October brings Events DC’s 2022 International City Food Festival

Three-day celebration starts October 13

Events DC announced the International City Food Festival, which will bring three days of celebration of global food, culture and drink to Washington, DC. After all, Washington, with its Embassy Row and significant worldly gatherings, including the United Nations General Assembly and annual International Monetary Fund meetings, is a cross-cultural milieu. International City will take place October 13 to 15.

At a critical moment in history, Events DC is putting the spotlight on worldwide diplomacy. In highly-relevant fashion, it enlisted Kharkiv, Ukraine-based artist Olga Shtonda for the festival’s key illustrations, graphics and artwork. “Shtonda’s work combines textures, colors and patterns as she finds inspiration in nature amidst war in her home country and, in her own words, “hopes to make people smile,” according to an Events DC announcement.

Embassy Challenge

Taking place on Thursday, October 13, the Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge will create a friendly competition between 40 embassy chefs and their cuisines. The Smithsonian American Art Museum will host the competition, creating a showcase in which at least 30 embassies will showcase their countries’ unique flavors.

The 2022 Challenge “offers an international and immersive foodie experience only possible in Washington, DC,” said Events DC. Tickets for the global culinary celebration, which gets underway at 7 p.m., can be purchased here.

The following embassies confirmed their participation:

  • African Union
  • Azerbaijan
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Cameroon
  • China
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Guatemala
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Hungary
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Malawi
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda
  • Serbia
  • Sierra Leone
  • Tunisia
  • Uganda
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

The prizes will be the coveted Golden Pineapple trophy, awarded to the winners of the People’s Choice Prize, which is presented by Events DC, in which attendees vote for their favorite, and the Judges’ Choice Prize, determined by a distinguished panel of judges. Competing chefs will have an opportunity to win additional awards, including the Best Beverage Award, presented by PepsiCo.


Events DC Taste of Oktoberfest

Stemming from the original Oktoberfest—a world-renowned Bavarian folk festival celebrated in Munich, Taste of Oktoberfest will take place on Friday, October 14, starting at 4 p.m. This event may not attract the six million or so people the original does, but it will certainly be a fun way to connect with German culture.

Collaborating with the German-American Heritage Foundation and the German Embassy, Events DC will bring a sampling of the legendary original through its own presentation of the festival. The $10 2022 Events DC Oktoberfest tickets are on sale at internationalcityfesttickets.com.

Día de los Muertos, Food & Film in the Park

On Saturday, October 15, the Día de los Muertos, Food & Film in the Park event will creep up at Franklin Park. It will be a special cultural event, celebrating food, film and entertainment related to the holiday of Mexico, and planned & curated by its Embassy.

One interactive showing—Disney’s Coco, will be shown, celebrating the film’s soon-arriving fifth anniversary.


Although Events DC Día de los Muertos is open to all ages and free to attend, attendees need to register at http://www.internationalcityfesttickets.com.

According to its announcement, “Events DC has a longstanding commitment to celebrating the city’s international legacy through unique and innovative programs that bring people together. In 2021, organizers were nominated for three Capital Emmys. Among them, The Embassy Chef Challenge: Afghanistan, a short documentary exploring the power of cultural connection through food, won the award for Best Historical/Cultural Short Form Content.”

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