Tens of thousands of people are expected to pack the historic East Village this weekend for the World Food and Music Festival. This is the ninth year for the event that gives you a taste of the world right here at home. And, it isn’t just about the cuisine this year.
Suman Hoque is whipping up a global treat. He says, “I’m going to make some small flan, which is in South America, they use it like a sweet dessert.”
But, he’s making it savory and with local flavor. He says the “Onion is from Grade A Farm in Johnston, fava bean is from Nevada. The goat cheese is from Reichert’s Dairy in Knoxville. The butter is from Cloverleaf Farm.”
The Executive Chef from Bangladesh gets 95 percent of his ingredients from Iowa. His farm to table restaurant is located in the East Village. This weekend, the neighborhood will serve up dishes from around the globe.
Amy Baker with the World Food and Music Festival says, “We have food from all over the world everything from an American Cheeseburger to a Salvadorian papusa. We have Equadorian, Ethiopian.”
Crews also set up a stage because this year they festival isn’t just about the food. Baker says, “We’ve also added a lot more music and entertainment to our lineup. We also have a new cultural discovery pavilion, so people come out and learn about the different cultures that are represented here at the festival.”
The festival will bring 75,000 people to the East Village to try the food and check out new businesses, like Hoque’s year old restaurant HoQ. He says, “I think this is going to bring a lot of people into the East Village from small towns in Iowa.”
The World Food and Music Festival is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is free to attend. It costs $1 for a taste of food and $5 for a plate. There are 40 vendors.