Dress and Dine tickets still available

This Saturday's event features entertainment and a variety of ethnic foods

Immerse yourself in the music and food of a number of cultures without leaving Mission.

The Mission International Cultural Association (MICA) is putting on Dress and Dine for Diversity Sept. 20 at Cedarbrooke Chateau. This fundraiser aims to create a nest egg to properly host delegates in 2013 from Mission’s sister city, Oyama, Japan, said MICA board member Cory Cassel.

Mission delegates — including Cassel — went to Oyama in 2009, and he said they were treated exceptionally well. Cassel’s goal is to show the Oyama visitors an equal level of hospitality.

“They always made sure we were well taken care of. They spared no expense with us. If we suggested something, it happened,” he said.

This event starts at 7:30 p.m. and will feature about eight tasting stations reflecting the food from several cultures, all prepared by Cedarbrooke’s chef, Jason Johnston. Following the nosh will be a traditional First Nations welcome, tango demonstrations, bhangra dancing and taiko, Japanese drumming.

An art auction will follow, said Cassel.

MICA hopes to raise $10,000. Tickets are $50 and available at Mission Community Services, District of Mission municipal hall, Murdoch’s Book Shoppe or by calling Cassel at 604-832-3130.

For more information e-mail info@missionica.com.