TGIF Local Lunch Post – Go Global for Lunch at WorldFest

Got cardoman? Get your Big Fat Greek  Tsoureki at the Hellenic Society of Louisville – Assumption Gr. Orthodox Church booth.  Hopa! (Photo:

Make that a World Feast this weekend as the Belvedere becomes the largest al fresco dining establishment in the region this weekend. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of WorldFest on Friday, Saturday and  Sunday at  from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.  Dinners, desserts, plate lunches, products, and appetizers  from around the world as well as around the Louisville Metro brings culinary cultures together along the Ohio River.

Local independent merchants will bring the best of their menus for the hungry crowds who have made WorldFest one of the Top 10 winners in the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s Judge’s Award for Fall Festivals and Events.

Just a taste to fire up your appetite:

Shiraz Mediterranean Grill offers sizzling traditional dishes from  fatoosh salad to falafels .

Savor the Gyoza Dumplings, Sushi, and.Tempiura at Bendoya.

For African specialties it’s all about the sauce.  Sample meat, vegetables, and breads then take home a bottle of Sunrise Ginger Syrup, Jerk Sauce, or Sweet Heat Salsa. All Kilimanjaro food and products are African-inspired and Kentucky Proud!

Enjoy the delicious braided loaves of Tsoureki at the Hellenic Society of Louisville-Assumption Greek Orthodox Church booth.

It’s free and open to anyone who will enjoy discovering the world in our own back yard. Food, music, art, fashion, and dance rule on the river this weekend. Rain or shine so bring a bumbershoot or poncho to be safe.

The report from the Office of the Mayor states: With at least 90 languages spoken in the Louisville public schools and 50 percent of the city’s population growth over the past 15 years coming from international residents, Louisville is more culturally diverse than ever before.

In addition to those numbers, you can bear witness to 300 people taking their U.S. oath of citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at 1:30 p.m. today. The ceremony is coordinated by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services – Louisville.

Back to food for a moment – Dare to Care will be collecting canned goods for their food bank so see what nourishment you can bring from your cupboards to donate will be much appreciated.

Here is the list of food vendors as it is listed on the WorldFest page. You’ll be able to stamp your food passport often. Dig in!

Adrienne & Company Inc 
Aloha Concession 
Banboo Concession 
Bendoya Restaurant 
Boss Hog 
Caribbean Style Pina Colada 
Chop’s kicthene 
Churreria Rabbit 
Corn Dogs 
Dish on Market 
El Gran Tako 
El Rin Con Sur Americano 
Taste of Ethiopia 
Gelato Gilberto, LLC 
Gernstein’s All American 
Going Nutts LLC Hot Roasted Almonds and Pecans 
Hawaiian Pineapple Whip 
Hellenic Society of Louisville – Assumption Gr. Orthodox Church 
Italian Polish Sausage/Kentuckiana Specialty 
Jamaican Assoc of Louisville 
Pennsylvania Dutch Funnel Cakes and Lemonade 
Lopez Foods 
Oasis Sushi & Soul 
Off The Hook Catering 
Repicci’s Italian Ice 
Ri Ra the Irish Pub 
Shiraz Mediterranean Grill 
Lemonade carts 
St. Francis of Assisi Committee on Conscience 
Taj Palace Indian Restaurant 
Taqueria Los Nietos 
Taqueria Estrella 
Thai Orchids Restaurant 
*ValuMarket (International)

Enjoy this Labor Day weekend by giving thanks for those who keep our cities and nation in motion. Independence sustains us all.  Good to have you stop by and read this column every week, feel free to post any recipes, restaurants, groceries, or inspiration – here or on the TGIF Local Lunch Post on Facebook.