January 17, 2012:

January 17, 2012

Media Release: Peterborough Annual One World Dinner

For Immediate Distribution

Peterborough's 31st annual One World Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 4th at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall (corner of Water and Murray Streets). The community is invited to come and celebrate this annual event with family and friends.

The dinner, which is often referred to as the 'World's Largest Vegetarian Potluck,' is a fundraising event for the New Canadians Centre, The Kawartha World Issues Centre and Jamaican Self-Help. The Trent University Local Committee of WUSC raises money to sponsor a refugee student to study at Trent by selling hot and cold drinks during the evening.

The theme “Food and Conversations from around the World” was chosen to highlight the diverse community that assembles at the dinner and the variety of delicious dishes you won’t find anywhere else. Featured this year will be The Teaching of the Three Sisters Soup, sponsored by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Grandfather’s Catering and The Seasoned Spoon.

The Teaching of the Three Sisters is known to many First Nations people and is as diverse as the people who have adapted it. To the first farmers the crops of corn, beans and squash were critical to the survival of the people and were seen as special gifts from the creator or great spirit because they no longer had to depend on fish, meat and fowl. Darline Pomeroy from the ETFO will share her version of the legend which speaks to benefits of both companion planting and cultivating the benefits of human diversity.

Beginning as an Oxfam dinner years ago, and now organized as a community potluck, One World Dinner participants bring a vegetarian (meat/fish free) main dish to feed 4 to 6 people, an ingredient list, and a serving utensil, cutlery, plates and cups. Desserts donated by local businesses and individuals are auctioned off following the dinner. A raffle of donated items is held during the evening so bring some spare change.

Live music includes Maliina Boisson, Faris Khoury and Joey Chayya tabla on guitar creating an energized East-West fusion, the inspiring Trent International Student Choir and the well loved Raging Grannies. Peterborough’s own Resolutionaries will provide the after dinner dance music.

Tickets are available at the door only: 'pay what you can' with a suggested price of $5/person and $10/family.  Doors open at 5:30pm with dinner beginning at 6pm sharp.

The One World Dinner is an accessible, family community event with child friendly space provided.

For more information about the One World Dinner or volunteer opportunities with the organizing agencies, please visit www.kwic.info, or contact KWIC at 705-748-1680.

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The media are very welcome to attend the dinner. Media contacts at the dinner will be Marisa Kaczmarczyk (Jamaica Self Help), Julie Cosgrove (Kawartha World Issues Centre), Maryam Monsef (NCC).We hope you will join us!   If you have any questions, please give us a call.  Thank you, Julie