The folks who run the annual Festival of American Folklife have this year arranged things so that even food fans with extraordinarily short attention spans can be satisfied. Visitors will be able to move from Salvadoran pastelitos to Indian samosas to Cajun gumbo as fast as their legs can carry them.
The festival, to be held from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., June 26-30 and July 3-7, will feature food for sale from those three cuisines, as well as demonstrations by expert cooks representing the cuisines of North and South Louisiana and New Orleans (quince jelly, hot-water cornbread and caldo, for example); by Italian-American cooks (pizza rustica, calamari salad and more); by a Chinese-American cook (Taishan dumplings, saute'ed turnips, etc.); and by a Salvadoran-born Washington resident.
Food from the demonstrations will not be for sale, but there will be a range of goodies from the Cajun, Indian and Salvadoran cuisines. Prices start at 50 cents for Cajun coffee or an American soft drink to $5 for tandoori chicken, a Salvadoran combination platter, or a Cajun sampler. And there will be lots of noshing possibilities in between.
The festivities, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Park Service, will take place on the Mall between 10th and 14th streets.