By Allison Arnold – Web Editor
Festival of the Arts is the perfect welcome to warm weather, festival season, and amazing food. I stopped by Friday afternoon to scope out what food vendors were cooking. On the corner of Ottawa and Pearl is a Vietnamese vendor selling chicken on skewers (basically a kabob) and chicken egg rolls, priced at $4 and $2 respectively. While the skewer was challenging to eat in public without getting sweet and sour sauce all over your hands and shirt, it was one of my favorites.
Further down Ottawa I grabbed a shwarma at booth 8. At $6 I was expecting a little more meat and veggies in the sandwich, and would next time opt for an Italian sausage hot dog, which I heard are not only delicious, but really filling. Food booth 10 had corn dogs for $2 a piece. I’m really regretting not grabbing one, so I’d recommend that you do. What’s a festival without a corn dog? And if you’re one of those people that like eating off plates, check out the Great Wisdom Mediation Center’s food booth on Ottawa and Fountain. They were cooking up stir-fried noodles and fresh spring rolls that looked both light and tasty. I would definitely recommend heading to the festival, whether it’s to people watch, enjoy the art, or listen to music. Just make sure to leave some extra room to explore the diverse food choices being offered (and maybe bring some hand wipes, too).