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International Street Fair

September 9, 2011

Diversity is not about how we differ.
Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.Ola Joseph

Three words to describe the fair: sausages, fried dough, and lots of beer.

For 39 years every Labor Day Weekend, the streets of downtown Orange transforms into the international street fair filled with a variety of food and live music.  Each street represents countries worldwide and a majority of the countries present were from Europe, but countries from Africa and South America were missing.  The local businesses were welcoming and the neighborhoods near the festival had a positive attitude towards people parking near their houses.  They took advantage of the opportunity to sell lemonade, drinks, and spaces in their parking in their lot.  One church gave away free cold bottled water which balanced out the 90 degree weather.

Varieties of sausages were available to buy: American hotdogs, Irish bangers, German bratwurst, Italian sausage and meatball, spicy Swiss sausages and more.  Another commonality between these many countries are their fried dough:  funnel cakes, Loukoumades, churros, etc….  And then there was beer.  I did not have any, but there were so many choices of beer for about $5/cup and had booths in every corner and street. I enjoyed the free event comparing the similarities with food, and tasting the variety of cultures in one city.  It felt like I was hopping from one country to the next.

Mexico and America

Italy, Australia, Japan

 Irish Bangers

 spicy Swiss sausage


England, Denmark, Polynesia


live music and beer

some crowded areas, but enough open space

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