June 24, 2021

New International Taste Festival Brings Cultures, Music, Flavors of The World to The Fairgrounds

Taste Festival

A brand-new festival promises to fill the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds with the sights, sounds and tastes of the world’s many cultures. The new International Taste Festival, November 12- 14, aims to expose people to some of the best aspects of the many nations of the Earth in an entertaining way.

Event promoter Stephanie Pestillo of SP Consulting said, “The International Taste Festival will bring together many traditions, cultures and regions of the world, all at one location- for all to enjoy! We welcome you to attend this event with family and friends, and have the opportunity to experience: Foods of the Americas, Asian Creations, Pan African Cuisine, Tastes of Europe and Middle Eastern Treats.”

Fair Director Troy Waffner said, “We’re excited to welcome this new festival to our fairgrounds, especially because it showcases the wonderful diversity of our community. It’s also another sign that the fairgrounds is coming back strongly as a destination for top events and as a major contributor to the economy of Central New York.”

Performances scheduled include a Vietnamese dance group, Irish dancers, Middle Eastern performers, Pan-African drumming and a celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights. Vendors will also span the world’s food and beverage choices, offering $2 sample-sized items to allow patrons to sample many unique flavors along with regular-sized offerings.

Admission to the festival is $5 by advance sale, $10 at the door. Children 10 and under are admitted free. Advance sale tickets will be available beginning October 1. Parking is free. Updated information is available on the festival’s Facebook page.

The event also features a Taste Fest 5K/10K Race Saturday, November 13, with start times at 10am (10K) and 10:30am (5K). More information, including race registration, is available here.

The New York State Fairgrounds is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. Find the Great New York State Fair on its website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and enjoy photos from the Fair on Flickr. Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair to statefairideas@agriculture.ny.gov.