Locust Valley Intermediate School’s cafeteria was transformed into an international cafe when families came together to share foods from their native cultures during the International Food Festival on Nov. 10.

Sponsored by the Locust Valley Elementary Parents’ Council, the annual dinner is an opportunity for families to learn about each other’s cultures, try foods they may never have tried before and open their minds to new experiences. Families volunteered to bring dishes to the potluck event, and each dish was marked with its name and country of origin. The buffet table was filled with old family recipes for familiar dishes and not-so-familiar ones. Parents and children joined their friends and made new ones as they sat together to share the meal.

Music and crafts from various countries helped to create an international ambiance in which attendees shared stories of their cultures, recipes and family histories.

This is a wonderful opportunity for LVE families to share their family traditions and favorite dishes with each other,” said Loretta Pisciotta, who organized the event with fellow Parent Council volunteer Sara Maragos. “From Greek salad and Irish shepherd’s pie to flan from Paraguay, we all dined on some pretty spectacular foods."