“With music from around the world, the festival will feature moderate cooking demonstrations as well as stalls offering traditional dishes July 29-31 in downtown Lowell”
The upcoming Lowell Folk Festival, like all previous iterations of North Shore’s massive music event, will feature some incredible artists. For starters, this year’s lineup includes Memphis soul singer Don Bryant, balafon masters Balla Kouyaté & Famoro Dioubaté, New Orleans’ Tremé Brass Band, and Creole artists Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, among so many others.
But what some people might not realize about this folk festival is that it has food to match its cornucopia of beats. As organizers noted this week, “With a musical lineup of artists from around the world, the festival will once again renew its rich history by showcasing the many tastes of Lowell’s diverse communities.” Notably, “this year’s festival will feature 18 ethnic food stalls operated by local non-profit community groups, each offering different traditional cuisine that showcases their heritage.”
Specifically, their 2022 festival “Foodways” feature will feature Comfort Food: How Our Culture Comforts Us, two days of cooking demonstrations and discussions.
“Although we are a festival celebrating folk traditions from around the world, people don’t just come for the amazing music, but also for the food and crafts that we showcase,” said Kevin Dwyer, the festival’s executive director. “Our ethnic food vendors and Foodways programming are very popular and set this festival apart from others.”
Dwyer added: “Each of our food vendors sells a different type of traditional cuisine and they each fundraise for different local community nonprofits. … Many of these nonprofits have been involved with the festival from the very beginning, and the festival is the biggest fundraising event of the year for many of them. So not only is the food delicious, but the funds also go to support our community. »
More on their press release below: