Final Countdown to Festival of Nations; Sept. 17th. By Kem A. Marks
The dog days of summer are upon us, and while Portlanders are cramming as much fun and as many street fairs as possible into their days, others are working hard to put on a second and, no doubt, more successful Festival of Nations. The Sept. 17 festival means summer goes on just a bit longer after Labor Day. If you’ve never put together a major festival, you are probably not aware of the thousands of little details you need to juggle in the 12 months of preparation for the big day. Luckily for the Division Midway Alliance, the festival’s organizer, the Festival Committee is taking care of them all. Read More
Festival sponsor East Garden delivers authentic tastes of China By Ann Ereline
Danny Wong does a bit of everything, from taking deliveries to doing meetings and the books, for the East Garden restaurant. A bit of everything, except the cooking.
That most essential job is left to his father who, Danny says beaming with pride, “is an excellent cook” of dishes you’d find in Guangzhou (formerly Canton), where the Wong’s immigrated from to join family in Portland in 1989. And for about a year, they have been the sole owners of East Garden at 12424 SE Division St.
East Garden’s food leans toward “a little more original Chinese,” according to Danny, and you can try it out yourself at the Festival of Nations on Sept. 17. For a second year, East Garden will feature restaurant favorites, such as lo meins, fried rice and other popular items. Like last year, the East Garden is a festival sponsor, sponsoring at the Silver Level. Read More
End of Summer Cruise-in Closes Festival Season By Kem A. Marks
The third weekend in September will be busy in East Portland, with back-to-back fun Sept. 17th and 18th before the rain returns. The 2016 Festival of Nations by Division Midway Alliance will get things started (go here for more), and the End of Summer Cruise-in will close things out Sunday.
The Cruise-in is an East Portland tradition put on by Bill Dayton, owner of Pizza Baron, itself an East Portland tradition. This year Mayhem Customs, Key-Bank and O’Reilly Auto Parts are co-sponsoring the Cruise-in. Read More
People – Places– Things on the spot at Festival’s food tent Volunteer Spotlight By Ann Ereline
A lot of ingredients are needed to make the Taste of Nations tent a rousing success year after year. The food part is handled by the remarkable chefs from our diverse local communities.
The organization and communications are also in the hands of experts from People – Places – Things. Sheila Gibbons takes the helm as lead coordinator and will be assisted by five group leaders. Patrik McDade will hand out helpings of assistance to groups as they prepare their dishes.
Sheila and Patrik as well as People – Places – Things are a perfect match for the Taste of Nations, this year bringing together delicacies from Russia to Mexico, Somalia to China, and Iraq, Bhutan and Myanmar. Read More
Thank you to all of our 2016 Festival of Nations Sponsors. Your generous support makes the festival possible.
Silver Sponsors: T-Mobile
Inter West Properties
Hazelwood Neighborhood Assoc.
Keepsake Family Tree Video
Disc Golf Depot
Northwest Priority Credit Union
Centennial Community Assoc.
Powellhurst Gilbert Neighborhood Assoc.
Midway Business Assoc.