Since 1973, there has been one thing Orange County residents can count on and that is the Labor Day weekend Orange International Street Fair.
We’ve all been to this fair at least once in our lives, and have fond memories of eating some of the best international food we can get our hands on in one place. In fact, after a visit to the fair many years ago, my mom bought an ebelskivers pan (a pan to make a Danish spherical shaped, donut-like snack) and perfected the art of the ebelskiver. Like a waffle or pancake, they are great with preserves, whipped cream, dusted with powdered sugar, or just by themselves. Hungry yet? It was such a wonderful reminder of the fair throughout the year, but nothing can compare to the huge variety of foods available at the fair itself.
This year there will be 14 different countries represented including Polynesia, Denmark, France, Italy, Ireland, All-American, Greece, Japan, Germany, Switzerland, Lebanon, England, and Mexico. There will even be a miniature version for the kids to explore.
A variety of performing acts will take to the eight stages around the circle and throughout the nearby pedestrian-only streets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Hours of operation vary from day to day, so be sure to check ahead (and just putting it out there, beer sales end at 9 p.m.).
If you haven’t been before, be sure to wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved. Also, bring sunscreen and cash, and check out their map to make it easier to understand the layout.
To check out event times, parking, vendor list, sponsor list, entertainment list and so much more, check out their website: