WorldFest is important for a great many reasons, as enumerated by the City of Louisville in the following preview that I lifted from its website.

But Food & Dining Magazine is devoted to food and drink, and our founder and publisher John Carlos White was a key player at WorldFest’s inception, ironically around the same time that he had a second launch agenda on his plate: F&D itself.

In 2023 WorldFest turns 21, and privileges come with legal age.

NEW this year! WorldFest is turning 21 so let’s CELEBRATE with a WorldFest Happy Hour! We will open the Belvedere a day early, on Thursday, August 31st from 4 to 8 p.m. for an early look at all the great craft and food vendors as well as some great musicians! Happy Hour specials will be made available. Check back soon for more details!

Food choices at WorldFest vary from year to year, and the mystery makes an afternoon’s foraging great fun. Looking back at articles and reviews from previous WorldFest weekends yields a glimpse of the possibilities: Ethiopian, Vietnamese, Colombian, Chinese, German, Turkish, Cuban, Somali and many other cuisines reflecting the international character of Louisville.

Here’s the scoop.

WorldFest 2023 Labor Day Weekend
See the World without ever leaving the city!
September 1 – 4, 2023

WorldFest, Louisville’s premier international festival is the most diverse, inclusive, and equitable event in the region, featuring:

  • Three entertainment stages showcasing international, national, regional, and local performers
  • A vendor village with nearly 150 international-themed arts, crafts, merchandise, and food booths
  • The WorldFest Global Village highlights cultures and customs from all over the world through traditional performances
  • The World of Information showcasing many different cultures and countries providing informational materials and activities
  • The Parade of Cultures on Saturday, celebrating all the diverse cultures in Louisville
  • The WorldFest International Kids Zone with lots of fun and educational activities and games for kids to enjoy
  • A Naturalization Ceremony welcoming dozens of new American citizens to Louisville

The photo credit unfortunately isn’t known, and yes, the same image appears here from year to year, but c’mon, it eloquently conveys the WorldFest ethos. Previously at F&D (in 2022):

WorldFest’s 20th anniversary, coming Labor Day weekend to the Belvedere