2018 International Food Fiesta

When: Wednesday, September 26
Where: Star Commons
Time: Starting at 5:00 p.m. Judging will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m.

Registration for cooks is now open! Registration closes at 5pm on Thursday, September 20.  Register now

Admission is FREE Duke Law students!

2017 Categories

  • Best Dessert
  • Best Spicy Dish
  • Most Kid-Friendly Dish
  • Best Vegetarian Dish
  • Best Comfort Food
  • Best Dish on a Public Interest Salary
  • Most Representative of your Home Country

Event Rules

  • Choose a category and submit a dish. You may also compete in more than one category by submitting a separate dish for each category.
  • You may compete in teams. Whether prepared by one cook or a team, each dish should feed at least 30 people per cook.
  • Participants should arrive and set up beginning at 5 p.m. The Fiesta begins at 5:30 p.m. and judging will begin promptly.
  • Tables will be provided for participants to display their dishes.
  • NO facilities will be provided to cook, heat, or otherwise prepare dishes. Please bring dishes fully-prepared and ready to display.
  • You may bring a crock pot, warmer, etc. to keep your dish warm. You may request a table near an electrical outlet when registering, but please bring your own extension cord.
  • Plates, tableware, and napkins will be provided to serve attendees. Please bring your own utensils, platters, etc. to serve your dishes.
  • Winners will be announced at the event.

Food Safety Guidelines

  • One participant must remain with his or her dish to serve food to Fiesta attendees at all times; Fiesta attendees may not serve themselves.
  • Participants must wear serving gloves (provided by OSA) when serving food.
  • Participants must wash their hands prior to beginning or resuming food service.
  • Fiesta attendees must use disposable utensils (provided by OSA).
  • Fiesta attendees are encouraged to use hand sanitizer at each station (provided by OSA).

Contact Leigh Marquess in the Office of Student Affairs at leigh.marquess@law.duke.edu if you have any questions about the Food Fiesta. For additional information about safe preparation and handling of food, refer to this website through the US Department of Agriculture.