DCPS International Food Days 

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In partnership with the Embassy Adoption Program, DCPS Food Services is celebrating the tastes and flavors of global cuisine by holding four international food day events sponsored by DC embassies.  These events will expose students to new foods and to the cultures and customs of the countries being featured.

On each international food day, DCPS will serve traditional dishes of the featured country in the cafeteria. Cultural events and educational activities will be made available to schools who would like to provide additional activities for students.     

2011-12 International Food Schedule

Oct. 26, 2011:  Nordic Food Day

Sponsored by the Embassy of Sweden, the Embassy of Norway, the Embassy of Iceland, the Embassy of Finland, and the Embassy of Denmark.

Jan. 25, 2012:  Indonesian Food Day

Sponsored by the Embassy of Indonesia

May 11, 2012: Panamanian Food Day

Sponsored by the Embassy of Panama

Dec 4, 2012: Korean Food Day

Sponsored by the Embassy of Korea

Nordic Food Day โ€“ October 26, 2011

The countries of Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark are commonly referred to as the Nordic Countries as they share a similar history and environment. The cuisine of the Nordic countries is simple, seasonal, and celebrates the bounty of nature. Traditional dishes typically include fish, which is commonly smoked or served with a cream sauce, cured meat or game, pickled or boiled vegetables, and seasonal fresh fruits including lingonberries and bilberries.  

View a slideshow from the event ยป

On the Menu:

Nordic Day Worksheets, appropriate for elementary-aged students

Food Match - Match each food to its country

Flag Coloring - Color in the different flags of the Nordic countries

Word Search - Identify traditional Nordic foods in a letter jumble

Indonesian Food Day โ€“ January 25, 2012

Due to the more than 6,000 different islands that make up the country of Indonesia, the food culture is extremely diverse. Indonesian cuisine has been influenced by India, China and Europe. Indonesian dishes are full of flavor from spices such as lemongrass, nutmeg and ginger. Traditional Indonesian meals typically include rice, meat soups and leafy green vegetables. 

On the Menu:


Lunch Menu:

Curried Chicken
Fragrant Brown Rice w/ Fresh Lemongrass
Indonesian Steamed Vegetables
Baked Sweet Plantains


Baked White Fish w/Coconut Milk
Brown Rice
Indonesian Cole Slaw
Sweet Plantains


Indonesian Meatball Soup
Diced Red Potatoes
Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
Honey Roasted Soy Nuts

Panamanian Food Day โ€“ May 11, 2012

The country of Panama serves as a land bridge between North America and South America. Because of this, Panama has an enormous variety of tropical fruits and vegetables such as mangos, melons and plantains. Panamanian food is similar to other countries in Latin America but it is not as spicy. Arroz con pollo (rice and chicken), sancocho (chicken and corn soup) and tamales are common Panamanian meals.

On the Menu:


Lunch Menu:

Beef Empanadas
Spicy Red Beans
Pineapple Coleslaw
Sliced Melon 


Arroz con Pollo
Traditional Potato Salad
Sweet Plantains


Arroz con Pollo w/Spanish Brown Rice
Steamed Corn
Fresh Fruit



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