Ethnic Food Fair and Last Chance Exhibitions Top Memorial Day Weekend “To Do” List
As if there weren’t enough reasons to spend part of your Memorial Day weekend in Balboa Park, the good folks at the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages have graciously scheduled the Ethnic Food Fair for this Sunday, May 30.
One of my favorite annual events, for obvious reasons, the Ethnic Food Fair allows prolific eaters like me to sample the culinary treats of 32 different cultures. Where else can you gobble up French pastries, shepherd’s pie, tamales, egg rolls, bratwurst, falafels, pasta, Norwegian waffles, pierogis, paella, and more in one location?
No, the Horton Plaza food court doesn’t count! Especially since the Ethnic Food Fair accompanies these great eats with a smorgasbord of music and dance performances from various countries throughout the day, along with friendly folks wearing authentic costumes and displaying traditional arts and crafts.
Once you’ve had your fill, I suggest heading to the Casa de Balboa to catch two very different photography exhibitions that close June 6: Faces of the Frontier: Photographic Portraits from the American West, 1845–1924, organized by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery, at the San Diego History Center; and State of Mind: A California Invitational, featuring contemporary work of the last decade, at the Museum of Photographic Arts.
Also ending a long run on June 6, Motion Mania: Move Your Mind at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center presents 30 fun activities that explore basic principles of the physics of motion some people take for granted, such as the optimal angle to throw a tennis ball for maximum distance.