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International fare: Saturday's MSU food bazaar is one of community's most beloved events

February 18, 2010

More than 150 MSU international students will sell food from their native countries and share customs from their countries at the 28th MSU International Street Food Bazaar set for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the MSU SUB Ballrooms. Organizers expect 28 different booths of international fare at what is one of MSU's most popular community events. Photo courtesy of MSU Office of International Programs.    High-Res Available

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The aroma of things wonderful and exotic is in the air at Montana State University as more than 150 international students prepare for MSU's annual International Street Food Bazaar set for 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the SUB Ballrooms.

Native foods that range from korma to kebabs and sate to samosas are to be offered in 28 booths arranged in a market-like atmosphere. Food costs will range from $1 to $5 a serving.

In addition, students will provide entertainment in the SUB Union Market by performing traditional dances, singing songs and playing traditional musical instruments.

Organizers from MSU's Office of International Programs say that students prepare from the beginning of the school year for the events that are expected to draw more than 3,000 visitors.

MSU President Waded Cruzado will open the event with a ribbon cutting. Deborarh Chiolero, a coordinator of the event with the Office of International Programs, said this year the bazaar will feature food from several countries not recently represented including Lebanon, Mexico and the Netherlands.

"While China, India and Saudi Arabia often have the largest presence at the bazaar the rest of the world is well represented too," Chiolero said. "This is a great time for the international students to showcase their country and for the visitors to travel all over the world without leaving MSU campus."

Proceeds from admission and food sales are used to defray the cost of the event and some international student groups use the proceeds for group projects throughout the year, according to Chiolero.

In addition, this year several groups will have activities and donation jars earmarked for projects in Haiti.

Admission is free for MSU students with a CatCard, courtesy of Associated Students of Montana State University. Children under the age of 10 are also free. For others, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students ages 10-18.

The event is also made possible by sponsorships from the MSU's Office of the President, MSU's Office of the Provost, ASMSU, the City of Bozeman, First Interstate Bank, Right Now Technologies, Terrell's Office Machines, Montana Travel, Montana Center for International Visitors, Seachamp, Ltd. and Poland Culinary Vacations.

For more information, contact the Office of Internationals Programs at (406) 994-4031 or by e-mail at

If the event motivates you to prepare your own international fare, Pancasatya "Tiok" Agastra, graduate student in chemical engineering, offers this recipe for Indonesian chicken sate.

Indonesian chicken sate

Recipe makes 20-25 skewers, serving four people

Chicken 1 kg (or about 2.2 pounds)
Peanut Butter 2 tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves
Pepper 1 tsp
Butter/canola oil 2 tbsp
Worcestershire sauce 3 tbsp
Sweet Soy Sauce (such as Kecap ABC) 6 tbsp

Garlic 2 cloves
Onion - 1/2
Pepper 1 tsp
Ground coriander 1 tsp
Candle nut -- 2 pieces (macadamia nuts may be substituted)
Peanut Butter - 10 tbsp
Sugar 1/3 cup
Sweet Soy Sauce (Kecap ABC) 1/3 cup
Water -- enough to make it a desired consistency
Cut the chicken into big pieces. Mix peanut butter, garlic, pepper, butter or canola oil, Worcestershire sauce and sweet soy sauce. Add the chicken pieces to the sauce and let it marinate overnight.

Prepare the sauce by mixing garlic, onion, ground coriander, candle nut, peanut butter, sugar and sweet soy sauce. Skewer the chicken pieces and brush with the sauce. Grill the skewers. Enjoy!

Deborah Chiolero, (406) 994-4031,