Experience the Around the World Cultural Festival at Oronoco Bay Park on August 27

Peruvian dancers in white dresses perform the traditional ‘la marinera’ dance during a festival in Italy. (Photo: iStock.com/ermess)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Have you ever wished you could travel the world, but didn’t have the money or the time? There is an easier way and you don’t even have to buy a plane ticket. The Around the World Cultural Festival is coming to Oronoco Bay Park on Saturday, August 27.

“This year, we are taking our guests on a day trip around the world right to their backyard and showcasing the cuisine, culture and traditions of over forty (40) countries participating in the event,” reads -on in a press release. “With only one (1) ethnic food vendor per country, customers will have the opportunity to explore more than eighty (80) traditional food products from fourteen (14) countries, enjoy folk dances and performances from seventeen (17) countries.”

Free entry ; however, there is a cost for food and drink. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Attendees can sample cuisine from various countries such as Ecuador, Greece, Indonesia, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Mexico, and Peru.

For entertainment, enjoy traditional dances from Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan and Peru.

According to its organizers, the goal of the festival “is to create a cultural and educational experience unparalleled in the DMV in which participating exhibitors are encouraged to display the most traditional objects of their country.”

Oronoco Bay Park is located at 100 Madison Street in Old Town Alexandria. For a map and directions, click HERE.

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