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Ethnic Food Festivals in New England

Ethnic Food Festivals in New England
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Visit these ethnic food festivals in New England this summer. Call ahead or check Web sites for the latest information on schedules and possible admission fees.

June 24-28
27th Annual La Kermesse Franco-Americaine

St. Louis Field, jct. West & Prospect Sts.
Biddeford, ME
207-282-2894, 207-468-3921
www.lakermessefestival.com

The largest Franco-American festival in New England highlights food (don’t miss those meat pies), music, and writings. Check out the La Kermesse Idol Contest.

June 26-28
24th Annual Green Mountain Chew Chew Food & Music Fest

Waterfront Park, jct. College & Lake Sts.
Burlington, VT
802-864-6674
www.greenmountainchewchew.com

Nestled next to Lake Champlain, with a railroad theme, this fest will host Vietnamese, Chinese, Pakistani, Afghani, Mexican, and Middle Eastern food vendors, among others.

July 5
34th Annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival

India Point Park, India St.
Providence, RI
401-617-9833
www.ricapeverdeanheritage.com
Longest-running Cape Verdean fest in the country, with traditional foods; a “culture tent” with arts, crafts, and memorabilia; plus plenty of music and dance.

July 30-August 2
95th Annual Feast of the Blessed Sacrament


Madeira Field, off Belleville Ave.
New Bedford, MA
508-992-6911
www.portuguesefeast.com

At the largest Portuguese and Madeiran festival in New England, sponsored by Club Madeirense S.S. Sacramento, you can sip Madeira, barbecue your own sirloin kebabs (carne de espeto), and chow down on dozens of Portuguese specialties.

August 1
4th Annual Taste of the Caribbean & Jerk Festival

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
300 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT
860-306-1693
www.cayasco.org/taste
In one of the country’s largest West Indian communities, join in the domino competition; get your groove on to the sound of steel drums; gnaw on that jerk chicken; and wash it all down with ginger beer, at this annual festival sponsored by the Caribbean American Young Adult Social and Civic Organization.

August 15
11th Annual Southeast Asian Water Festival

Esplanade & Sampas Pavilion
Lowell Heritage State Park

500 Pawtucket Blvd.
Lowell, MA
978-596-1013, 978-596-1000
www.lowellwaterfestival.org

Local Khmer, Vietnamese, Thai, and Laotian communities present a blessing of the waters. See the floating remembrance candles, watch the dragon boat races, and check out all the nime chow and pad Thai you can eat.

August 29
32nd Annual Heritage Day Festival

Rhode Island State House Lawn
jct. Gaspee & Francis Sts.
Providence, RI
401-222-4133
www.preservation.ri.gov/heritage/events.php

Music, dance, crafts, and food from cultures around the world represent the diversity of Rhode Island’s citizens: African American, Bolivian, Cape Verdean, German, Guatemalan, Indian, Irish, Korean, Laotian, Panamanian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican.

September 5-7
6th Annual Oktoberfest

Inn at Danbury & Alphorn Bistro
67 Route 104
Danbury, NH
866-326-2879, 603-768-3318
www.innatdanbury.com/oktoberfest

Plenty of lederhosen and accordions, along with wheat beer, wurst, and a potato-pancake eating contest.

Please Note: This article was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.

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One Response to Ethnic Food Festivals in New England

  1. bob mccarthy April 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    July 24 – 26th at the Lowell (MA) Folk Festival chow down on Polish, Asian, Jamaican, Portuguese, Thai, Laotian, Greek, Armenian, Soul, Filipino, Latino, and Middle Eastern food in addition to enjoying non stop ethnic music at 6 venues and art/crafts. (Free admission.) http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/

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