By Maddie Grussendorf

Traveling the world is on everyone’s bucket list, and this October North Texans can experience what that would be like in one whirlwind weekend. Addison’s WorldFest will be held from October 22-23, noon to 6pm, at Addison Circle Park.

Admission is free and the fest will celebrate all the different cultures that make up the DFW: Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East, and the Americas. During the two-day fest both young and old can enjoy fun activities, experiences, food, drink, and even live music.

Bring the kids to this global extravaganza. They’ll have plenty of fun with the fest’s Children’s Activities and Global Games, which give kids hands-on exploration of different cultures through arts, crafts and games. There will also be two marketplaces to choose from. The International Marketplace will feature booths from each region featuring jewelry, clothing, accessories for your body and your home, and exotic art. The Four Seasons European Market will excite all five of your senses while you explore the authentic flavors of a European village market.

Berlitz Passport to The World is a two-part program. There will be the opportunity to learn new languages in mini-classes from the WorldFest stages or you can dive into a more in-depth class at the Language Garden. Berlitz is providing a passport scavenger hunt opportunity for those who want to learn about different languages and cultures while they make their way through all the different regions. Upon entrance to WorldFest you can pick up a passport booklet and after you’ve navigated your way through all the different regions, and found all the items on the scavenger hunt, you can turn in your completed passport for a prize. There will be International Art Exhibits and for the adults, Mercy Wine Bar will be providing super-premium wines from all over the world that you can enjoy in the Wine Garden.

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The experiences available will land you right in the heart of another culture. Latin American sounds and sights will entice many during the Mariachi Competition. A Moroccan Village allows those who grew up watching Casablanca, or hearing about it from their elders, to experience the setting first hand. The Turkish American Association of Northern Texas introduces Turkfest, and Addison is turned into Australia during the Australian Outback Experience. At Gloria’s Restaurant you’ll experience the best of Spain during the music and movement of The Dallas Flamenco Festival. With WorldFest’s cultural partners, such as The Italian Club of Dallas, The Polish Foundation of Texas, The Indian American Friendship Council others, you’ll be able to indulge in delicacies at different stops throughout the fest. Also, Otaru Restaurant is taking part in a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony.

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Menus from around the world will include food from Greece, Cuba, Bulgaria, the Americas, Thailand, Italy, China, India, Poland, Ethiopia, Turkey, and Latin America.

Five international stages will be set up both Saturday and Sunday allowing guests of WorldFest to dance and experience the music of other cultures.

Addison WorldFest
October 22 – 23, 2011, Noon – 6 pm
Addison Circle Park
4950 Addison Circle Dr.

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