by Kath Davies, PTSA Food Fair Coordinator
After a break of three years, we will finally be able to host Food Fair at YIS again; this year, it will be held on November 6. Excitement is starting to build as planning is well underway. Whilst this has always been the largest fundraiser event of the year, this time Food Fair is, more than ever, about the chance for our whole community to reconnect and celebrate. There is no doubt many of you reading this article will not have experienced Food Fair, and thus we are looking forward to sharing this special day with you.
This year we will have at least 16 different food booths set up by YIS parents and staff to represent the various cultures we have at our school. Some are new to Food Fair - for the first time, we will have a traditional doner kebab grill serving fresh kebabs from Turkey, as well as an Hawaiian Booth whose staff you may have seen testing recipes in our community room. Of course don’t worry, the old favourites will be back - from Asia, to the Americas, from Australia to Europe it's definitely a food journey around the world! Is your mouth watering yet?
Food Fair is so much more than just food. We are lucky to have a full day of entertainment planned by our wonderful music department. For those students who want to showcase their talents in a more informal setting, YIS’s Got Talent will be back with open mic sessions where community members can display their talents on center stage!
Whilst sitting back and enjoying the entertainment in the cafeteria, our Dragon Cafe will be serving homemade cakes and goodies donated by our community along with a cup of steaming tea or Segofreddo coffee.
It's easy to use the phrase ”a whole community event”, but at YIS, Food Fair certainly is that. Our Grade 11 students are already busy planning their haunted house. Past themes have included Haunted Hospital, and our Grade 11 students seem to be able to apply all their creative and inventive juices to create something that wouldn't be out of place in Hollywood.
Our Middle and High School students will also be helping run Games Galaxy to entertain the younger members of our YIS family. There will be carnival games to play with prizes to be won, as well as a bouncy castle and decorative tattoo parlour. Just remember, Games Galaxy is cashless so stock up on tickets to play. These are currently on sale in the school shop or at Food Fair in the gym. Also in the gym will be booths from our student service groups who will not only be fundraising but also advocating for their service partners. It’s a great chance to find out more and support some wonderful groups.
Of course, we can't forget the shopping! From outside vendors to our upcycling bookstore and white elephant flea market, there are plenty of ways to treat yourself! If shopping is not for you, why not buy some raffle tickets to win some wonderful prizes? This year our sponsors have donated hotel stays, Nespresso machines, dinners and much more so make sure you buy some tickets - you have to be in it to win it!!
Finally, and most importantly, our alumni are coming home to see the Honmoku campus so it'll be great to catch up with some familiar faces and introduce them to our new home. Save the date, come along and have fun - we can’t wait to see you there!!
See pictures of Food Fair 2019 in YIS Photos.