Positive Kulture Festival brings international dishes to the community

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Charlottesville community learned about different cultures with food during the Positive Kulture Festival at IX Art Park on Sunday.

People bought plates to fill with a variety of international dishes, including a unique macaroni and cheese from Switzerland.

"I'm cooking the Alpine version of macaroni and cheese," said Rolf Strub, one of the chefs at Positive Kulture Festival. "It's all cooked with ham and potatoes and cooked in milk with macaroni."

Strub was one of several chefs cooking a unique recipe people can find from around the world.

The festival was part of Unity Days, a series of events happening throughout the summer in Charlottesville.

Antwon Brinson, one of the organizers for the Positive Kulture Festival, said he wanted to make this food festival stand out by having the kitchens next to the food stations.

"I've built a kitchen, so there's stoves and flat tops," he said. "You get an opportunity to see these individuals in their passion, which is cooking the food. They bring it out fresh so you get a chance to try everything."

Although the festival is about trying new dishes, Brinson said it's also about sharing cultures.

"This festival really represents the diversity that I've seen in my classroom and all the different people that bring dishes in and share them with each other to showcase their passion, love and history with the dishes they bring in," Brinson said.

This love is also an important element organizers said will help the community accept each other's differences.

"Different is just different. It's not wrong," said Joshua René, another organizer of the Positive Kulture Festival. "I think we celebrate that when we get to celebrate what each other brings out whether it's food, culture or music."

The celebration is also something Strub said the other chefs appreciate as a chance to spread a positive culture.

"Everybody tasted everyone's food and wanted to know how it was cooked and the idea behind it," Strub said. "It was really cool."

For more information on future events for Unity Days, you can click on the link in the Related Links box.

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