May 3-4: International City Food Festival Comes to The Square DC

The Square

The Square

International City Food Festival (ICFF) is the newest cultural programming event during Passport DC, a month-long journey around the world highlighting DC's thriving international diplomatic community and its lively and varied culture. 

International City Food Festival is a two-day event at The Square DC on Friday, May 3 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The weekend will be filled with celebrations built on the idea that food brings us together. Featuring international performances, food and retail market presented by vendors from around the world, ICFF offers an opportunity to journey across the globe and celebrate diverse cultures within the heart of Washington, DC. 

“Passport DC offers something for everyone and the International City Food Festival is a great way to celebrate the diverse communities that call Washington, DC home,” said Events DC President and CEO Angie M. Gates. “This two-day event will offer an immersive global foodie experience only possible in Washington, DC. I encourage everyone to join us for a unique celebration built on the idea that food brings us together.” 

Join us on Friday and Saturday for an immersive, nostalgia-inspired food experience: The Snack Arcade. Featuring our very own guide Snack, The Planet, this family-friendly, 90’s era tinted activation will feature a number of vintage, lo-fi games, as well as a wide ranging selection of snacks from all seven continents (think TimTams from Australia, Prawn Cocktail Walkers from UK, etc.) allowing everyone to feel like they are on a mini bites and game tour of the world.

On Saturday, the International City Food Festival Retail Village will come alive at The Square DC, giving visitors a chance to shop at various vendors and also enjoy food from the restaurants at The Square and numerous food trucks on-site. 

Restaurants at The Square include: Nativo Coffee Shop, The Atrium Bar, Brasa, Casa Teresa, Flora Pizzeria, Jamón Jamón, Junge’s, Kiyomi Sushi Bar, Taqueria Xochi and Yaocho. 

Retail Village Vendors: Ash Whats Poppin?, Pecandy, Buttercups Bakeshop, Olivia Tokunbo Wellness, District Picked, Marcella Kriebel Art + Illustration, BicycleTrash LLC, A&J photography, Pinwheel Clay, Taylor McManus Illustration, Donna Faye’s Bakery, Happy Little Paper Co, AYDRY & Co., Tucker & Twig, Everyday People Coffee & Tea, Bebek Jewels, Bold and Beautiful Coffee Bar, Tae-Gu Kimchi, 5754 Spices, JoAnn Hill, Samhara Ceramics, Lil' Fishy, Because Science, The Leafy Branch, Elevation Lifestyle, Krafted By Kei | Handmade Threads + Goods, Sun Tea 7, The Burning Wic, Goods Made By Digitrillnana and Marie’s Halo Creations. 

Cultural Performances from multiple embassies will be showcased across the two-day festival, including a performance Saturday night from the Embassy of the Republic of China

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Media ready architectural photos of The Square (1850 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006) are available here (credit: Scott Suchman).


About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for Washington, DC, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the LEED Gold-certified Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, The Fields at RFK, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media – Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (Events DC), and Twitter (@TheEventsDC) — and on our hub for on-demand event programming on GATHER by Events DC at  

About The Square 

The Square represents the next generation of food halls and features an evolutionary business model––focused on increased efficiencies, a shared revenue model between The Square and its chef partners, and economies of scale. The 25,000-square-foot space is located within International Square (1850 K Street NW), a 1.1 million square-foot complex occupying nearly a full city block in downtown Washington, D.C. The Square creators, longtime friends and collaborators Rubén García and Richie Brandenburg, partnered with some of the best in the city’s food scene to bring a wide variety of cuisines into the market, such as tacos, fried chicken, pizza and sushi. The backbone of The Square is a state-of-the-art, subterranean commissary kitchen featuring a communal bakery, butchery, prep kitchens, central ordering system, and liquor purchasing power.