N.C. Festivals Showcase International Entertainment, Food
Take a tour across six continents without leaving North Carolina. Three international festivals take place this month in Wendell, Clayton and Raleigh, each showcasing food, culture, music and other entertainment from dozens of nations.
The International Food and Music Festival in Wendell is Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., with more than a dozen authentic cuisine booths, music and games, as well as a silent auction to benefit a local food pantry. Food prices vary by booth. The event takes place at J. Ashley Wall Towne Square at Cypress and Third streets. To learn more, call 919-365-7114 or visit www.thefoodfestival.com.
Gyros from Greece, chicken tikka masala from India, ravioli from Italy and shepherd's pie from Ireland are just some of the treats you can taste at the International Food Festival Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., in Clayton at St. Ann Catholic Church, 4057 U.S. 70 Business West. Traditional food from more than 16 countries will be represented and prepared by the church's parishioners. Celtic and reggae bands, a Filipino dance troupe and other participants provide festival entertainment along with international games for kids. Six food tickets cost $3; admission and parking are free. Visit www.internationalfoodfestival.net for details.
More than 50 international groups demonstrate their cuisine, music, dancing, crafts and traditions at the 26th International Festival of Raleigh at the Raleigh Convention Center Sept. 30-Oct. 2. The three-day festival features sidewalk cafes, ethnic dances, cooking and craft demonstrations, cultural exhibits, world bazaars and live music.
In Sophia's Corner, children can get their faces painted or enjoy storytelling, games, crafts and mask parades as well as participate in percussion circles and an instrument zoo hosted by North Carolina Symphony. Kids also can play a passport scavenger hunt and search for clues in the festival's cultural exhibits.
Festival hours are 4:30-10 p.m. Sept. 30; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 1; and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 2. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for ages 7-12 and free to kids 6 and younger. The Raleigh Convention Center is at 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Visit www.internationalfestival.org for details.