Taste of Ethiopia blends food, heritage and Colorado politics – The Denver Post

by Zelalem

The fourth annual Taste of Ethiopia festival in Parkfield Lake Park drew thousands of diners, about two dozen Ethiopian performers, a dozen newly-naturalized citizens and a ton or more of home-cooked African cuisine. And a few politicians dropped by, too.

Because Colorado is home to more than 30,000 Ethiopians and Eritreans, the largest concentration in the east Denver metro area, the success of the fast-growing festival is no surprise.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, who represents the 6th Congressional District, spent hours at the festival, shaking hands and posing for pictures, reading a congressional proclamation honoring the event, speaking at the naturalization ceremony and accepting flowers and a suit of Ethiopian clothes as thanks for his efforts supporting the African immigrant community.

Ethiopian dancer Rose Wolde, left, moments before taking the stage at the 4th annual Taste of Ethiopia festival
Ethiopian dancer Rose Wolde, left, moments before taking the stage at the 4th annual Taste of Ethiopia festival at Parkfield Lake Park August 06, 2016.

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