That’s the challenge for anyone diving into the Bountiful/Davis Summerfest International, which kicks off with a performance from the Wulan Muqui (from Inner Mongolia, China) on Aug. 3 in Ogden before moving down to Bountiful on Aug. 4 for the Street Dance, Taste of the Town South, and days of music, dance, food and art that wraps up Aug. 7 at the Bountiful City Park (see bdac.org for complete information). For anyone interested in taking the plunge, here are some tips to help you not miss out on any of the fun.
Starting at 7 p.m. on Bountiful’s Main Street (they block it off for the event), the Street Dance is the chance for the international dancers and musicians to have some fun in a less formal, open air environment. The groups will usually start with some planned dances, then invite members of the audience up to join in on simpler dances from their country.
To get the most out of the experience, joining in on one of those dances is a must. There’s no need to worry about feeling stupid, as the dancers are all extremely kind and there’s probably someone as uncoordinated as you are just a few people away.
Still, you need to decide quickly and be assertive about coming forward, or your potential spot in the dance will be taken by a more eager volunteer. If that does happen, though, don’t worry – there will be another dance up soon that you can try for.
Taste of the Town
Held in conjunction with the Street Dance, Taste of the Town South features food from local restaurants (including Sego Lily, Cal’s Deli, and Plates and Palates) that can be bought for one - four tickets each. Tickets are either $1 each or 10 for $8.
The key here is to look around at everything first before you buy and plan a little menu for yourself out in advance. It’s also perfectly acceptable to ask other visitors where they bought the absolutely delicious looking whatever-it-is you see them eating.
The dance groups, which this year come from everywhere from France and Spain to Nepal and Ghana, do half hour-long rotating performances at Bountiful City Park Aug. 6-7. An insert in the Aug. 5 edition of the Clipper will have the complete schedule (which will also be available at the park during the dances), making it easier to plan your visit around the groups you want to see most.
Food and Art Booths
There will be dozens of food, art and craft booths at Bountiful City Park on Aug. 6-7, and the first piece of advice for all of them is to bring cash. The second is the same as Taste of the Town – make sure you look at everything before you buy so you can save that cash for the stuff you’re really, truly dying to have. If something wonderful does catch you short, however, talk to the person manning the booth – you can often make separate arrangements to buy something later.
On the food booths, take a little of the uncertainty out of choosing by asking if they give free samples (the booths with big dishes of food are usually more willing). There are usually three or four places offering similar-yet-different combo plates of fried meat and rice/noodles, so check the prices on each before picking one.