Festival of Nations 2013 Highlights
Festival of Nations,
St. Louis’ favorite and best attended annual multicultural
celebration, will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and
25, 2013 in Tower Grove Park on the City’s Southside, where
Rico spent much of his youth.
This year Festival of Nations has new music, dance, food,
and crafts to add to last year’s roster. Kreative Pandemonium,
the brainchild of Weedie Braimah and Andrea Peoples, focuses on
preserving traditional West African culture of the African
Diasporas as they relate to the slave cultures.
The Enterprise Main Stage will include some crowd
pleasers including Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
(MFDC). As Chicago's oldest Mexican dance institution, MFDC has
received countless recognition and awards. The troupe has
performed for three presidents and represented Mexico in the
1994 USA World Cup opening ceremony. Additionally, they have
appeared in numerous national television performances, most
recently at the 2009 Latin Grammy Awards. The MFDC is presented
with support from the National Endowment of the Arts.
The monks from Drepung Gomang Monastery located in
Southern India will also be on-hand, showcasing Tibetan culture
through their snow lion dance, monastic chanting and sand art
In all, 40 ethnic food booths will delight the palates of the
expected crowd of 140,000+. Dishes ranging from the Vietnamese
Spring Roll to Japanese Yakisoba to Bulgarian Butternut
Squash Strudel will be featured.
This year, visitors can recreate the festival in their home
through the Festival of Nations Cookbook. This book is a
collection of one recipe from every food vendor. The cookbook
consists of many detailed recipes for making cultural treats
such as the Afghan Eggplant Boorani and the Filipino