Amazing Taste makes 2016 return

Students try Spanish paella in the Student Center Tally Food Court for the Amazing Taste food fair on Nov. 3. The event also featured bug tastings, an exotic animal show, cultural displays, student performances and more. Grace Ramey // DN
Students try Spanish paella in the Student Center Tally Food Court for the Amazing Taste food fair on Nov. 3. The event also featured bug tastings, an exotic animal show, cultural displays, student performances and more. Grace Ramey // DN

When: Nov. 3, 5-8 p.m.

Where: L.A. Pittenger Student Center

With an exotic animal show, henna tattoos, ice sculpting and musical performances, The Amazing Taste draws in more than 2,000 visitors each year and features an array of international cultural displays, performances and foods.

The Amazing Taste will return Nov. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. 

One of the highlights of the Amazing Taste that brings people back each year is the chance to try an assortment of exotic dishes from more than 20 different countries. The event allows students to try different foods that they would not normally encounter in a dining hall on campus.

Although there will be many unique cuisine choices to try, the strangest food that visitors will encounter is probably the selection of edible insects.

Back by popular demand, the Amazing Taste will give visitors the chance to try a variety of bugs, including water beetles, silkworms, grasshoppers and more.

“There's often a lot of hesitation while a student stares at the bug, then a brave decision to pop it into their mouth, followed by a good amount of grimacing and head-shaking,” said Suzanne Clem, marketing coordinator for Ball State Dining. “On the other hand, a lot of students discover that they love them.”

The Amazing Taste will also feature more than 15 student performances. Abbas Jammali, a master's student in Ball State’s physics department, will be performing the Iraqi Chobi Dance Thursday evening.

“Chobi is a modern circle dance or folk dance that [is] performed in a line. The dance has pronounced leg elevation and swaying,” Jammali said. “Most of the dances allow [an] unlimited number of performers.”

Though watching the performances and viewing the displays are free, if attendees want to try the different foods The Amazing Taste has to offer, students with meal plans can use a meal swipe to access the culinary options.

Students who do not have a meal plan and still want to eat at the event can purchase a wristband for $8.40, without tax for Ball State students.

Students can buy their wristbands at the door the night of the Amazing Taste, or they can purchase them at the Student Center Tally until 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

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