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  • Cuisines from Around the World!

    The Folklife Festival will feature a delicious variety of food at its concessions stands as a part of our Colombia, Peace Corps, and Rhythm and Blues programs.

    Colombia: The Nature of Culture

    The Colombia program will offer a flavorful selection of foods at its concession stand, including  chorizo and arepa (sausage and corn bread); pollo sudado (“sweated chicken”); rice, beans, and plantains; beef empanadas; passion fruit juice; and rice pudding.

    Peace Corps: Promoting World Peace and Friendship

    Since its founding fifty years ago, the Peace Corps has served in 139 different countries, including West Africa and Southeast Asia; these two regions will be featured in the Festival’s food concessions.

    Rhythm and Blues: Tell It Like It Is

    Barbecue has a long association with regions of the country known for producing rhythm and blues music. The Festival will feature Southern barbeque: slow-smoked pulled pork, pork spare ribs, smoked chicken wings, coleslaw, and fresh sweet potato chips.


    African American horse cart vendors were once a common sight in cities such as New York and Philadelphia; the distinctive musical calls they use to advertise their wares are now heard in only one city, Baltimore. Three Baltimore Arabbers will be selling fresh fruit during the Festival on the National Mall.

    Van Luong is the festival blogger for the 2011 Folklife Festival. 

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