The popular korean dish bibimbap. Traditional Korean and Armenian foods will be one of many attractions at the first Korean Armenian cultural festival.
Festival organizer Arick Gevorkian says some of his neighbors doubted that a small local event focused on Asian and European immigrants would take off.
“Why not?" he asks. "Why not down the road Armenian and Mexican and Korean? Why not Armenian and Mexican and Korean and Irish?”
Gevorkian is Armenian - born and raised in Iran, and educated in England. He moved to the United States in 1981, and got his small business off the ground with the help of other Armenian neighbors. Now, he says, the festival has become an incubator for other immigrant-owned small businesses that will be selling their prepared foods, crafts and other wares this weekend.
“For our kids that go to local public schools, or the community that shops at the local grocery stores, they understand that the Koreans and Armenians, yeah, they might speak differently, they might eat differently," explains Gevorkian. "But we have to bring harmony to the neighborhood in order for us to be able to truly to call our neighborhood our home.”
The festival takes place both days this weekend from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The offerings include Korean Pop music, or K-Pop, Armenian church choirs, Armenian shish kebob and Korean barbecue stands.