Tastes of 28 Countries

    A multicultural festival will celebrate diversity and the Sag Harbor community tomorrow night with an abundance of free homemade food, music, drumming, dance, and games.

    Building upon the success of last year’s event, Pierson High School will be filled with tastes of 28 countries from 5:30 to 9 p.m., with new contributions expected from El Salvador, Hungary, the Netherlands, and Sweden, according to Cheryl Bedini, an organizer.

    The dishes primarily represent countries where parents or grandparents come from, she explained. Ms. Bedini will celebrate her husband, Andres’s, heritage with Peruvian and Argentinean offerings including chicken in chili cheese sauce, spinach and meat empanadas, papas al Huancaino, and a corn drink called chich morado. Bagpipes will kick off the 10 performances, among them Irish step dancers, Shinnecock Nation youth dancers, Japanese drummers, children singing in French and Italian, and a Russian student who will play the piano.

    The event is a giveback to district taxpayers, said Ms. Bedini, from the Sag Harbor Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. An optional $5-per-family donation will benefit the Sag Harbor Food Pantry and the John Jermain Memorial Library.