I grew up in Columbus, Indiana, a small, but progressive Midwestern town with a strong dose of progressive thinking and human diversity. So it is only appropriate for me to blog about the Ethnic Expo, an event you don’t want to miss. As a child and a teen, it was something we all we all looked forward to each year. Every fall the streets are crowded, delicious aromas fill the air and happy chatter fills the walkways.
The festival was founded in1984 as a way to feature the city’s diverse ethnic population and to celebrate the richness of the different customs and traditions of many countries. The festival started out with 5,000 attendees and now attracts as many as 35,000 to 40,000 people.The festival lasts for two days and features authentic ethnic food booths, cultural exhibits, live performances of international music and dancing, a market of authentic ethnic items, a parade, entertainment for children, arts and crafts, and fireworks. The event is FREE. The Ethnic Expo will take place this Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8.
If variety is the spice of life, then this surely is exhibit number one – and there is plenty of spice from Thai spring rolls to Tandoori chicken, to cold American beer. At this year’s expo the following countries will be represented: USA, Colombia, Trinidad/Tobago, Philipines, Taiwan, India, China, Germany, Mexico, Vietnam, Italy, French Canada, East Indies, Poland, Switzerland, Greece, Vietnam Saigon, Austria, Korea, India, Japan, Pakistan, China, Latin America, African American, and Bavaria. Trust me, you do not want to miss out on experiencing this cultural event; and your happily satisfied stomach will thank me.