It was Chinese New Year again and although far away from home, you could still sense the excitement and anticipation in the city of Sheffield. Castle Market, grocery stores and oriental shops were full of people buying food and drinks for the respective dinners they were going to have to celebrate this festival.
This year, MASSOC headed to Orient Express on West Street for our Chinese New Year dinner. It was a good time for seniors and juniors to mingle, get to know each other and spend time together. Freshers who were spending their first Chinese New Year away from home could have dinner with the ‘family’ they’ve made in Sheffield while meeting more new friends.
All 58 people arrived by 8.00pm and by 8.30pm, everyone was sat down and dinner was being served. Each table had 8 dishes from roast duck to steamed fish and even deep fried squid. The restaurant quickly fell into a hush as everyone stopped talking and started eating; food has always been that important to us. There was also a halal table which meant the Muslim members of MASSOC could join in the festivities.
As the night wore on, some stayed on to continue catching up on how things have been while some others left for home. All in all, it was a simple Chinese New Year dinner but when spent with good friends, it made for a great night; one that continues to remind us of how fortunate we are to have such a ‘family’ with us in Sheffield.