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Aldersgate Hosts Third Annual International Sandwich Festival

April 15, 2018 - In News; Outreach
International Sandwich Festival 2018

Aldersgate Brings the Best Bites and Bands of East Charlotte Together for a Full Day of International Flavor!

East Charlotte is one of the most culturally diverse sectors of the Queen City, peppered with an authentic mix of family-run restaurants that range from Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern – just to name a few.

Organically growing in popularity, the festival will be bigger and more diverse than ever. Come enjoy international food and festivities emceed by the always-entertaining Hardin Minor. This year will include more events for children with a tent for "creative" sandwich-making. And, from noon until 2 p.m., there is free face painting, balloon artistry and henna tattoos. It's a diverse, intergenerational celebration you don't want to miss. Parking, admission and children's events are free. The festival will host food venues, including: A Piece of Havana (Cuban), Arepadas (Venezuela), Chaupaati (Indian), Hiya Food Truck (Korean), Yummy Bahn Mi (Vietnamese) and Caribbean Piraguas Shaved Ice. Non-Alcoholic Beverages and beer are available. 

A full day of live entertainment will take stage from 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Come experience the color and music from around the world including the soulful sounds of the JazzArts Youth Ensemble III. Next on stage, Dances from the Philippines, Rumbao Latin Dance (performance & instruction), Orquesta Mayor, Voices of Eden Mass Choir, Flavors of India Dance, Reinaldo Brahn Brazilian Rhythm, Ballet Folklorico of Julio Ruiz, UNC Charlotte "Drums of the World" and our amazing headliner – the fabulous Persona Bell R&B Band. Back by popular demand!

“Our wooded campus is 231 acres,” said Erin Barbee, Aldersgate’s director of mission advancement and chair of this year’s festival. “But you may have passed us hundreds of times without knowing we’re tucked back here. We love inviting people of all ages to see what a gorgeous property we have. It’s an honor to host everyone – and especially our eastside neighbors. We want Aldersgate to be a cultural resource for the entire community.”

Aldersgate Has an Appetite to Enrich Our Greater Community.

Aldersgate is an active, Life Plan Community with programming that promotes wellness. We are a nonprofit with a mission greater than our 231-acre wooded campus. Aldersgate is acting to build diverse, caring communities where everyone has a voice and value. The east side is its home with rich culture, wonderful neighbors, and cuisine steeped in heritage and tradition.