I've noticed this phenomena in Sacramento for years. The "When it rains it pours phenomena." Now I'm a fan of the small church or cultural group (generally church oriented) ethnic food, cultural events. Food, dance, music, crafts, costumes all that stuff. I enjoy it and Sacramento is very diverse culturally. So ok here's whats going on this weekend in good ole Sacramento.
1. Chili cook off in Old Town
2. Chili cook off at the Fire Dept in Wilton. (Small town about 10 miles south of Sactamento.)
3. Rhythm and Ribs at Raley's ball park.
4. Romanian food and cultural festival at Carmichael Park on Fair Oaks Blvd.
5. Eastern European food and cultural festival at 9000 Jackson Highway (Jackson Highway just east of South Watt.)
6. A small greek festival at 9165 Peet's St. near Elk Grove between Hiway 99 and I-5.
7. A small Japanese food fest at 6361 25th. St.
Jeez, anything else on one weekend???
I made the Romanian and the Easteran European festivals yesterday and they were great.
At the Romanian do there was a childrens violin concert (about 6 to 10 years of age) where the director (in Romanian costume) went through and tuned everyones fiddle, that was good for a chuckle. A gypsy fiddler (I liked the kids better) and some dancers which I enjoyed. Food wise there was a sausage (that's how it was described to me but there was no casing) that was outstanding. I said what do you eat it with? The response, bread and mustard. Sure enough there were gallons of French's mustard at the condiment station.
I liked the food better at the Jackson Highway bash. They had a chow line with stuffed cabbage, a kinda cheese filled ravioli item (I forget the name), sausage w/ sauerkraut, borsh, chicken, tri-tip, (I passed on the chicken and tri-tip and stayed with the ethnic stuff) and big tubs of sour crean to top it off with. I got a few of the items that seemed to fill the bill and lunch was $8 ! Beer and wine at the Jackson Highway site for $4 a glass/bottle, no drinking in Carmichael park.
Finally the pastry table. As usual the pastries at these events are to die for. I had a piece of walnut cake ($3) that was outstanding. I picked up a mixed collection to bring home for $8 that will keep me and friends busy for a couple of days.
I guess the point of all this is we need a festival central to help avoid this needless overlap so we can hound every weekend in style.
I recommend hitting one or two of these today, next chance will be around Christmas and then they too will all be on the same day.
Happy hounding, Robert