Sixth annual Blaine World Fest coming up Sept. 21

Blaine World Fest is a great opportunity to get a taste and glimpse of different cultural traditions from around the globe.

Twin Cities Nyckellharpalag plays unique instruments during its Blaine World Fest appearance last year. There are nine groups scheduled to perform this year from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.File photo by Bill Jones

Twin Cities Nyckellharpalag plays unique instruments during its Blaine World Fest appearance last year. There are nine groups scheduled to perform this year from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21.File photo by Bill Jones

The sixth annual community festival is Saturday, Sept. 21, 1-5 p.m., at Town Square Park, which is located next to Blaine City Hall at 10801 Town Square Drive.

“It’s an opportunity for people to come out and share in Blaine’s growing cultural and ethnic diversity through a wide variety of food, entertainment and informational booths,” said Nate Monahan, the program supervisor in the Blaine Parks and Recreation Department who coordinates the Blaine World Fest.

General admission is free, but for only $5, guests will be able to sample food from multiple local restaurants including Acapulco, Brick’s American Pub, Dixie Blue Bar-B-Que, Dosa King, Hajime, Mei Wei and Umbria Pizza.

A visual spectacle is seeing the many types of cultural dances being performed. The dance groups this year include Argentine Dance & Tango, CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Fiesta Latina (QC Dance Studio), Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli, traditional Mexica Aztec Dance & Drum Circle, Jawaahir Dance Company, Loveworks and Best Academy Drum and Drill Team, Rene Dance Studio and Titambe West African Dance Ensemble.

In addition to entertainment and food, there will be several informational booths. The vendors include the AFS foreign exchange student program, Chinese Heritage Foundation friends, Phancy Airbrushing & Balloon Art Plus, Anoka County child and teen checkups, Cilongo Foundation, Emma B. Howe Family YMCA Diversity Committee, iAsianlanguage Institute, Hmong Folk Art, Inc. and Guatemalan exhibit by the Guatemalan Society of Minnesota.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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