When I was growing up, one of my favorite school days was cultural day. We would all sign up to bring foods from different countries and dress up in the region’s traditional clothing. I remember once I had to make a frittata to represent Greece – after about two dozen eggs, I cooked something that resembled eggs, vegetables and cheese. (Thankfully 20 years later, I kinda have figured out how to make a frittata, thanks to Alton Brown.)
Fast-forward about 20 years and know I have the chance to experience cultural day in grand scale.
The Town of Addison and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth proudly present the 5th annual WorldFest. Considered one of North Texas’ largest international festivals, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20 & 21, Addison Circle Park transforms into a genuine, global experience with international music and dance performances, art exhibitions, markets, cultural foods, and children’s arts and crafts.
This two-day “getaway” celebrates such diverse regions of the world as: Bulgaria, Ghana, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, and Turkey—come support our 2012 Cultural Partners who will proudly be celebrating their heritage at Addison’s WorldFest celebration.
Some of the highlights perfect for families include:
Global Food Court and Food Trucks
Delve into a smorgasbord of international cuisine. Start with a plate of Bulgarian salad or Latin cachapa (sweet grilled corn filled with beef & cheese; chicken & cheese; or cheese). Savor Hawaiian and Puerto Rican BBQ, indulge in Polish pierogis and a Scotch egg from Ghana – but save room for desert! Overindulge in Mediterranean pastries, French crepes and other delectable treats you can’t find anywhere else. New this year – food trucks have changed the face of the Dallas dining scene and at WorldFest they are making culture foods more approachable. Several cultural eats will be on hand to introduce the taste of international flavors. Visit here for a full list of menu items available at WorldFest!
Local high school students offer their time to lead children of all ages in a hands-on introduction to global cultures through arts, crafts and other creative activities. Children will enjoy making tissue flowers, rain sticks and origami, writing their names in hieroglyphics, learning the history of Spanish Capes and the art of dot painting, henna tattooing, card-making and more!
Fun, excitement and adventure are in store for the young and young-at-heart as they explore the strategy and rules of many interactive sports and table games that are played in countries around the world. Learn how to play Mancala and Yut Nori, as well as popular Bulgarian games.
No luggage needed for this cultural immersion of Asia, Europe, Africa, and theAmericas. “Travel the world in a weekend at WorldFest.”
Saturday, Oct. 20 & 21, Noon – 6 p.m.
Addison Circle Park
Free parking located at the northwest corner of North Dallas Parkway and Arapaho Road
$5 at the gate for ages 4+. (Discount tickets available at DFW Albertsons Market locations for $4.)
Disclaimer: I work in an official capacity to help promote WorldFest for the Town of Addison.
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