Small-Scale Globe Trotting at the Orange International Street Fair

Orange International Street Fair


A World in Orange County’s Own Backyard

We’re pretty lucky in Orange County; no matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, whether it’s English pub food or a Lebanese gyro, finding your fix is only a “near me” search away. But during the Orange International Street Fair, you get to experience the flavors of many different regions and cultures while enjoying a variety of music and entertainment, all within walking distance.

The Orange International Street Fair was first put on by the Orange International Street Fair, Inc. in 1973 when the City of Orange was celebrating its 100th year. The OISF Inc. was inspired by the Orange Street Fair of 1910, and has since then made the Orange International Street Fair a Labor Day tradition. Now, you can enjoy your Labor Day weekend with food and drinks getting served up by local schools, businesses and organizations, and with entertainment by local performers.

When visiting the Orange International Street Fair, be ready for a day that’s full of sunshine and arrays of favorite food and drink from around the globe. If you’ve been to Old Town Orange throughout the year but haven’t been to the street fair, you’ll be amazed to see the transformation the Circle takes on while it’s decked with banners, colorful food stands and local craft vendors.

When I went to the Orange International Street Fair, I had a general idea of what to expect, but since it had been a few years since my last visit, I was ready to treat this like it was my first time. I rounded up a group of friends, jumped in an Uber, and set off for some small-scale globe trotting. In one visit, we were able to start our day out with a Vietnamese coffee and a plate of Danish aebleskivers, enjoy a German Franziskaner with Polynesian pulled-pork sliders, and end the day with French wine, Mexican enchiladas and some Greek baklava for dessert. Not only was the food delicious, we also had an incredible time listening to the performers and browsing the craft stands. All of us left with full stomachs and a new favorite piece of jewelry that day!

For more information on next year’s Orange International Street Fair details, visit their website at orangestreetfair.org.

Our recommendations

Skip the parking hassle and take an Uber or a Lyft there. Added bonus: no one has to be a designated driver!
Bring a group. You’ll be able to share plates and get the most out of taste-testing the food.
Check the weather, dress for it, and don’t forget your walking shoes.
While some of the restaurants and stores are closed during the Street Fair, there are still plenty that keep their doors open.
Come hungry; the more you get to enjoy at the Street Fair, the better!

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