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 Students and staff at Thornton Science Park celebrating the third international Festival of Food.

The aim of the Festival is to share home cooked food and recipes from the UK and overseas. “We normally have this event before the Christmas break”, said Professor Steve Wilkinson, the head of the Festival organising committee, “but this year, to cheer everyone up, we chose ‘Blue Monday’ - the third Monday in January, which has been calculated by experts to be the most depressing day of the year!”

Spicy dishes featured heavily in the savoury offerings, including a delicious chicken Korai curry from Pakistan and also a suite of luxurious Iranian dishes. The favourite sweet offerings were a selection of traditional Libyan cakes made by Salima Abeid who combines superb cooking with her PhD research in advanced power electronics.

“Events like this are such a unique feature of the site,” said Gavin Colls, from Thornton based company, Bullion Tech. “I can walk from our labs two minutes across the campus lawn and be sharing food (and research ideas) with staff and students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering.”

Fourth year chemical engineering students, Victoria Anderson and Matt Winter, were delighted to be warmed by some spicy food on a cold January day. “We really appreciate events such as these, where student work placements, or even permanent jobs, can be lined up,” said Victoria. “We all feel part of a strong community here at Thornton, which is so important for us,” added Matt.

Professor Steve Wilkinson said: “This event has proved to be extremely popular, year on year, and we’re already looking forward to our next!”

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