By Jamie Chau
Each year, Mark Keppel High School hosts a Winterfest, a nighttime event in which clubs and organizations sell food and drinks for fundraising purposes. I went to my second ever Winterfest on January 13th.
Remembering that I didn’t really get a kick out of it last year, I initially did not want to go. But since my journalism team had a booth, I thought I’d go and help out. It started at 6 p.m., and I ended up staying till 9 p.m. (the event ended at 10). Needless to say, I enjoyed myself.
The clubs provided a variety of food, from chicken and waffles to pizza. Food trucks from Fluff Ice and Ridges Churros also served to be a delectable addition. Prices were also moderate, which welcomed visitors all around. A boy’s basketball game that occurred simultaneously with Winterfest, which served as another point of attraction. Junior Hilary Luong said, “The food selection was much better this year, and the basketball game inside attracted many visitors!”
In regard to the purpose of Winterfest, it was a great way for clubs to earn money. I, for one, was proud of my team for clearing out our kimchi fried rice and making a profit. Another club that sold out was the Ahssa Teoki Korean Culture Club.
Perhaps the single flaw of Winterfest is that it’s small. It occupies just a fraction of space between the A building and old gym of Mark Keppel, and there’s about 25 booths squished into it. But even this had its benefits. The concentrated area made it easier to find friends and locate booths.
Personally, I thought Winterfest was a good opportunity to spend time with friends and splurge on food (the beef bowl was great). I would, however, prefer Winterfest to be indoors and during December, just for the sake of holiday spirit. In any case, I’m glad I dragged myself away from my television to enjoy the event.