Were you at the International Festival in Raleigh’s new convention center this past weekend?Â Thought so.Â Judging by the size of the crowd, I don’t think anyone in town missed it.Â And it was definitely an event not to be missed!
There were three stages of entertainment, with attentive audiences at each stage.Â Hundreds of appreciative spectators filled the seats at the dance demonstration stage.Â There were booths offering information and booths selling items from countries around the world,Â even henna tattoos and belly dancing lessons!
And the smells!Â The whole place smelled so delicious that it was difficult to decide which country’s menu to order from.Â Fortunately for us, most of the menus at the food stands offered a selection ofÂ inexpensive items, so that we didn’t have to choose after all, but instead enjoyed food from Bagladesh, China, Turkey, and Nepal.Â What a treat to be able to sample authentic foods from so many different countries all in one place!
While I expected to see a diverse group taking part in the International Festival,Â I was amazed by the incredible diversity of the festival-goers.Â Raleigh has truly become a melting pot.
That’s Life in Raleigh.