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We Are The World

09/02/2011 04:25PM ● Published by Anonymous

The 33rd Annual International Folk Festival Celebrates Fayetteville’s Global Ties

DIVERSITY IS NOT A WORD people usually think of being associated with mid-sized southern cities. You don’t expect to walk down the streets of a typical town in the south and find perfectly made Colombian arepas, Korean bibimbap, Ukranian borscht, Italian antipasto, Hungarian rigo jansci and Native American Sioux fried bread, much less to see someone wearing traditional Ghanian kente cloth or a Japanese kimono.

But Fayetteville isn’t like most midsized cities, and that’s something never more apparent than during the city’s annual three-day International Folk Festival. Due in large part to our area’s military installations, people from nearly every country on the planet have chosen to call Fayetteville home — and once a year they graciously share the traditions and tastes of their homelands with the rest of us. Sponsored by The Arts Council for 33 years, the Festival brings together Fayetteville residents who hail from all over the world and allows them to show off the best of their homelands to a huge and appreciative audience. It’s been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Festival for three years in a row and many residents wouldn’t dream of missing it. From the dozens of food vendors, selling everything from kebabs to cannelloni, to crafts vendors offering handmade items with global roots and traditions, to the Parade of Nations that showcases music, native dress and dance customs from around the world, it’s a three day celebration of our region’s diverse citizenry. This year, for the first time, the hugely popular Parade of Nations will be held on Hay Street on Friday night, to coincide with the Fourth Friday events already taking place downtown. Event organizers hope that holding the parade in the evening will help spectators and participants avoid the heat that often plagues the event. “The Parade is my favorite part of the weekend,” Trinidad and Tobago native David Wattley told CityView. “I like to see the other country’s cultures and costumes.”

People from nearly every country on the planet have chosen to call Fayetteville home — and once a year they graciously share the traditions and tastes of their homelands with the rest of us. From the dozens of food vendors, selling everything from kebabs to cannelloni, to crafts vendors offering handmade items with global roots and traditions, to the Parade of Nations that showcases music, native dress and dance customs from around the world, it’s a three day celebration of our region’s diverse citizenry.

Join the festivities September 23-25, 2011, Downtown Fayetteville!

Global Groceries

Even when the International Folk Festival is over you can still find flavors and items from around the world in the many ethnic markets around town. People move to Fayetteville from all over the planet and travel everywhere imaginable, so it makes sense that their food choices run the gamut. Here are some of the stores in town specializing in items from other countries.
 

AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN

Eki African Caribbean Market 1705 Ramsey St., Fayetteville 910.484.4278

African American West Indian 672 S Reilly Road, Fayetteville 910.864.1596

M & M Caribbean Market 2916 Ramsey Street # 105 Fayetteville – 910.323.3553

ASIAN

Ponderosa Oriental Grocery 515 Bonanza Drive Fayetteville – 910.864.7784

Youn Oriental Food Store 205 Hope Mills Road Fayetteville - 910.424.4377

Aunt’s Oriental Grocery 5352 Yadkin Rd # 102 Fayetteville - 910.867.5290

Pinoy Asian Groceries 8122B Cliffdale Road Fayetteville - 910.867.8971

Seoul Oriental Food Store 326 North Reilly Road Fayetteville - 910.868.6664

Kim Chi Chib Asian Market 194 Starpoint Drive Fayetteville - 910.867.0825

 

GERMAN

Boone Trail Thrift Mart 3737 Boone Trail Fayetteville 910.425.3121

Max & Moritz Bakery & Restaurant 5945 Cliffdale Rd # 1104, Fayetteville 910.826.8400

Taste of Europe (German Bakery) 6829 Fillyaw Rd # 108, Fayetteville 910.867.8600

INDIAN

Indian Food & Spices 2417 Hope Mills Rd., Ste 104 Fayetteville – 901.271.2946

LATIN

Tienda LA Morelense 2956 Owen Drive, Fayetteville 910.484.8093

Compare Foods (traditional grocery with large number of latin items) 155 Bonanza Drive, Fayetteville 910.826.9820

El Bordega Food Mart 505 Hillsboro Street, Fayetteville 910.484.6500

 

MEDITERRANEAN/MIDDLE EASTERN

5 Stars American Food and Middle Eastern Foods 2425 Hope Mills Road, Fayetteville 910.424.9810

Mediterranean Mart 5924 Cliffdale Rd. Suite 104 Fayetteville – 910.864.1646

Sinbad Mediterranean Restaurant and Market 500 North Reilly Rd, Ste 120 Fayetteville, NC- 910.703.8747 www.sinbadnc.com

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