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2013 Lowell Folk Festival 7/26-28

greygarious Jul 8, 2013 08:54 AM

This year's Foodways presentations at Lucy Larcom Park will be fried doughs http://www.lowellfolkfestival.org/cra....

It's a shame that once again the organizers and underwriters of Boston Summer Arts (which is in its second year) have chosen to schedule their event in competition with the venerable LFF, which has historically drawn Bostonians out to Lowell by car and train.

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  1. greygarious Jul 25, 2013 01:11 PM

    Bumping this to mention that the craft demos at Lucy Larcom are carvers, including those who carve produce. No further details, so I'm not sure whether this means garniture or something like ornamental gourds.

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    1. re: greygarious
      Allstonian Jul 25, 2013 01:23 PM

      I heard a little teaser on the radio yesterday - here's a link to the story, on WBUR: http://artery.wbur.org/2013/07/24/rub...
      They're featuring a Filipino guy who does elaborate Thai-style carving of fruits and vegetables. There are some great photos on the linked page.

      1. re: Allstonian
        ParisLady Jul 26, 2013 06:01 AM

        Wow! Amazing!

        1. re: Allstonian
          greygarious Jul 26, 2013 03:35 PM

          Thanks - I'm eager to see him in action!

      2. justbeingpolite Jul 26, 2013 06:31 AM

        Anybody have recommendations for the best food stalls from the past? Going tonight.

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        1. re: justbeingpolite
          hotoynoodle Jul 27, 2013 12:38 PM

          we were roving around this afternoon.

          as always, the philipino stall had a huge line, but we started with the nigerian goat stew and "fried" rice at st. anne's. not as spicy as in the past but excellent.

          followed up with a simple lamb kebab at the athenian corner take-away tent and then got some GREAT spicy ribs from some lovely liberian ladies over by the dutton st. pavillion.

          headed back towards boarding house park and kad barma got some vanilla bean ice cream from the batch food truck and pronounced it as good as kimball's. a normal human-sized portion in a hoodsie-style cup with a wooden spoon.

          markos' food truck will be the food at the night-time "5th annual uptown music festival" sponsored by major's pub on market st., so that will be dinner later!

          1. re: hotoynoodle
            galleygirl Jul 27, 2013 01:57 PM

            BWAHA HA HA; you've never had BATCH before? Yer in trouble now! ;)

            1. re: galleygirl
              hotoynoodle Jul 27, 2013 02:26 PM

              lol. nope. i hate ice cream so no probs for me. :)

            2. re: hotoynoodle
              Nab Jul 28, 2013 10:54 AM

              The Liberian ribs were maybe the best bite of the day. A little chew, but a lot of flavourful heat, especially the side sauce. Speaking of chew, most of the festy fare is comprised of over-cooked meats. I spent the better part of the afternoon chewing on the same bite of Nigerian goat stew but the music is why ya keep coming back. The music is amazing ! And that Burmese tofu salad and chicken curry that goes great on a white shirt.

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                hotoynoodle Jul 28, 2013 01:40 PM

                did get gyro from markos' last night and it was sooooooooooooo good!! my neighbors all visit his truck so i don't know what i have been waiting for!

                we were invited to a brunch this morning (krazee, i know!) so took a pass on the burmese. later we did get a combo plate from the filipino tent--fried rice, rice noodles, a bbq chicken leg and egg roll. gotta say, i was a bit underwhelmed by the plate, but the red trouser show guys were amazeballs!!!!

                (kad did get ice cream on his shirt yesterday, but came home stain-free today, lol.)

                1. re: hotoynoodle
                  Nab Jul 28, 2013 02:39 PM

                  The Filipino guys run the most impressive operation, down to the cute kid wearing the menu, and the lumpia lady's cigar factory. The food smelled amazeballs, but the meats were again cooked to food safety regs. The redpants show was def'y amazeballs !

                  1. re: Nab
                    greygarious Jul 28, 2013 05:18 PM

                    And here I thought there couldn't be a more annoying adjective than the hackneyed "amazing".

            3. re: justbeingpolite
              T.B. Jul 27, 2013 02:18 PM

              Had a pretty tasty tofu salad from the Burmese stall by Dutton St. Their other offerings looked promising but I was too overheated to try them. Don't remember them from before; are they new to the festival this year?

              1. re: T.B.
                qianning Jul 28, 2013 03:11 PM

                they were there two years ago, but took last year off, and then returned this year.

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                  T.B. Jul 29, 2013 12:07 PM

                  Thanks, that explains why I didn't see them last year. I hadn't make it to Dutton St. in previous years but now that area seems to have the most interesting food stands (other than the Nigerian goat stew at St. Anne's).

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