5 Myths About Fayetteville – Myth #4

July 12, 2018

In yesterday's blog, we took a look at all that the Fayetteville area has to offer in terms of arts and entertainment, busting the myth that Cumberland County has no arts scene. Today, I'm tackling the false idea that there's no way to have multicultural experiences here in Cumberland County.

Myth #4: Cumberland County Has No Multicultural Experiences

When I was growing up, I was completely unaware of everything the Fayetteville area had to offer when it comes to international culture. You can experience the whole world right here in Cumberland County. One of the best ways to do this is to attend one of our many heritage festivals. The Fayetteville area is home to a yearly Greek Festival, Caribbean-American Heritage Festival, and much more. The upcoming 4th Annual African World Peace Festival, happening this coming weekend (July 13-15), is just another example of the multicultural festivals that Cumberland County hosts. At this and other festivals, you can enjoy international music and dance, unique cuisine, craft vendors, and educational exhibits.

Whether or not there is a festival happening, there are always plenty of authentic international restaurants in the Fayetteville area. I recently tried a local Vietnamese restaurant called Grilled Ginger and was amazed by what they had to offer. Grilled Ginger is just one of the many international restaurants in the area that offer a variety of authentic foreign dishes. You can enjoy everything from Thai to Mediterranean, Japanese to Italian, all while supporting local Cumberland County businesses. Check out the abundance of dining options here on the International Cuisine Trail.

Stopping by your favorite international-style restaurant is not the only way to have a multicultural experience in the greater Fayetteville area. Cumberland County is also home to hundreds of places of worship, to include multi-denominational churches, mosques, and temples. For those of you who are like me and are fascinated by church history, the Visitors Bureau's Religious Freedom Trail will lead you on a driving tour of the historical churches in the area. Whether you’re looking for something like your regular place of worship or you're interested in learning more about other worldviews and customs, the Fayetteville area has something for you.

To get a broader look at the cultures represented in the communities of Cumberland County, consider attending the yearly International Folk Festival in Downtown Fayetteville. The Festival is always one of my favorite times of year. This year's festival will be taking place September 28-30. Numerous countries and cultures are represented by vendors, performers, speakers and more at this festival. You will get a glimpse at the beauty of the diverse world right here in Cumberland County.

Celebrating international heritage shows how inclusive and well-rounded a community can be. Clearly, Cumberland County is proud of the cultures represented in the area. Check the Visitors Bureau's Calendar of Events to see what other multicultural celebrations are upcoming. Keep an eye out for tomorrow's blog as I bust one last myth about Fayetteville.


Written by Communication Intern Evan Young


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