What a World: Summit Middle School’s World Fest highlights 22 countries while benefiting eight-grader and cancer patient Armando Tovar | SummitDaily.com

What a World: Summit Middle School’s World Fest highlights 22 countries while benefiting eight-grader and cancer patient Armando Tovar

SUMMIT COUNTY – The second annual World Fest event will be at Summit Middle School Saturday. Students primarily from the sixth and seventh grades will give visitors glimpses of the world and its delightful cuisine. Interested students and teachers have undertaken the effort this year in cooperation with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, whose organizers started the festival last year.

The students and chefs from Hearthstone Catering and Vail Resorts will stage the event from 4-8 p.m. Saturday in the north gym and cafeteria at Summit Middle School. A Mexican band will play during World Fest, and the school play, “Evil Doings at Queen Toot’s Tomb,” starts at 7:30 p.m.

The students have spent a lot of time researching 22 countries to feature: Italy, Argentina, Japan, England, Mexico, Switzerland, Yugoslavia, France, China, Cuba, Brazil, Ireland, Norway, Austria, Scotland, Croatia, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Sweden, Hungary and Wales. Each booth will provide a “hook,” music, crafts, activity or other interactive component for the participants to explore.

Last year, one of the highlights was the food. This year, Hearthstone Catering’s corporate chef, Bruce Carlton, and chefs from Vail Resorts will prepare a multitude of recipes to try. The caterers will prepare dishes from Latin America and Europe.

Admission is $3 per person or $12 per family, and food passes are $5 for adults, $3 for children in middle school or younger.

Last year, World Fest raised more than $3,000 to donate to the charities the students chose.

This year, the students have named the Armando Tovar family as their local beneficiary and Heifer International as their global beneficiary.

Armando is an eighth-

grader at Summit Middle School and is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Heifer International buys animals for families and provides facilities and training. One or more of the offspring of the animals goes to another family in the village or town. The animals include heifers, goats, pigs, sheep, llamas, rabbits, chickens, honeybees and water buffaloes.

For more information about World Fest, call Lisa Brozovich at (970) 453-1364. For more information about the International Baccalaureate program, call Nanci Morse at (970) 668-3011.

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