By Julia Howard
Have you eaten something that transports you back in time or to a different place? That sense of nostalgia may be found in a soup your mother cooked or a special dessert your family shared on a religious holiday.
Preparing, sharing, and eating cultural foods is an act that links us to many things; family history, community, traditions, and even local and seasonal ingredients.
A unique blend of cultural foods at the Saratoga Farmers’ Market has inspired a celebration of world flavors on Saturday, March 25, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, at the Wilton Mall food court.
The farmers’ market’s International Flavor Fest will highlight offerings from around the globe.
Your tastebuds will backpack across Europe with Sweet Prophecy’s frgál cakes from the Wallachia region of the eastern Czech Republic. Explore flavors from Scandinavia with Parchement’s Julekaker and Rugbrød, bread inspired by Scandinavian family traditions. Visit the Eastern Mediterranean with Euro Delicacies’ savory burek and classic dolma. Just to name a few stops.
Catch a flight of flavors to the Caribbean (with a touch of Trinidad and Tobago) with prepared food from Vashti’s Kitchen Delights, where herbs like cilantro and spices like cumin and cinnamon sing in dishes of pork and chicken.
Take a culinary shortcut to Asia, where warm scents of turmeric, cardamom, and chili fill the air. Daily Fresh brings curries, samosas, and mango lassies for a delicious experience from India. Bangladesh is inviting with a flavorful chicken and rice dish at Irin Wellness.
You can find many more flavorful foods from across the globe at the farmers’ market every Saturday, with special highlights and activities at the market’s International Flavor Fest on March 25.
Also, joining us for this celebration, the World Awareness Children’s Museum will bring activities and invite children to make paper fortune cookies. Families and market-goers may pick up a passport for their journey around the world at the farmers’ market, earning a prize when filling their passport with stamps from market vendors.
Reconnecting with food traditions, eating food prepared with nourishing ingredients, and slowing down to savor and experience food, creates a culture that we at the farmers’ market love sharing with the community
The Saratoga Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Wilton Mall Food Court. Find us online at www.saratogafarmersmarket.org, where you can sign up for our weekly newsletter, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @SaratogaFarmersMarket.