Imagine beaches and steel drums.

This years International Dinner at West Virginia University will feature the exotic flavors and relaxing sounds of the Caribbean.

WVU s International Student Organization (ISO) will host the event at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, in the Mountainlair ballrooms.

The menu includes an assortment of mouthwatering dishes, including Jamaican jerk chicken, Caribbean vegetable curry, Guyanan rum cake, fried plantains with cheese and many others. Four of the entrees will be vegetarian.

There will also be Cuban salsa dancing, a drum performance and other live entertainment.

The goal of the dinner and other activities organized by the ISO is to promote understanding and diversity, said Ayumi Tsuda, ISO president.

Its an opportunity for Morgantown and WVU students to experience other cultures,she said.We had several ideas this year, and the Caribbean sounded like fun.

The International Dinner, a tradition for more than 20 years at the University, is the ISO s annual fundraiser. More than 350 people participated last year, Tsuda said, with about a quarter of those from the Morgantown community.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students over age 7. They may be purchased from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. through Friday, Feb. 29, in the Mountainlair or from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. at the Office of International Students and Scholars in Elizabeth Moore Hall on the Downtown Campus.