DCPS International Food Days
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 – 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 »
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 – 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:
Fragrant Brown Rice w/ Fresh Lemongrass
Indonesian Steamed Vegetables
Baked Sweet Plantains
Baked White Fish w/Coconut Milk
Indonesian Cole Slaw
Indonesian Meatball Soup
Diced Red Potatoes
Whole Wheat Dinner Roll
Honey Roasted Soy Nuts
Panamanian Food Day – 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:
Spicy Red Beans
Arroz con Pollo
Traditional Potato Salad
Arroz con Pollo w/Spanish Brown Rice