Worldfest at Frankfurt International School

This afternoon the Frankfurt International School at the northern end of Oberursel celebrated their “Worldfest”.

At Worldfest, the parents of the pupils attending the school sell food and drink as well as arts and crafts from their home countries.  With 19 countries represented, there was certainly a wide choice of things to try, from more well-known dishes such as pizza (Italy), sushi (Japan), and Bratwurst (Germany), to more exotic items like Blini and Pirozhki (Russia), Poffertjes (Netherlands) and Bulgogi (Korea).

FIS Worldfest 22nd May 2011 - Indian stand

Food at the Indian stand

The elderflower lemonade from Sweden certainly made an interesting – and refreshing – alternative to the usual type of drinks at such festivals.

With the school celebrating its 50th anniversary this year as well, the festival was particularly well visited, with alumni swelling the numbers to an estimated 3,000 visitors!  In the entrance, a selection of vintage cars were on show from the 1960s and 1970s – the early years of the school, accompanied by their owners who were happy to explain their cherished automobiles.

Amongst the first visitors were the Interior Minister of the State of Hesse, Boris Rhein, the Mayor of Oberursel Hans-Georg Brum, and with the Hessentag only a few weeks away, the Hessentagspaar (Charmaine Weisenbach and Christian Peter) were also present.  After stopping for photos at a 1961 car, they were taken on a tour of the school.

Hans-Georg Brum and the Hessentagspaar at the automobile collection

Hans-Georg Brum (left) and the Hessentagspaar (centre) in front of a 1961 Mercedes

Entertainment was provided by the pupils in the form of the FIS Jazz Band, an 8th Grade Flashmob and dances from places like India and Russia – nationalities found among the 1,700 pupils.  For the pupils themselves there were games and bouncy castles.

The FIS Jazz Band

The FIS Jazz Band

Inside the school building the arts and crafts area offered jewellery, English books, and even oriental rugs, with the British Tea room offering a good chance to get out of the sun and enjoy some strawberries.

Inside the school

Inside the school

Although there was a slight drizzle at one point, the weather otherwise stayed fine.  Indeed, once the sun came out for the afternoon, it was very much the place to be for the ex-pats in the area and I saw many familiar faces.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.

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