There are a number of offerings that provide visitors to the Radcliff Cultural Festival a true taste of various cultures — from dance and music to food.

This year’s event — months in the making — will have plenty of it all to provide a slice of culture from around the world.

Julie Debibar, a native of Guam and manager at Helen’s Flowers, is organizing dance and music groups representing various cultures of Pacific Asian Islanders and Asians including Guam, Hawaii and Samoa. That portion of Saturday’s festival begins around noon.

She said she’s thankful the festival is back this year after being canceled last year due to the pandemic, and that the community will be able to learn more about the various cultures and ethnicities that are within the city by watching the shows, eating food and talking about each other’s histories and backgrounds.

“Radcliff has been such a melting pot for all these different ethnic groups,” she said. “To be introduced to cultures out here that some people don’t even know about, it’s amazing.”

An international fashion show also is among the activities planned from 5 to 6 p.m. Saturday and has been organized by Julie Ford and Diane Lear. Debibar said this show will include various clothing combinations, from formal to casual wear to end the festival.

Robert Mariano, the mayor of Dangriga, Belize, also will be attending after he was invited to Radcliff by the city.

For those wanting to taste food from around the world, that also will be available to festival-goers.

Throughout the day, “Taste of the World,” organized by Pete Countryman, will feature several food trucks and vendors offering various meals from countries such as France, Italy, Mexico, Korea, Belize and Germany, as well as American food, along with a beer tent.

The North Hardin Lions Club also is selling hot dogs, bratwursts and ice cream with The Gathering Bakery selling cotton candy, breakfast burritos and sweet treats.

The festival, initially held in 2019, will feature a number of activities to showcase the diversity in Radcliff, said Toshie Murrell, Radcliff city council member and a festival organizer.

“Our goal is to continue to do bring people from all around the community the state to attend the festival, and to participate,” Murrell said.

Taking place on Freedoms Way, the festival schedule begins at 7 a.m. with a Radcliff Optimist Club pancake breakfast and concluding at 6 p.m. with the cultural fashion show.

A parade will be held at 10 a.m. with the opening ceremony beginning at noon, which will include an “In Remembrance of 9/11,” organized by Jeanette Stephens, which features readings, dignitaries, member of each military branch, and an address by Sen. Dennis Parrett, D-Elizabethtown.

Andrew Harp can be reached at 270-505-1414 or aharp@thenewsenterprise.com.

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