Forget the robbins, roving lawn companies or rising hemlines. In Boise, the true sign that the season is changing is the return of annual cultural food festivals.
It all starts with the Russian Food Festival. The outdoor bash takes place over two days, Friday, May 17-Saturday, May 18, during which hot, home-cooked dishes draw hundreds of Boiseans to revel in cultural eats. Visitors are invited to nosh a variety of Russian grub and drink import beers at St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church. Under the shade of outdoor tents, sample barbecued shish kebabs paired with spicy carrot salad, topped off with a slice of Napoleon cake for dessert.
Other food items include beef stroganoff, borscht, piroshki (dumplings filled with meat or dried fruit), chebureki (fried pockets stuffed with spiced meats) or Russian-style crepes filled with beef and mushrooms.
Still hungry? Head further into Europe for the sixth annual Mock'Toberfest Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18.
Rather than wait for the real Oktoberfest, the folks at Tres Bonne Cuisine swing open their doors for a springtime rendition of the popular festival. Menu items include wine, beer and food from Italy, Portugal, Poland, Croatia and many other European nations. Sample sausage and potato pancakes from Poland, bread from Germany and France and other eats with live music by Boise band FlipSide.
With all that multicultural fare, your stomach may soon resemble a miniature version of the United Nations.