Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 51st Annual Marshall University International Festival will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Huntington's Big Sandy Superstore Arena. Admission to the festival is free and the event is open to the public.

Food tickets will be available for purchase, allowing guests to sample a variety of dishes from around the world.

Participating restaurants include Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, Chateau D' Italia, Julian's Market, Marshall Dining by Sodexo, River & Rail Bakery, New China Garden Buffett, Cedar Market, Black Sheep Burritos & Brews, Margarita's and Marco's Pizza.

"This festival is a great way to go around the world in three hours and learn about different cultures and foods without the need for a passport," said Jyotsna Patel, administrator for MU Center for International Programs. "It's a great opportunity to experience the amazing diversity, present right in our own backyard!"

Marshall's current and past international students and faculty will represent more than 25 different countries at the festival. Booths will display information about the various cultures as well as activities and demonstrations. A special area will also be designated for children's activities and entertainment.

This annual event, hosted my Marshall University's Center for International Programs, has continued to grow over the years with more than 5,000 people in attendance at the 2013 festival.

"The Marshall University Center for International Programs is thrilled to once again host the International Festival," said Dr. Tammy Johnson, MU's Executive Director of Admissions and International Student Services. "This festival continues to grow in both size and quality every year. It is a wonderful event for the entire family and we encourage everyone to come out and take advantage of this opportunity to get to know Huntington's growing international community."

The festival will also feature raffles for Beats headphones, a Stonewall Resort golf package, a National Travel gift card and more.

Food Fair, Cabell County Schools and Chipotle Mexican Grill are sponsoring the 2014 International Festival.

Food tickets will be available for purchase at the festival or in advance at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center. For further details about Marshall University's annual International Festival, contact the Center for International Programs at 304-696-6265, e-mail cip@marshall.edu, or visit the International Festival website at http://www.marshall.edu/cip/festival/.