Camaraderie and Cuisine at Caribbean Culture Night

Students line up for a plate of Caribbean food | Kaysea Suzana, PantherNOW

Kaysea Suzana | Staff Writer

The exciting music of the Caribbean Culture night brought life to the Graham Center pit last Wednesday.

Hosted on March 15, the event began at 9 p.m. and nearly lasted until midnight to give students leaving from class an uplifting end to their day.

The event was organized by the Caribbean Students Association at Florida International University,  which represents a wide diversity of students from countries such as Jamaica, Haiti, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and more.

The event began with a DJ mixing energetic traditional and modern music from Caribbean countries while an announcer encouraged passing students to join in on the fun. 

Students were allowed a free ticket to enter the pit and have a plate of food from the wide selection of foods from the various cultures.

Food such as cheese pasted bread, potato pie, curry and chicken with potatoes, conch frites, and lasagna were coupled with cups of refreshing carrot juice.

Additionally, Haitian codfish and chicken pasties were available for purchase.

After filling their plates, students could snack on chips, cheese puffs, and even some traditional Caribbean snacks.

A collection of traditional Caribbean snacks for students to enjoy | Kaysea Suzana, PantherNOW

Zie Henry, junior and member of the Caribbean Student Association, mentioned the importance of having culturally themed and high energy events, especially at night.

“We should have more. It would benefit many more students. It’s a good way to hang out and wind down, especially after classes. It’s a great way of interacting with new cultures as well, and overall I think they are a wholesome experience.”

It was this sentiment for fast-paced and stirring events that Veronique Mompremier, freshman and psychology major, shared.

“FIU should have more events, something that excites people; something that focuses on diversity and inclusion.”

Towards the end of the event, a special dance number was performed by PrestigeFIU.

Piggybacking off of the notion of cultural diversity and intersectional interactions, Henry further commented on its importance to FIU.

“One of the main reasons why FIU is great is because it’s a melting pot. There’s a lot of ways for cultures to blend and interact as well as learn from one another.”

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