Culture, Cuisine, and International Community at WorldFest 2011

Louisville Kentucky WorldFest 2011 Culture food dance music DowntownOur region is home to diverse cultures. You can hear as many as 90 different languages spoken by our people. You can dance to music from Russia or Mexico, sing along with the folk melodies of India and Vietnam. On any given night at dinner tables around the 26 county, bi-state region, you’re likely to find food from China, Germany, Thailand, Jamaica, or Ethiopia, just to name a few.

WorldFest 2011 is the place to see some this global influence on display.

Held each year on Labor Day weekend, WorldFest is the region’s premier international festival. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors to downtown Louisville and the Belvedere. It is the largest gathering of local ethnic restaurants, vendors and exhibitors at any one event in Indiana or Kentucky.

September 2-4, on the Belvedere Downtown Louisville

WorldFest features performances by local and international music groups and shopping for authentic, hand-made crafts and products from various ethnic traditions. And of course, there’s the food! Bring your appetite and prepare to sample the unique tastes that can only be found at WorldFest!

On Saturday, the second day of the festival, you’ll be moved by the Parade of Cultures. Residents from all around our region will be in their native dress representing almost every culture in the world. And then, hundreds of people will take their U.S. oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony.

It’s a great regional event and it is just one more window into the diverse, unique, and amazing place we call home!

If you want to find out more about WorldFest or to see a schedule of all the events going on during the weekend, visit their website. This video by LouisvilleMetro TV gives a glimpse of last year’s WorldFest.