The Antigonish International Film Festival Community Dinner to be Hosted by Cultural Connections Antigonish

By Trina Davenport
First published on Oct 8th 2015


Picture from previous Cultural Connections Antigonish potluck meal.

The Antigonish International Film Festival celebrates its ninth festival October 23 – 24.  Every year the festival concludes with a Community Dinner which brings festival goers together to have a tasty and relaxed meal and to discuss the films and the issues raised by the films.

AIFF is very excited that this year the Community Dinner will be catered by Cultural Connections Antigonish, formerly known as The Antigonish International Potluck Group.  This vibrant group formed four years ago to welcome and include newcomers and visiting internationals by using the potluck model of coming together to share a meal. Over the four years they have had different themes: Filipino, African, Celtic; sometimes including activities such as drumming or dancing, sometimes having speakers, but always fun and always sharing a meal.  St. James United Church has supported their efforts by giving the group the use of its newly renovated kitchen and hall. Having a state of the art kitchen, and  a barrier free hall with  barrier free washrooms have been greatly appreciated, and it is here at the St. James United Church Hall that this year’s AIFF Community Dinner will take place. Other partners and supporters of Cultural Connections Antigonish have included Sun Life Insurance,  StFX International Students Society, StFX Service Learning Program & Student Society, StFX Dept. of Human Nutrition, StFX  Development Studies Program.

The menu for this year’s AIFF Community Dinner is an exciting multicultural mix in keeping with the international nature of the festival:

Indian Snacks
Soup – Tom Kha Gai (Thailand) …….vegetarian
Hors d’oeuvres – Samosas (India), Spring Rolls (Vietnam)
Salads – (India, China)
Main Course – Chicken Curry with rice (Indonesia)
Palak Paneer with rice (India) vegetarian option
Selection of Desserts – (India, China, Indonesia)
Coffee and a selection of teas
Seating will be in small groups and the meal will be served family style.  The hall will open at 5:30 and the StFX WUSC Student Refugee Program will be operating a soft drink cash bar with the profits going to S.A.F.E.  Dinner will begin at 6:30.  There will also be a draw for door prizes supplied by some of AIFF’s generous sponsors.

Tickets for the Community Dinner are $15.00 and are on sale at Lyghtesome Gallery.  Please specify which main course option you prefer when purchasing your ticket. There is limited seating, so get your tickets early.  It promises to be a delightful gathering!

All proceeds from the dinner will go to the St. James United Church Roof Repair Fund.

Antigonish International Film Festival Passes, giving admission to all films October 23-24, are $15.00 regular, $5.00 student/unwaged and are on sale at Brendan’s Fairway, Lyghtesome Gallery and People’s Place Library.

Cultural Connections Antigonish will be hosting their next potluck at St. James United Church Hall on November 29th at 5:30 pm.


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