A Diversity Of Voices at the Inaugural DNC Heritage Festival

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As a proudly multicultural city, Philadelphians celebrated with gusto at the first-ever DNC Heritage Festival, held on July 27th, 2016 and organized as a collaboration between the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council and the Democratic National Convention.

Dozens of ethnicities and nationalities were represented at the event in East Passyunk (that’s PASH-yunk in local-speak), a neighborhood encompassing part of the Italian Market and known as one of Philly’s hot spots for up-and-coming restaurants. East Passyunk Avenue was closed off to traffic to make room for the bustling street fair, which honored Philadelphia and the Democratic Party’s ethnic diversity along with the many contributions immigrants make to this country.

Local vendors including P’unk Burger, Sate Kampar, Mom Mom’s Polish Food Cart, Chhaya Cafe, and others provided samples of cuisines from around the world, while visitors were also treated to a variety of live performances ranging from whirling dervishes to Chinese drumming and bagpipes. 

The event blended seamlessly into the night’s Passyunk Passeggiata Street Festival, where the weekly Passyunk farmer’s market bumped up its offerings and hours to provide street fare well into the evening.

Check out our gallery below for images from the DNC Heritage Festival.

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