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Global Campus Programme

Global Campus canteen takeovers

Celebrate global cultural events with food from around the world in our new monthly canteen takeovers. Let us know if there is a festivity you would like to see celebrated!

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Friday 9 February: Lunar New Year Canteen Takeover

It's time to eat some delicious Asian food to celebrate Lunar New Year! Across East Asia, families and friends gather to celebrate with fireworks, parades and banquets. In China, everyone wears red, the colour of joy and happiness. Orange fruits, like tangerines and kumquats, are given as gifts because their golden colour symbolises prosperity.

Certain foods are highly symbolic for the New Year, such as noodles, which symbolise longevity, dumplings, which symbolise wealth (the more you eat, the wealthier you'll be in the new year) and round rice balls, which symbolise reunion and being together. Our canteen will celebrate with Chinese food for you all to enjoy.

Tuesday 13 February - Pancake Day Canteen Takeover

Shrove Tuesday (also known as Pancake Day) is a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in many countries by consuming pancakes.

Pancake Day is traditionally the last chance for a spot of indulgence before 40 days of fasting, and also an opportunity to use up food that couldn't be eaten during Lent, such as eggs, fat and milk - the perfect recipe for pancakes!

Today, many people still give up something for 40 days, such as chocolate or less healthy habits such as smoking or drinking. Pop on by to the canteen today to grab your sweet or savoury pancake treat.

Wednesday 14 February - Valentine's Day Canteen Takeover

Whether you love Valentine's Day or hate it, one thing's clear: Valentine's Day history goes way back. And while Valentine's Day is now known as the day of love and for all things romantic it’s historical origins actually include a saint, a massacre, and even the sinful nuns of Valentine's Day. But today we will celebrate with a delicious Valentine’s and love themed lunch and of course will be giving out free Love Heart Candy!

Friday 29 March - Easter Canteen Takeover

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It celebrates Jesus rising from the dead, 3 days after he was executed. Easter Sunday is celebrated with a special lunch, often with lamb as the main dish alongside fresh spring vegetables. Of course, in a relatively modern tradition, you also offer chocolate Easter eggs as gifts to celebrate the day (the first one was created in the early 1870’s by Cadbury). An egg is a symbol of new life and of course you will find us giving out some at the canteen today!

Friday 12 April - Sri Lankan New Year Canteen Takeover

Sinhalese New Year, generally known as Aluth Avurudda in Sri Lanka, is a Sri Lankan holiday that celebrates the traditional New Year of the Sinhalese people and Tamil population of Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by not only the Sinhalese and Tamil people but by most Sri Lankans. Join us in the canteen to try some Sri Lankan inspired food as we join in the fesitivites.

Tuesday 13 May - International Burger Day Canteen Takeover

International Burger Day is celebrated on May 28 annually. Burgers are one of the most popular foods globally and with many reasons! They are fast to make, cheap to make and most importantly really tasty. Even a bad one is normally good in some way!

Formerly considered inferior to prime slices, ground beef was considered a cheap by product but is now popularly used for hamburgers. Burgers have grown to international fame with different toppings, condiments, and variations. The canteen will serve up some delicious burger treats today!

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