Saturday, August 23, 2014

Second Annual Inter’NASH’ional Food Crawl

If you’re looking for something fun to do over Labor Day weekend, consider participating in a food crawl down Nolensville Road! The Nolensville Road corridor is a true melting pot of ethnic restaurants, grocery stores and bakeries. In a relatively small area, you can find Ethiopian, Thai, Mexican, Kurdish, Turkish and El Salvadorian cuisines, and lots, LOTS more.

food crawl_2014The tour takes place on Saturday, August 30, from noon to 3pm.Organized by TIRCC, the Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, this tour will surely unearth all kinds of tasty hidden gems along the corridor.

TIRRC is a statewide, immigrant and refugee-led collaboration whose mission is to empower immigrants and refugees throughout Tennessee to develop a unified voice, defend their rights, and create a strong, welcoming, and inclusive environment.

Like their Facebook page here.

They host the Food Crawl to encourage Nashvillians to explore the culinary offerings along Nolensville Road while learning about the different cultures that call Nashville home. Facts about the tour:

  • The event will highlight a 2-mile span of Nolensville Road.
  • Cost is $10 per person and includes samples of delicious foods from around the world from participating restaurants.
  • Participants should start at Casa Azafran (2195 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211) to pay, and get a map and wristband.
  • Five to six different restaurants will open their doors to share their food and culture.
  • Last year, 300 people attended! Here are some photos.
  • Click here to RSVP yes to the Facebook event.

They haven’t released the list of participating restaurants and grocers yet, but I am told there will be Cuban, Moroccan and Kurdish stops along the way.

In another life, I led culinary tours down Nolensville Road with my partner Paulette Licitra, cooking class instructor and publisher of Alimentum Journal. The Scene’s “Bites Blog” even wrote about us! To whet your whistle about the delicious possibilities down Nolensville, here’s a video Paulette made from one of our tours in 2011.

Sean Maloney, food writer at The Scene, also did a series called “The Road” where he ate his way down Nolensville Road and wrote about it.

I’m so looking forward to this tour. Hope to see you there!


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