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Food and culture 101

June 9, 2011

I’ve started this blog to explore the many festivals in California that are dedicated to food and culture.  Eventually, I plan to eat across America’s many festivals.

Across California, you can find communities named after their ethnic cultures:  from Chinatown in San Francisco, to the Danish town in Solvang, to Little Armenia in Los Angeles.  Many of these communities will host festivals sharing their traditional foods, music, dances, costumes, etc.  It’s a great experience for many that may not have the opportunity to go to these countries.  It can bring back memories from a vacation, or whatever the reason may be.  You just know the food will be authentic, or at least very close to it.  Other festivals are dedicated to a specific food ingredient, which are also exciting to attend.  The focus is on the different preparations, whether it be related to everything BBQ, crawfish, or lavender flavored foods. These festivals unite communities by celebrating a time of harvesting, seasons, holidays, and more.  Most food festivals are free or cheap to attend (which I go to more often), others such as the culinary festivals can get pricey.

I enjoy seeing the creative ways the foods are showcased, tasting them, and overall the entire experience.  Almost every weekend, there are festivals that many don’t know about.  I’m here to encourage others of all ages to experience the many festivals across the state.  So grab a fork and let’s eat!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lauren Caperton (Bay Area) permalink
    June 16, 2011 8:15 pm

    Wow Dinah! I had no idea that you had such a passion for food! (lol ya right!). This is definetly a great page that shares the diverse cultures in food that we get to experience as Californians. I personally have been to many of these places you talk about, and they are amazing experiences. I love your website!

    • June 17, 2011 9:37 am

      Thanks Lauren! Yes we can experience everything in this state without having to leave it.

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