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First Annual Couscous Festival in Pasadena

Food festivals are big in Southern California. With so much farmland most have heard of celebrations like The Stawberry Festival, The Avocado Festival and even The Garlic Festival. However, this weekend marks an exciting new culinary celebration- The Couscous Festivel. Beginning this Saturday, October 16th and continuing through Sunday the 17tth Chefs Farid Zadi and Susan Park of the new Ecole de Cuisine in Pasedena will bring light to the wonders of couscous and related cuisine. A guru of North African and mediterranean food, Paula Wolfert will demonstrate how to make hand-rolled couscous. Zadi himself will be showing how to prepare traditional Morrocan mint tea and Times writer Charles Perry will discuss North African and Andalusian dishes. There will also be live Saharan blues and acoustic music by Tuareg singer and musician Alhassane and Serena. The weekend will be an aromatic opportunity for learning, tasting and connecting over food.

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