Lowell Folks Pageant Celebrates The Many Tastes of Nearby Ethnic Cuisines

Known for its eclectic blend of tunes, foodstuff, and artwork, the 35th Anniversary of the Lowell Folks Festival returns in individual July 29-31. With a musical lineup of functions from all-around the planet, the festival will at the time all over again renew its prosperous background in showcasing the lots of tastes of Lowell’s numerous communities. This year’s competition will element 18 ethnic food stands operated by neighborhood non-revenue group teams, each individual featuring a unique standard cuisine that showcases their heritage. The Foodways aspect of the 2022 pageant will existing Comfort Food items: How Our Tradition Comforts US, two days of cooking demonstrations and conversations.

“While we are a festival celebrating folk traditions from all over the world, folks come not just for the incredible music but for the food and crafts we existing.  Our ethnic food stuff vendors and Foodways programming are really well known and sets this competition apart from some others,” claimed Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director of the Lowell People Festival.

“Each of our foods distributors sells a different conventional type of delicacies and they every single raise cash for different nonprofit organizations from local communities” continued Dwyer.  “ A great deal of these nonprofit organizations have been included in the pageant considering that the incredibly beginning, and the pageant is the most significant fundraising function of the yr for lots of of them. So not only is the food mouth watering, but the funds also go right back into supporting our group.“

The Lowell Folks Pageant has normally had a deep connection to the ethnic communities residing in the area. The tempting aromas of Portuguese, Brazilian, Greek, Polish, Asian, Latin, Burmese and so several other foods will waft by means of the festival as non-earnings companies which include the Lowell Polish Cultural Committee, the Armenian Reduction Modern society, Saint George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Lowell, Iskwelahang Pilipino and much more put together meals for the large crowds.  The proceeds benefit projects and plans in and about Lowell.

Food items booths will be established up near 3 of the festival’s 4 levels. Boarding Residence Park Phase will element Greek, Filipino, Hispanic, Jamaican/Indian, Center Eastern and Laotian foods booths.  Dance Pavilion (on Arcand Drive) will element Southeast Asian, Blended African, Liberian, Brazilian, Burmese and Cameroonian foods booths. Industry St Stage will attribute Armenian, Eco-friendly, Polish, Jamaican/Indian, Laotian, Hispanic food items booths.

Foodways cooking demonstrations will showcase Consolation Meals: How Our Culture Comforts Us Saturday and Sunday at Lucy Larcom Park Folklife Spot from midday to 5P.

Curated by folklorist Millie Rahn, Foodways will aspect moderated discussions and shows with house cooks demonstrating ease and comfort meals from their cultures. From good ethnic dishes like Polish pierogi, Greek potato fries, Lithuanian veggie/hen stew, and Vietnamese spring rolls and sticky rice, attendees will not only learn the recipes and recommendations on preparing but will hear the tales that make these comfort food items so unique. 

2022 Convenience Food stuff: How Our Lifestyle Comforts Us Demonstrations

Saturday & Sunday, Noon-5pm, Lucy Larcom Park

Curated & moderated by folklorist, Millie Rahn

Noon: 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 entire world that will grace four stages throughout downtown Lowell  like: Cherish the Women (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 Drive (Polka), Panfilo’s Güera (Tejano Conjunto Fiddle), Tremé Brass Band (New Orleans Brass Band), and Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole (Creole New music).

The Lowell People Festival is made by the Lowell Festival Foundation, the Town of Lowell, Lowell National Historical Park, the National Council for the Common Arts, the Larger Lowell Chamber of Commerce, and the Larger Merrimack Valley Conference and Readers Bureau.

Much more specifics about the competition, including further artists and schedules, can be uncovered at LowellFolkFestival.org or on Lowell Individuals Facebook Website page.