The annual Living Traditions Festival is a three day orgy of great music, crafts, performances and more. But the main attraction for me is the wide expanse of world cuisine. This year's Living Traditions food market is made up of 20 different nonprofit groups offering a diverse, multicultural array of ethnic foods from around the world.
For the volunteer cooks, family and community members who prepare and sell the food, the food market provides an opportunity to gather and share their most delectable food traditions with festival attendees.
Culinary temptations range the gamut from Indian tacos, Filipino adobo and Laotian satay to Salvadoran pupusas, Tibetan momos, Sudanese chicken sheia, Bosnian cevapcici and Basque churros.
Food booth hours are Friday, 5-10 pm; Saturday, noon-10 pm; Sunday, noon-7 pm.
The food market lineup for the 2011 Living Traditions Festival is as follows:
Thai: Thai Buddhist Temple
American Indian: Indian Walk-in Center
Filipino: Philippine American Association of Utah
Greek: Dionysius Dancers
Laotian: Wat Lao
Salvadoran: Fraternidad Salvadorena
Tibetan: Utah Tibetan Association
Pakistani: Pakistani American Association
Tahitian: Island Traditions of Polynesia
Sudanese: Dinka Community of Salt Lake
Italian: Italian American Civic League
Basque: Basque Club of Utah
Chinese: Chinese Performing Arts
Lebanese: Salt Lake Lebanese Community/St. Jude's Maronite Catholic Church
Swiss: Swiss Chorus Edelweiss
Bosnian: American Bosnia-Herzegovinian Association
Tongan: Tongan Singers of Utah
Vietnamese: Vietnamese Volunteer Youth Association
Mexican: Centro Civico Mexicano
Hawaiian: Hui O Hawaii O Utah
The 2011 Living Traditions Festival takes place this weekend, May 20-22, at the Salt Lake City & County Building