Ignite – A Celebration of Global Street Food & Fire Lights Up Union Square

Photos by Frank Santangelo 

To celebrate Union Square’s sizzling food landscape, ArtsUnion has brought you this past Saturday night their latest event “Ignite.”
Ignite was an evening of international eats, fire throwers, roving entertainment and a raucous celebration of global culture. They’ve double the food vendors this year, including Pikliz International Kitchen (Haitian), Casa B (Latin American Tapas), India Palace, Union Square Donuts, and the Arts Council’s Nibble Culinary Entrepreneurs (Venezuelan arepas, among other edible delights!). Gracie’s Ice Creami presented Fluff Cones, along with ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Patrons were urged to try the Pokemango Hot Pepper flavor! 
They were also able to graze on Brazilian BBQ while sipping freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, or perhaps a vegetarian Indian dosa is more up your alley? They had you covered.
There were also food demos, a Global Chip guessing game, food-related crafts for kids, the “Nose Olympics!” and many more foodie activities. Beyond the global grazing opportunities, the Boston Circus Guild danced with fire. There were craft vendors and numerous performers, including Xuchipilli Folkloric Ballet, belly dancers, Taiko drummers and ukelele minstrels in the food court. The festival illuminated in high style by Todd Sargent. From the global menu and fire to an 8-foot tiger head created by Pecan Nut, this festival guaranteed thrills, international flavor — and a full stomach!
The suggested donation for the event was $1.00

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