Downey International Food and Music Festival


Sophie Castillo

The group Akratic Sun performs live at the festival as people gather to listen during the festival on September 10.

The Town of Downey hosted the International Food and Music Festival on Downey Avenue from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Some of the festival attractions were makeup artists, henna artists, cartoonists, balloon artists, wine garden and craft beer.

There was also a photo booth station, a climbing wall, a small petting/feeding zoo as well as a live DJ.

The last International Food and Music Festival hosted by Downey was in 2019 due to COVID and they have been unable to hold the festival for the past two years.

“It’s my first time working at this event, I’m really looking forward to trying the food,” said a staff member, “It’s also cool to see the community come together to listen to music. good music and eat food.”

Brian angry, Akratic Sun, Joyas Prestadas [a Jenny Rivera tribute], Irie Love and a few other artists were all scheduled to perform for the festival.

Downey resident Samantha Macias said: “I heard about this event through my school’s social media account. I’m really excited about the food, heard it was good and can’t wait to try the pasta.

There were about 10 food trucks serving food and snacks like pancakes, grilled cheese, hibachi, pasta, pupusas and chicken sandwiches.

The two most popular food trucks are the Italian Bella Garden, known for its pasta, and the Teppanyaki Japanese Grill, which serves hibachi-style dishes.

“I saw the flyer on Instagram and decided to come,” said John Rivas, a resident of Pico Rivera, “I bought hibachi and it was really good. The petting zoo is also cool .

Farm animals
People of all ages gather to pet farm animals during the International Food and Music Festival on September 10. (Sophia Castillo)

The petting zoo was located on the right side of the entrance to the festival, so it was the first thing people saw.

It included animals like alpacas, baby goats, baby pigs, sheep, and other types of farm animals.

It was one of the main attractions that everyone at the festival gravitated towards.

People of all ages stood around to watch and feed the farm animals. Many visitors had fun interacting with them as they don’t see these animals often.

A popular activity was the climbing wall and many children eagerly lined up to participate in the climbing.

The group Akratic Sun performs live at the festival as people gather to listen during the festival on September 10. (Sophie Castillo)

There were lots of different things to do and watch for people of all ages.

People stood to chat with each other or sat at picnic tables to eat while listening to live performances.

Some visitors were right in front of the stages dancing while some adults took advantage of the wine garden and craft beer station.

Throughout the festival, staff members made sure everyone was having a good time and answered questions from guests.


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