Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina

One of the top ten cultural events to be held each year in North CarolinaOne of the most fascinating cultural events in Western North Carolina is happening July 22 – August 1, 2010.

According to Top Events USA, Folkmoot USA, The State International Festival of North Carolina, is one of the top festivals to be held in North Carolina each year. Folkmoot is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. The festival starts July 23rd with the Parade of Nations in Waynesville, NC.

This free event starts at North Main Street and ends in front of the Historic Court House on South Main. Later that evening, Waynesville will host the Folkmoot at First Friday Street Dance also on Main Street. This event is also free.

The balance of the two weeks will be filled with performances and workshops by up to 350 performers from the following countries: Russia, Latvia, UK (Irish step dancers), France, Switzerland, Peru, Jordan, Portugal and Poland.  The Folkmoot Festival features public performances at venues throughout Western North Carolina in the towns of Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Highlands, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Columbus, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock, Stecoah and Franklin.

For a complete schedule and for more information contact Folkmoot USA.

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The dancers and the support staff are all guests of the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.  The building was once an elementary school, and for three weeks during each summer, it is the home to  guests from around the world.

The question I had was how do you feed all of these people?¬† Well, the school’s original cafeteria is still in place.¬† In fact during the rest of the year it is leased by an an absolutely wonderful catering company, KANINI’S. All-Natural Meals To Go.

But for now, the cafeteria comes to life with actual school “lunch ladies” serving and preparing the meals.¬† After all, who could do a better job? ¬† Kanini’s is graciously working as planned through the kitchens of Blue Ridge Food Ventures during this time.

The Folkmoot Organization is looking for volunteers in various capacities.  If you are interested, please contact them.