January 17, 2011: One World Dinner

Media Release: One World Dinner: For Immediate Distribution

January 17th, 2011

Peterborough's 30th annual One World Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 5th at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church Hall (corner of Water and Murray Streets). The community is invited to come and celebrate this annual community event with family and friends.

The dinner, which is often referred to as the 'World's Largest Vegetarian Potluck,' is a community fundraising event for the New Canadians Centre, The Kawartha World Issues Centre and Jamaican Self-Help. The Trent University WUSC group raises money to sponsor a refugee student to study at Trent by selling hot and cold drinks during the evening. The theme of the 30th anniversary dinner, “Where’s the Meat”, was selected as a playful way to reflect on the dinner’s annual vegetarian theme and to remind us that conscientiously choosing meatless dishes as part of our diet has a direct impact on both environmental health and equitable access to food resources, worldwide.

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, as well as cutlery, plates and cups. Desserts donated by local businesses and individuals are auctioned off following the dinner. As well, donated items are raffle off during the evening so bring some space change.

The One World Dinner will feature the PCVS Drummers, a special food ditty written and performed by Prince of Wales students, the inspiring Trent International Student Choir, and the well loved Raging Grannies. Local spoken word artists, Ziy and Fraser will emcee the dinner. Glen Caradus and friends close with a traditional square dance.

Tickets are available at the door only: 'pay what you can' with a suggested price of $5/person and $10/family.

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), Steve Ross (New Canadians Centre). We hope you will join us!  If you have any questions, please give us a call.  Thank you, Julie