Dollywood is starting its 2019 season with its Festival of Nations celebration on Saturday with new headline shows, the return of Passport to Foods and special cooking demonstrations. But season passholders can get a sneak peek on Friday, March 15, a news release from Dollywood said.

 
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The event will run through April 14, and include opportunities to see "world-renowned Chef Pepin whip up his favorite dishes."

"Guests can experience the spirit of the Smokies at Dollywood while also taking a trip around the globe thanks to authentic glimpses into a number of fascinating cultures," the release said. "It’s a vibrant and exciting way to celebrate spring break!"

New headline shows include the Lizt Alfonso Dance Cuba, a "fusion dance and music company that mixes Hispanic and Caribbean cultures into each performance."

The company is considered to have some of the best performers from Cuba, according to the release, and has been together for more than 25 years, entertaining people across five continents.

Drumstruck is the first interactive drum-theatre experience, the release said, and will leave "families laughing and creating memories to remember for years to come." Audience members will find drums at each seat in the venue to use and become part of the show alongside the performance on stage.

"This high-energy production weaves South African music and culture with West African rhythms," per the release.

Passport to Food will have an expanded international menu and let guests "enjoy savory and sweet delights from a number of countries" ranging from Trinidad to Canada.

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