SALT LAKE CITY — It’s a great big world out there. Library Square will give you a peek during the Living Traditions Festival, happening this weekend downtown.
The annual event features food, crafts, music and dance from cultures spanning the globe. We’re partial to the food market, which includes more than 20 booths, each dedicated to cuisine from a different country. Here are seven of this year’s booths that made us salivate.
African Creole (Mama Africa Grill): If you’ve never had African Creole cuisine before, then treat yourself. The restaurant, which has its brick-and-mortar location in West Valley City, brings a mouthwatering variety of dishes to the Living Traditions Festival. Items include a goat plate, beignets and a ginger drink.
Bolivian (Bolivia Utah Association): The Bolivian drinks caught our attention: This booth will be serving a roasted peanut drink (chicha de mani), a quinoa and apple drink and a purple corn and pineapple drink (chicha morada).
French (Alliance Francaise SLC and Westminster French Club): Of course French food is making this list. The Alliance Francaise SLC and Westminster French Club will be serving up some French classics, including quiche, crepes and pain au chocolat (a flaky pastry with pieces of dark chocolate).
Hawaiian (Island Traditions): Barbecued pork sliders on Hawaiian sweet bread? Yep. Crab wontons with cream cheese? You bet. Sherbet served in fresh pineapple and topped with pineapple and papaya? Oh yeah.1 comment on this story
Nepalese (Nepalese Association of Utah): If you wrap something in dough, it’s bound to taste at least pretty good. This Nepalese booth will have momos (dumplings) and samosas, as well as mango lassi, curry and masala.
Peruvian (Peruvian Traditions): Consider Peruvian arroz con pollo as a close relative to paella. This booth will have it. They’ll also serve other Peruvian staples, such as aji de gallina — a chicken stew with yellow chili peppers, walnuts and spices — and anticuchos (meat kabobs).
Serbian (Serbian Orthodox Church): Go here for the krofne, an airy donut usually filled with jam/jelly/marmalade or chocolate.