PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thirty different countries were represented at Portland's 9th Annual Festival of Nations, the most number of countries ever present for the fair.
The Festival of Nations focuses on how the human race's differences are more similar than one may think. Through food, crafts, and music, people who attended the festival could explore various cultures all without having to pack a suitcase.
"And that's also probably the best way to become aware of these different cultures, is to see how they perform, eat the food, see the different crafts that they create," Michael Odokara-Okigbo, festival director, said. "It's just a really inclusive festival that hopefully will inspire people to travel and just experience the varieties that are in this city."
Festival coordinators also hope that this day proves that Portland is one of the most diverse cities in the country.