International Culture and Food Festival Returns to UM March 22

February 27, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host the 2015 International Culture and Food Festival from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the University Center. The annual event is part of UM’s celebration of International Month throughout March. The theme of this year’s festival is “Big Sky, Rising Sun.”

Festival tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Ticket price includes access to all festival events. Food purchases are separate. Tickets are available at the door the day of the event or in advance from Foreign Student and Scholar Services by calling 406-243-2226.  

The event is an extravaganza where guests can visit colorful display booths featuring countries around the world; thrill in a five-hour International Culture Show featuring music, song and dance seldom seen in Missoula; visit Children’s World with crafts, storytelling, games and other interactive events; watch films from the Montana International Children’s Film Festival; and savor delicious food from all corners of the globe in the Food Bazaar, with over 20 food booths offering culinary specialties, most of them handmade. 

The festival is Missoula’s biggest international event and a perennial favorite for participants and attendees alike. More than 3,000 people from campus and the community attend. It features over 100 separate events, booths and activities organized by both campus and community associations that have an international focus, as well as UM’s diverse international student and scholar community. The event is hosted by UM’s International Student Association and Foreign Student and Scholar Services and made possible by the generous sponsorship from UM and the Associated Students of UM.

This year the festival will partner with the Japan Friendship Club of Montana to showcase the 30th anniversary of the sister-state relationship between Kumamoto prefecture and the state of Montana. The club will present images and information about Kumamoto, as well as information about how to participate in the Montana-Kumamoto relationship. The festival also will feature an auction of international arts, crafts and dinners. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Missoula International Friendship Program, which offers support to UM’s international students.

For more information about the festival, call Mona Mondava, festival director, at 406-243-6059 or email For information about other events taking place during UM’s International Month, call Sonja Grimmsmann at 406-243-6865 or email

Contact: Mona Mondava, UM International Culture and Food Festival director, 406-243-6059,