ADDISON (CBSDFW.COM) – Do you want to travel around the world? How about doing it in less than a day? An event happening this weekend in Addison promises just that. Worldfest 2012 celebrates the diverse cultural communities that make up North Texas, by bringing them all together in one place.

Addison hopes to bring families from all backgrounds together. “We want everyone to experience the cultures that make North Texas a vibrant place to live and work,” said town spokeswoman Barbara Kovacevich.

For many people, the event is like traveling to another land, without ever actually leaving North Texas. Festival attendees can sample foods from all around the world, learn the steps of a traditional dance, and shop for unique gifts in an international marketplace.

“I have some jewelry that is imported, which I imported from South Asia,” said Shazia Ahmed with Creative Beads. She produces handmade, one of a kind jewelry that reflects her Pakistani heritage. Her creations — and many others — will be fore sale at Worldfest.

“We are very traditional people,” said Luigi Mungioli with The Italian Club in Addison. The music, dancing, and especially the food of Italy will most certainly be on display, reflecting the rich culture of the European nation. “It’s very important that we don’t forget those things.”

“It’s a lot of fun to walk through the event and see the many different cultures experiencing each other’s cultures,” said Kovacevich.

The event is expected to draw about 25,000 people. Click here for more information about the event.

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