Written by Michael Chen
The annual fall club food fair has been pushed back due to schedule conflicts. The food fair, usually held in Oct., was rescheduled due to overlap with Homecoming. The new fair date has not yet been decided.
According to Student Activities Director Lisa Hall, in addition to the change of date, the Fall Club Food Fair will also be subject to other changes. “If the event happens, then the participants will most likely not be selling food,” Hall said. This change is due to the new state nutritional restrictions. While these are not new, the district food services will actually be enforcing the law this year.
According to Student Executive Council (SEC) Publicity Commissioner Sarah Reich, the food fair was scheduled to occur on Oct. 24, the week before Homecoming. “This year because Homecoming was pushed back, the date of the food fair fell on the week before Homecoming,” Reich said.
According to Reich, the decision was made to ensure the success and convenience of the food fair. “Because the week leading up to Homecoming is such a hectic time on campus, SEC decided it was best to push the food fair back to make sure that it was as smooth and successful as possible,” Reich said.
According to Hall, SEC has not yet determined the exact date when the fair will occur. “The Fall Club Food Fair has not been rescheduled as of yet,” Hall said.
Reich says that despite these changes there will be no significant alterations to the fair’s goals. “SEC still wants as many clubs to participate in the fair as possible,” Reich said.
However, this year’s nutritional restrictions are so strict that a number of clubs have been discouraged from participating. According to sophomore Randy Wu, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will not be participating in the food fair. “The food restrictions are so strict this year that we are just not going to participate,” Wu said. “There are so many restrictions on the amount of calories any food can have that it’s just not worth the trouble for FBLA to take part in the fair.”
Despite making students wait longer for one of Gunn’s most cherished traditions, the delaying of the Fall Club Food Fair has a few advantages. Reich believes that delaying the event will allow SEC more time to convince and increase the number of clubs participating in the fair. “One of our goals is to make this a really inclusive event,” Reich said. “Since the event is being pushed back, it’s a great opportunity to try and get more and more of our clubs to sign up for it.”