event featuring sample size portions of their cuisine for festivalgoers.

The festival is open to the public from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 3 and is free of charge to enter. Food tickets will be available for purchase, allowing guests to sample a variety of dishes from all around the world.

More than 400 international students and members of the Tri-State community representing 60 countries will set up displays about their native cultures, dress and music.

“This is a great step forward for a long-running Marshall event,” said Dr. Clark Egnor, executive director of Marshall’s Center for International Programs.

Music and dance from many different countries and cultures will also be featured, including Middle Eastern music and dance by TarabRaqs and Latin music by ¡Comparsa!.
“We’re using all the genres to engage with the world without having to leave Huntington,” Egnor said.

Sponsored by FoodFair Supermarkets, the Marshall University International Festival is partnering with Cabell County Schools and Mountwest Community and Technical College to expand the festival and provide a memorable experience for all ages, including children and families.

Participating restaurants include: The Original Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse; El Ranchito – Authentic Mexican Restaurant; Crumpets & Tea (British menu); Mama Rosa’s (Mediterranean menu); Nawab Indian Cuisine; Wonderful Chinese Restaurant; Thai House Restaurant; The Red Door – A Gathering Place . . . (Ciao Bella Healthy Italian); La Famiglia – A Southern Italian Deli and Marshall Dining by Sodexo.

For more information about the festival and more about the participating restaurants, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265, e-mail or visit the International Festival website at