Students of Karelia University of Applied Sciences studying German, German and Austrian students and pretty much anyone interested in German language and culture were welcome to the German evening arranged by Tourism and Hospitality students Eleonora Oksman, Roosa Savinainen, Juuso Oikari and Eetu Hirvonen.
Juuso, Eetu, Eleonora and Roosa, the event organizers who put much love in this successful evening.
The event started with German language teacher Kaija Sankila, POKA (Student Union of Karelia University of Applied Sciences) coordinator Mervi Hinkkanen and the organizers of the event welcoming their guests. After the welcoming, it was natural to hear the national anthem of Germany to open officially the event. Kaija Sankila proceeded with showing us an interesting video about Oktobersfest and us participating in a fun quiz about it.
Kaija Sankila and Mervi Hinkkanen welcoming the guests.
One of the guests in that evening was the representative of Finnish-German society. He informed us about the actions of the society and gave an exceptional presentation on the German cuisine. The German and Austrian students of Karelia UAS introduced also themselves and gave us information about themselves and their places of origin. They organized for us an amusing quiz about Germany, through which we gained some more knowledge about this country and its people.
The German and Austrian students introducing themselves to us.
From such an event German food could not be missing. Under the guidance of tourism teacher Tuula Ikonen, students prepared delicious German food for the guests to enjoy. Among other things, different sausages, potato salad, onion pie, authentic German pretzel and beer were offered to the guests in a lovely, warm atmosphere in the restaurant of Wärtsilä Campus. The decoration of the space did not go unnoticed as well· German flags and posters were evident everywhere. The attention and effort organizers put on this event could also be seen from smaller details such as the Germany related napkins etc.
German Food in all its glory. Lecker!
The event ended with a lottery. Beautiful gifts such as German beer and Karelia products were given to the winners. I myself left with a collection of Goethe pins with words and phrases in German. Overall, the event was outstanding and I believe the guests enjoyed it with all their senses. The smell and flavor of the food was definitely was zum Genießen. The German music playing in the background was splendid and the room was marvelously adorned. Most importantly we learned more about Germany and its culture and everyone practiced their language skills whether it was German, English or Finnish. I would absolutely describe this event as a success and I’m looking forward to attending the next one.