World Food and Music Festival This Weekend!

Around the world in eighty bites. This weekend sees the return to the East Village of the World Food Festival, rechristened this year as the World Food and Music Festival.  All day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (Sept 20 – 22), our block of East Locust St and around the corner on East 5th, our little shopping district will be even more lively than usual, with dozens of mini-restaurants popping up amidst workshops and live music.

world_food_festivalThe Festival began in 2005 as “a celebration of Iowa’s rich agricultural heritage,” in conjunction with the World Food Prize Ceremony.

Over the last eight years, the event has evolved into a great big “global-local” celebration, with local food vendors offering cuisine from places as far-flung as Ethiopia, Czechoslovakia, Laos, and El Salvador. (Plenty of American favorites, too!) A full list of participating restaurants/food vendors is here.

Little tastes of international foods at the festival are available for $1 each, and meal-sized servings are $5. Once you discover your new favorite food, stop in and pick up the ingredients to make it at home! We’ve got everything from Ajowan (Indian food) to Za’atar (Middle Eastern cuisine).

There are also lots of lectures, cooking demonstrations, and culinary competitions on the schedule, too.

Tu_Babu_World_Food_FestivalIf music be the food of love, play on! This year, the festival is broadening its name to the World Food and Music Festival. While the festival has always included a variety of live world music* and dance, this year even more of these entertainments will be more prominently featured on the program. Here’s a link to the full schedule of music and other entertainment this weekend.

*That’s my hubby on the drums, performing with Tu Babu at the 2011 World Food Festival.

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