Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts

World of Flavor at the 2010 Lowell Folk Festival.

Lowell, MA – The 24th Lowell Folk Festival brings Foodways demonstrations and ethnic food sales as distinctive offerings at three performance stage areas and the Folk Craft and Foodways area along Lucy Larcom Park.

This year “Foodways” looks at how beans are prepared in several cultures. Often called the “poor man’s meat,” beans are rich in protein and have long been the traditional Saturday night supper in New England. Native Americans introduced slowly cooked beans to early settlers, and like many foodways, recipes were adopted and transformed by immigrants who added their own traditions and ingredients. Folklorists Millie Rahn and Dr. Maggie Holtzberg have connected with five cultural representatives, who will share their insights with the audience. Festival visitors are invited to sit down and watch how this simple legume can take on such different flavors. Ask questions. And be sure to sample the beans made by our various cooks.

To discover the story behind one of the presenters and their recipes, visit http://blog.massfolkarts.org/blog/index.php/2010/06/the-king-and-prince-of-beans/.

On Saturday and Sunday during the Festival, the following foodways demonstrations will be taking place:

12:00            Faith Izevbijie, Nigerian beans
1:00            Guida Ponte, Portuguese beans
2:00            Sellou Diaite, Senegalese bean fritters
3:00             Jeanette Rodriquez-Cumpiano, Puerto Rican beans
4:00             Kurt Levasseur, Franco-American beans

The eighteen ethnic food sellers’ at the Festival are located at Boarding House Park Stage, JFK Plaza, and the Dutton Street Dance Pavilion. Each booth offers the diverse flavors of Lowell area not-for-profit groups, who plow the income back into their cultural organizations’ missions. Sample from the following array of cuisines: Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, Armenian, Jamaican, Pilipino, Greek, Soul Food, Latino, Portuguese, and Polish.  Booths at Dutton and Boarding House Stages are open during all three days of the Festival. Those at JFK Plaza are open during the daytime on Saturday and Sunday.  For more details about the menus, please visit http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/food.html.

The Lowell Folk Festival brings three days of folk, food, and fun to downtown Lowell, Massachusetts July 23-25. Visit www.lowellfolkfestival.org for more information about this year’s whole festival or call 978-970-5200.