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This story was corrected at 5:15 p.m. on April 30, 2014. An explanation follows the story.

Restaurant crawlers can sample food from 30 restaurants at the fourth annual Taste the World in Fenton Village in downtown Silver Spring on Sunday.

The free event will showcase the diversity of family owned restaurants. Attendees can taste French, Greek, Ethiopian, Italian and American cuisine, among others.

The event also will have two entertainment stages where local musicians and artists will perform.

Event organizers said the idea is to mix “music, fun and food.”

The main stage will be at the Fenton Street Village Parking Lot and the second stage at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Sligo Avenue.

According to John Leonard, a volunteer at the event, Fenton Village is a story of the overall economy and the challenges of running small businesses, but also the determination of family-owned businesses to survive in Silver Spring.

Leonard said the event is possible because of more than 30 volunteers who give their time.

“It is all volunteering power. The volunteers get the banners up [and] get the stage ready. ... They are lifting boxes, and setting up tables. ... Everything has to be put up and everything has to be put out,” Leonard said.

The main boundaries for the event are Fenton Street and Wayne Avenue, Georgia Avenue and Sligo Avenue.

Attendees will start out by picking up a free “passport” at the main stage at Parking Lot 3 off Fenton Street, between Thayer and Silver Spring avenues. Or they can start at the entertainment stage at the corner of Georgia and Sligo avenues.

For $2 to $5, attendees can sample appetizers and tasting plates from restaurants in the Fenton Village neighborhood. Passports will be stamped at each spot during the event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m.

Once patrons receive at least three stamps, they are entered to win a series of prizes, including the grand prize: a weekend for two in Silver Spring with hotel, dining and entertainment.

The event is co-hosted by the Silver Spring Citizens Advisory Board and Silver Spring Town Center Inc. Participants can get more information about nonprofits and organization based in Silver Spring.

Leonard said visitors have praised the initiative and reporting finding a “new favorite restaurant.”

“It really highlights those terrific restaurants...,” he said. “We’ve heard repeatedly: ‘How come I didn’t know that Fenton Village was here with all these great restaurants?’”

Among the restaurants participating this year are: Indian-style restaurant Bombay Gaylord, The Greek Place, organic coffee shop Kefa Café, La Madeleine Country French Café, Pacci’s Neopolitan Pizzeria and four Ethiopian restaurants. A full list of participants is posted at

An earlier version of this story had an incorrect day for the event.