CHARLOTTE – Aldersgate set out last spring to exalt the unsung hero of the culinary world at the International Sandwich Festival. The event proved so popular, it’s happening again.
The Second Annual International Sandwich Festival returns 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 at the senior living community, located at 3800 Shamrock Drive.
“Last year’s festival surpassed our expectations,” Aldersgate CEO Suzanne Hodge Pugh said. “It was a fun way to invite the community to explore the east side of town and the melting pot culture Aldersgate is part of. Aldersgate is reimagining the old concept of ‘retirement home.’ We’re creating a place where seniors live – but where people of all ages want to come and play, eat and learn. The intergenerational aspect of this festival represents who we are.”
Admission and parking are free. Food and drinks may be purchased. Guests may bring blankets and lawn chairs.
Sandwiches from around the world are part of a celebration that features food from restaurants, A Piece of Havana and La Machoacana, and popular food trucks including Yummi Banh Mi, Hiya Food Truck, The MayoBird, and Birdsong Brewing Co.
Hardin Minor is the master of ceremonies on the UNC Charlotte’s Mobile Arts & Community Experience stage, where all-day entertainment includes salsa, merengue, soul and dance performances.
Children can enjoy face painting, a bounce house and a make-your-own-sandwich station.
“Our wooded campus is 231 acres,” said Laurie Nortz, Aldersgate’s development director and chair of this year’s festival. “We’re sort of hidden in plain sight. We relish the opportunity to invite people of all ages out to visit.”
Scheduled performances, which continue to be added, include:
- 11 to 11:30 a.m. – Ballet folklorico of Julio Ruiz
- 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. – Brazilian Fusion
- Noon to 12:45 p.m. – Trikster
- 1 to 2 p.m. – Sharey & su grupo Klave
- 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. – Nrityangan Bollywood Dance
- 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. – Voices of Eden Mass Choir
- 3:30 to 3:45 p.m. – Brazilian Fusion
- 4 to 4:45 p.m. – Trikster
- 5 to 6 p.m. – Persona Bell R&B Band