Along with music from around the world, the festival will feature moderate cooking demonstrations as well as traditional food stalls from July 29-31 in downtown Lowell.
The upcoming Lowell Folk Festival, like all previous iterations of the North Shore mega music event, will feature great artists. For starters, this year’s lineup includes Memphis soul singer Don Bryant, palafon masters Bala Koyati and Vamoru Diopati, New Orleans’ Tremé Brass Band, and Creole artists Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, among many others.
But what some people may not realize about this popular festival is that it eats to match the abundance of beats. As organizers noted this week, “With a musical selection of acts from around the world, the festival will once again renew its rich history of showcasing the many tastes of Lowell’s diverse communities.” Notably, “this year’s festival will feature 18 ethnic food booths run by local non-profit community groups, each serving a different traditional cuisine showcasing their heritage.”
Specifically, it will introduce the “Foodways Feature for Festival 2022” Comfort foods: How our culture comforts us. Two days of cooking demonstrations and discussions.
“As we celebrate folk traditions from around the world, people come not just for the great music but for the food and crafts we offer,” said Kevin Dwyer, Festival Executive Director. “Ethnic food vendors and Foodways programs are very popular and set this festival apart.”
Dwyer added, “Each of our food vendors sells a different traditional type of cuisine and each raises money for different non-profit organizations from the local communities. … A lot of these non-profits have been involved in the festival from the beginning, and the festival is the largest fundraising event in the world. The year is for many of them. So not only is the food delicious, the money goes back to supporting our community.”
More information from their media statement below: