Popular Embassy Chef Challenge Expands Into International City Food Fest Weekend

Ukraine-based artist Olga Shtonda created the new festival’s key illustrations, graphics and artwork

A new celebration of food, culture, and entertainment highlighting the diverse communities in the nation’s capital is coming to DC in a few weeks. The 2022 Events DC International City Food Festival will be three delicious days of events in partnership with the city’s diplomatic corps.

Originally inspired by the Embassy Chef Challenge, which is now the festival’s flagship event, the larger weekend will be chock full of celebrations that can be enjoyed by global foodies of all ages.

Taking place on the heels of the United Nations General Assembly meetings and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund annual meetings, International City offers a timely launch point to travel the globe to understand and honor other cultures, all in the heart of DC.

First, the Chefs Challenge is back. This longstanding, friendly competition between embassy chefs from around the world showcases the unique flavors of forty countries and will be held at a new home of its own — the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard — on Friday, October 13th.

Additional programming for the highly anticipated festival includes Taste of Oktoberfest, on Friday, October 14th, at Franklin Park, bringing a truly authentic taste of the legendary German festivities to DC, and Día de los Muertos Food & Film in the Park on Saturday, October 15th, which not only celebrates the traditions of the rich culture of Mexico, but concludes with an interactive showing of the popular family-friendly film, CoCo.

International City Food Festival proudly supports World Central Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate, and community crises around the globe.