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The International Festival

I was the last of my friends to grudgingly switch over to Facebook, and while others were “pinning,” I figured it was a new knitting or crocheting technique that I wasn’t hip to and I’ve yet to watch a single episode of “Dancing With The Stars,” “Bachelorette,” or any of the other slew of talent competition shows out there.  I just imagine that it’s the basis for the parody that is “God Bless America,” a most interesting movie that I watched last week.  No, I don’t know what Lindsay Lohan did nor do I care what Miley Cyrus’ hair looks like.  It’s almost horrific what counts as entertainment these days-don’t even get me started on kids shows.  There was some shock value however, in the fact that I had never been to the local international festival until this past weekend.  The ’37th annual!’ banner made me sheepishly grin before I scurried around like a crazy person.  Not only was there an abundance of food, there was cuisine that represented at least 50 different nations…something to definitely get excited about.  It’s considered to be one of my city’s top cultural events and was one of the first events to reflect the growing international dimension of our city though, I had to chuckle to myself when not a single Korean face was to be found at the Korea booth but nonetheless, I was glad to see it busy.

I can’t wait to go to Thailand one day {at the top of my list!}

Bosnia: Ćevapi

Brazilian Candy

A very cute little boy with a very cute little dragon

German Brat + Kraut

Greek Melamakorona & Baklava

Indian Chicken Biryani and…


Pretty Peruvian Dolls

Russian nesting dolls

Jewelry from Senegal

Venezuelan Arepas

Vietnamese Bánh mì…check out my Korean inspired one!

I think I stuffed myself beyond capacity but as there were arts, crafts, demonstrations and performances to keep me busy, I dismissed it as mere finger foods to occupy my belly as my eyes soaked in all the sights.

Sending love from {one very happy bellied} Squishy Monster! ^.^

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30 thoughts on “The International Festival

  • Lester. says:

    Sounds like an interesting fun festival Angie.Great pictures and the food looks delicious!!I could get on my soap box and speak for hours on tv , kids and adults shows these days,lol.Also same in regards to face book. Thanks for sharing this great blog.



  • The Squishy Monster says:

    lol—glad I’m not alone!

  • ฉันจะไปเมืองไทยเกินไป says:

    Thailand looks like it’d be interesting,
    as long as the tigers and elephants don’t eat me…

    I need to find me an international festival and get me some food!

  • hilal achmar says:

    What a wonderful world….. I like your posts…. :)

  • libishski says:

    Oh my, look at all that wonderful food!

  • Choc Chip Uru says:

    I am loving these pics my friend so many different cultures in one

  • Joanne says:

    I definitely purposefully avoid all things trendy…it took me FOREVER to join pinterest and I’ve yet to see a single harry potter movie. But when it comes to food…not the case. this festival sounds like so much fun!

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    I’m glad I am not the only one who shares a disdain for what has become of the entertainment industry. “That was a really thought provoking episode of Jersey Shore”, said no one ever. I’ll never understand how some programs make it to air. And I’ve never been one to keep up with celebrity doings… and I can even toss fashion into that mix. How an industry evolved out of a tools/garments used to protect ourselves from the forces of nature and harsh environments is beyond me. I’ve enough pizzazz to sport a potato sack with style if I had to. ~.^ But that’s enough on that…

    It looks like you had a great time and great fill of foods at the International Festival. We had prior plans the past weekend or the Brute Squad and I would have been roaming around the area. I just love all the foods, arts and crafts that these events bring to the public; this is what entertainment should be. I think the Carolina Renaissance Festival is opening either this week or next. I look forward to letting our eyes gorge themselves on entertainment while we test the limits of our gastronomical satiety.

    Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

    Warmest Regards (on this damp and dreaier morning),

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    dreary even, sometimes my fingers like to think for themselves :p

  • thehautecookie says:

    i def want to go to thailand some day! amazing pics! xO!

  • Cheap Ethnic Eatz (@cethniceatz) says:

    Love these events. I am so into tasting and sharing cultural discoveries. Looks like you had a blast.

  • bakerbynature says:

    Looks like a day full of fun! And I’m dying to go to Thailand, too!

  • Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    You sure had a fun time there!

  • Jenn and Seth says:

    looks like there was so much good food there! sounds so fun!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I think my stomach either hated me or loved me =)

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I did, I did ^.^

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I cannot wait to go! I bet the Pad see ew doesn’t even compare to here!!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Me too, I’m so happy for events like this–places like Toronto and NY celebrate diversity everyday!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I overheard a lady tell another lady “that honey boo boo is so smart she put herself on tv and is making so much money (yes, but at what expense and as if she had a choice)! I’m glad to hear your thoughts are similar in regards to the entertainment industry…they just don’t make ’em like they used to… :(

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    I haven’t either though, it does look like something I may enjoy.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Meeee too =D

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It was definitely a slice of Saturday Heaven ^.^

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    It sure revived my hope in the World…it was amazing to see such an eclectic, diverse group all in one setting….warmed my heart, it did! =D

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    Did you hear about the hog that ate its farmer? *shudder*

  • Paul Anthony Prince says:

    The only time you’d hear the words Honey boo boo come out of my mouth is if I was doing an impersonation of Yogi Bear…. “You get the honey boo-boo, I’ll get the pic-a-nic bass-kets!!” ~.^ Really though, what is the point of having 300+ channels when there is nothing of quality on. I’d rather pick up a book and let it whisk my away while enjoying some tunes.

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    That sounds about right…it scares me that the libraries keep disappearing…and what will we do without big bird if he leaves Sesame St? :(

  • Tandy says:

    Looks like a great event :) hope you had a great weekend!

  • The Squishy Monster says:

    You too, Tandy =)

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  • pillowthought says:

    that last plate looked amazing!! :)

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