NKY International Festival's Food Competition to Be Judged by Higher Education Leaders
The Northern Kentucky International Festival announced that local college and university presidents will judge its food competition on March 14.
Gateway Community & Technical College President Fernando Figueroa, Northern Kentucky University President Ashish Vaidya, and Thomas More University President Joseph Chillo will judge the event at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington.
They will sample dishes from local restaurants and select the best regional dish, best dessert, and the 5-star award winners.
“Coming from New Orleans, I have always been moved by the power of food to create community,” said Figueroa. “Festivals like this bring us together in a powerful way! “
NKY International Festival attendees will sample the sights, sounds, and tastes of the international communities that call Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati home. Festival food vendors include Mahope Cambodian Cuisine, Hofbräuhaus Newport, La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, Lisse, Mashed Roots, Nicholson’s, The Pub, Sake Bomb, Yalla Yallaa Mediterranean Cuisine on the Go, and many more.
“I am excited about the NKY International Festival and being a judge for the food competition,” said Vaidya. “But chefs be forewarned – I am a discerning foodie – so be sure to bring your A game!”
The Rotary Clubs of Northern Kentucky (Covington, Florence, and Kenton County), Boone County Schools, and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Office of International Trade & Affairs are the organizing partners of the NKY International Festival. The family-friendly celebration, also includes dance and musical performances from Cincinnati Baila! Dance Academy, Cincinnati Dayton Taiko, Cultural Centre of India, Sakura Ladies Chorus, and more.
“This event embodies the values that our community places on promoting inclusivity through cultural differences and diversity of thoughts and experiences,” said Chillo. “I’m looking forward to celebrating our region’s global heritage with all those who call Northern Kentucky home.”
The NKY International Festival is March 14 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Admission to the NKY International Festival is free and open to the public.