The cultural melting pot that is America will be celebrated at the L.A. County Fair as Festival Plaza hosts a different ethnic party each weekend.
Try a tamale or an English ale, Irish stew or Chinese noodles. Listen to a German oom pa pa band or revel in the pageantry of ballet folklorico. It’s all here during the Fair’s multi-cultural festivals.
Opening weekend, Sept. 9 – 11, AsiaFest will kick off with acrobats and magicians. In addition, Asian cooking demonstrations will be held in The Village on Broadway.
Fiesta Patrias will be held Sept. 17 and 18, just in time to celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Mariachi music and ballet folklorico dancers will delight as guests indulge in sumptuous and spicy Mexican cuisine. Also taking place Sept. 16 – 18 is Celebrate Tamales Fiesta. The Tamale Fiesta is a fun, enlightening, educational and tasty sensation held right outside of The Vineyard Marketplace. There will be cooking classes, corn masa demonstrations, music and a variety of tamales to savor.
The European influence takes over on Sept. 24 and 25 as EuroFest is celebrated. French and Italian cooking demonstrations will be held, as well as entertainment by Irish and Russian dancers. The streets will be alive with the Fair’s Bella Strada Italian Street Painting Festival. Dating back to the 16th century, street painting has been a tradition in Italy when artists known as Madonnari would transform village squares into spectacular temporary galleries. Today the tradition will live on at the Fair where modern Madonnari will turn the asphalt into a canvas of color with spectacular reproductions as well as fantastic original designs. Kids will get a chance to try their hand with a special street painting area near America’s Kids in Fairplex 7A.
The last weekend of the Fair, Oct. 1 and 2, will host Fiesta Puerto Rico. Music and entertainment will abound, and guests can get some pointers on how to make the favorite dishes of Puerto Rico.
Indulge in the diverse sites, sounds and smells of the L.A. County Fair. For more information, visit the Web site at www.lacountyfair.com or call (909) 623-3111. The Fair runs Sept. 9 – Oct. 2, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Live thoroughbred horse racing returns Sept. 9 – 26, closed on Tuesdays only. rc=ht