Lowell Folk Pageant to Return This Month, Celebrating The A lot of Tastes of Regional Cuisines

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Recognized for its eclectic blend of tunes, meals, and art, the 35th Anniversary of the Lowell Folk Festival will return in person July 29-31. With a musical lineup of acts from around the environment, the festival will at the time again renew its wealthy history in showcasing the a lot of preferences of Lowell’s assorted communities. This year’s competition will characteristic 18 food stuff stands operated by community non-profit neighborhood teams, every offering a diverse traditional cuisine that showcases their heritage. The Foodways attribute of the 2022 festival will present Consolation Foods: How Our Society Comforts US, two times of cooking demonstrations and conversations.

“While we are a festival celebrating folks traditions from all-around the world, men and women occur not just for the amazing music but for the food stuff and crafts we present. Our ethnic foods sellers and Foodways programming are genuinely common and sets this pageant aside from other individuals,” mentioned Kevin Dwyer, Government Director of the Lowell Folks Competition.

“Each of our foodstuff sellers sells a various conventional style of cuisine and they every increase money for distinct nonprofit companies from nearby communities” continued Dwyer. ” A good deal of these nonprofit companies have been concerned in the festival given that the quite starting, and the festival is the biggest fundraising event of the year for several of them. So not only is the foods delicious, but the funds also go proper again into supporting our neighborhood.”

The Lowell Folks Festival has usually experienced a deep relationship to the ethnic communities living in the location. The tempting aromas of Portuguese, Brazilian, Greek, Polish, Asian, Latin, Burmese and so numerous other foodstuff will waft by the festival as non-income organizations including the Lowell Polish Cultural Committee, the Armenian Aid Culture, Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Lowell, Iskwelahang Pilipino and much more put together food items for the huge crowds. The proceeds gain tasks and programs in and all around Lowell.

Foods booths will be set up near 3 of the festival’s four stages. Boarding House Park Phase will function Greek, Filipino, Hispanic, Jamaican/Indian, Center Japanese and Laotian food booths. Dance Pavilion (on Arcand Generate) will attribute Southeast Asian, Mixed African, Liberian, Brazilian, Burmese and Cameroonian foods booths. Market St Stage will element Armenian, Inexperienced, Polish, Jamaican/Indian, Laotian, Hispanic food stuff booths.

Foodways cooking demonstrations will showcase Comfort Food stuff: How Our Tradition Comforts Us Saturday and Sunday at Lucy Larcom Park Folklife Spot from noon to 5P.

Curated by folklorist Millie Rahn, Foodways will characteristic moderated conversations and shows with house cooks showing comfort foodstuff from their cultures. From wonderful ethnic dishes like Polish pierogi, Greek potato fries, Lithuanian veggie/hen stew, and Vietnamese spring rolls and sticky rice, attendees will not only understand the recipes and tips on preparation but will hear the stories that make these comfort meals so special.

2022 Consolation Foods: How Our Society Comforts Us Demonstrations
Saturday & Sunday, Midday-5pm, Lucy Larcom Park
Curated & moderated by folklorist, Millie Rahn

Midday: Dottie Naruszewicz Flanagan-Polish pierogi

1pm: Eleni Zhodi-Greek patates tiganites

2pm: Irena Malasauskas-Lithuanian veggie & hen stew

3pm: Timothea Pham & Hanh Duong -Vietnamese spring rolls (Sat.) & sticky rice (Sunlight.)

4pm: Dave Golber, sharpening knives & other equipment

Renowned performers from all around the globe that will grace 4 stages throughout downtown Lowell together with: Cherish the Ladies (Irish), Los Pleneros de la 21 (Bomba and Plena), Dale Ann Bradley (Bluegrass), Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy (Blues), Nava Persian Trio (Persian Santour), The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble (Argentine Tango), Carolyn Martin Swing Band (Western Swing), Balla Kouyaté & Famoro Dioubaté (Balafon Masters), Christine Tassan et les Imposteures (Jazz Manouche and Swing), Don Bryant (Memphis Soul), Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Force (Polka), Panfilo’s Güera (Tejano Conjunto Fiddle), Tremé Brass Band (New Orleans Brass Band), and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole (Creole Tunes).

The Lowell Folks Festival is generated by the Lowell Competition Foundation, the Town of Lowell, Lowell Countrywide Historical Park, the Nationwide Council for the Standard Arts, the Increased Lowell Chamber of Commerce, and the Better Merrimack Valley Conference and People Bureau.

More facts about the competition, including added artists and schedules, can be observed at LowellFolkFestival.org or on Lowell Folks Fb Web site.

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