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Texas Folklife Festival Dishes Up Some Global Favorites To Hungry Crowds

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A campfire cooker checks on a Dutch Oven cobbler.

A campfire cooker checks on a Dutch Oven cobbler.

What happened? The Texas Folklife Festival opened Friday evening and the temperatures were not too hot, thanks to an afternoon shower that cooled things off a bit. That’s a bit of a change for those of us who know how the thermometer regularly tops 100 during the three-day event.

A Sacred Heart worker prepares a raspa with homemade fruit syrup.

A Sacred Heart worker prepares a raspa with homemade fruit syrup.

What hasn’t changed is that the event is still packed with plenty of treats from around the world, from cultures that have made their mark on Texas through the years. From Vietnam, there were egg rolls filled with the goodness of bacon and cabbage. The Poles offers pierogi, potato-filled dumplings with a bacon sauce. The Germans had sausage on a bun, and the Wendish Society offered noodles.

A strawberry and chamoy raspa.

A strawberry and chamoy raspa.

All around the grounds were plenty of events for families to enjoy. Western shootouts, karate demonstrations and corn husk doll making joined with pony rides, dance demonstrations and re-enactments of historic customs, from cooking to fabric weaving. And there was plenty of music on stages across the campus of the Institute of Texan Cultures.

And it was fun to watch the belly dancers-in-training in front of the Turkish booth while enjoying a meaty doner kebab stuffed in a pita with a side of dolmas, or stuffed grape leaves.

A Turkish doner kebab and dolmas.

A Turkish doner kebab and dolmas.

Lines were long in front of the crepe booth, where you could get savory crepes as well as a dessert version filled with Nutella, banana and strawberries. The group from Sacred Heart Church also offered a unique touch: raspas flavored with syrups that they had made from the likes of mango, strawberry, guavva and pineapple; if you’ve never tasted the real deal on a raspa before, don’t miss this chance.

The Texas Folklife Festival continues through Sunday.

Hours are Saturday, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon – 7 p.m.

Prices: Adult (13+), $12 at the gate; Child (6-12), $5 at the gate; and children 5 and under are free. Click here for more information.

A young karate student prepares to kick a board in two.

A young karate student prepares to kick a board in two.

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