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Press Release - 26 September 2006

Chinese State Circus to mark opening of oriental grocery store on campus

The Chinese State Circus and the Shaolin Wu-Shu Warriors will provide the entertainment as students and staff celebrate the opening of a new oriental grocery store on the University of Bath campus (noon, Thursday 28 September).

Traditional dancing lions and performers will provide a colourful display of acrobatics and martial arts to mark the opening of the Students’ Union’s new store, Fresh Oriental, which will specialise in authentic oriental cookery products.

Fresh Oriental – located on the main parade - is being opened in response to demand from the large international student population at the University, who are keen for a taste of home, as well as the growing interest in ethnic cooking from students, staff and visitors.

The store will offer the opportunity to buy imported oriental produce, including bulk sizes of Thai, Korean and sushi rice, snacks, such as dried squid, cuttlefish and fried dough, and an assortment of different types of noodle boxes and packets.

Christine Allgood, the Students' Union Shop Manager, said: "We are delighted to have the Chinese State Circus supporting the opening of Fresh Oriental.

“Once up and running we will also be actively looking to incorporate additional products, including a halal and kosher range, fresh sushi and products from the Indian subcontinent.

"Like the other stores on campus, Fresh Oriental will be open to members of the public who will be able find exciting new ingredients and other products they can use in their home cooking.”

Peter Yu, the Students’ Union’s VP Communications officer, said: “With Fresh Oriental opening, it’s great to see more choice for our students, giving them the option to try out new foods.”

The official opening of Fresh Oriental will take place at noon on Thursday 28 September and will be immediately followed by traditional dancing lions and martial arts from the Shaolin school of Kung Fu and Qigong - an ancient discipline transformed into a dramatic entertainment.

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