Soka University in Alicia Viejo has announced the date for their 12th Annual International Festival. The festival will be held this year on Saturday, May 4, 2013, from 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. This year, it will feature over 900 dancers and musicians on three stages. Last year, the musical choices ran from Japanese taiko drumming and Greek music and folk dancing to a symphonic performance of music from popular films and jazz performances.
Artists and craftsmen will be featured again this year, with over 250 booths representing difffernt countries. This year, there will also be a FunWithChalk Street Painting Festival, with dozens of street painting artists creating some amazing chalk masterpieces. The FunWithChalk Festival art will also be available for a special viewing on Sunday, May 5, from 10:30-5:30 p.m.
For children, there will be a Bounce House in a children's play area, shows for kids and much more. There will be plenty of games, children's art workshops and education presentations as well as a Kid's Adventure Land.
Food wise, last year's event was a fantastic way to explore the world. The southwest was represented by items such as churros and Sonoran hot dogs, the bacon-wrapped creation which has proved extremely popular. Asia was represented by japanese takoyaki, a pancake ball filled with octopus and covered with a delicious sweet and savory sauce. Korean fried chicken, Afghan cake and Indian vegetarian plates are but a few of the choices that were nothing short of amazing in their variety of flavors. The United States south contributed pulled pork sandwiches and Europe featured ableskievers, a Danish delight similar to a round ball of a pancake and covered with lignonberry jam and powdered sugar. There were so many others last year that it was impossible to taste them all. As was done last year, all groups serving food are affiliated either with a Soka University Student Club or a non profit group. It is a great way to support these organizations and have some great food.
This year, there are even more choices for the foodie to try. As Wendy Harder, the Director of Community Relations said today, March 13, “As you can see we have hot caramel Stroopwaffels (Dutch cookies – SUA Photography Club with Best Bites), Abelskivers (Danish donuts) from our local Boy Scout troop, Hawaiian shaved ice and Italian ice, takoyaki – SUA Cheerleaders with Tanota Takoyaki, Bulgogi Korean BBQ from SUA’s Corea Club, Jamaican vegan food (new this year), Indonesian satay, yakitori (grilled chicken on sticks by SUA’s Josho Daiko Taiko Drum Club), spam musubi from SUA’s KaPilina Ho’olokahi Hawaiian Dance Club, crepes and waffles from SUA’s French Club (new), Afghan food from International Orphan Care, Turkish vegan food from Pacifica Institute, Chinese plate from Rhythmission and Crystal Jade, Okinawan donuts from Ryukyu Club of SUA (new), hot dogs, sausages, Tornado Potato, Koji tacos, Boba tea, gyros, fruit smoothies…so far!”
The admission for the Soka University 12th Annual International Festival is free. Parking this year for the May 4, 2013 festival is available on campus for $10. Carpooling is encouraged and an early arrival is suggested. Attendees are encouraged to wear international attire. With so much to see and do, it will be very easy to spend the entire day eating, shopping and enjoying shows. The festival was amazing last year and with the additional events, shows and exhibitors they have added, it should prove to fe the best festival they have done. Mark you calendar now for May 4, 2013 for the Soka University 12th Annual International Festival. It is an event that should not be missed!
For more information:
1 University Drive
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656