The Committee for Ethnic Affairs advises the Montgomery County, MD County Executive and County Council on public policy that relates to ethnic affairs; promotes maximum involvement of all ethnic groups in the County in government, business and community affairs.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Take a Trip Around the World... in Silver Spring; Second Annual Taste the World in Fenton Village

Take a Trip Around the World... in Silver Spring; Second Annual Taste the World in Fenton Village

Nearly two dozen restaurants featuring cuisine from around the globe will be show cased in the second annual Taste the World in Fenton Village on Sunday, May 6 from 1 to 5 p.m. Fenton Village is located just south of downtown Silver Spring between Wayne, Georgia and Burlington avenues and Fenton Street.

Unlike other tasting events assembled on sidewalks or public lots, Taste the World welcomes participants into restaurants to sample not just their specialties but their special atmosphere. Restaurants will offer appetizers or small tasting plates at a minimal cost of $2 to $5 apiece.
“Our restaurant has been serving Silver Spring for 28 years and is a proud member of the Fenton Village community,” says Suton Thumprasert, owner of Thai Derm. “We are excited to see the arrival of other restaurants over the last few years, which have helped Fenton Village earn a reputation as a global community.”

“Hundreds of area residents took part in the inaugural event last year and we’re thrilled to once again welcome our neighbors and visitors from Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Bethesda and all around the DC area to sample the diverse range of dining available in Fenton Village,” said Jessica Fusillo, chair of the Community Economic Development Committee of the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board. “Within just a few blocks, participants can have a truly international experience.”

In addition to more than 30 independent restaurants, Fenton Village is home to two spas, a martial arts academy, jewelers, music stores, a travel agency, a comics store, art supply store, thrift shop, international groceries, dry cleaners, art non-profits and more.

“Small businesses are what make the Fenton Village community vibrant and unique,” says Fusillo. “Fenton Village has it all. I urge residents to attend the Taste the World event to help ensure that our neighborhood businesses and our community continue to thrive.”

Restaurants ranging from Abyssinia Restaurant (Ethiopian) to ZED’s CafĂ© (Internet coffee shop) are participating in Taste the World. Hosted by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board, with help from Silver Spring Town Center Inc., the event also features musical entertainment.

Event attendees will pick up their Taste the World passports at Parking Lot 3 on Fenton Street between Thayer and Silver Spring avenues beginning at 1p.m. Once participants have their fill of the range of tastes, they can enter a free drawing for prizes from local merchants.

The Silver Spring Metro Station is a 10-minute walk from the stage area. Free parking will be available at Parking Lot 3 as well as Parking Garage #4 on Silver Spring Avenue.

For more information, call 240-832-3078 or visit www.tastetheworldfentonvillage.orgfor maps, a list of participating restaurants, and other event details. Additional information about Fenton Village and downtown Silver Spring is available at

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