Were you at International SummerFest 2019? If not, it was a blast! Our team had a great time talking with community members, watching amazing shows, playing exciting games, and tasting some delicious offerings from local vendors. All in all, it was a wonderful way to get acquainted with some of the cultures that make up Battle Creek’s community.
Our team has put together some of our favorite parts of International SummerFest. Keep reading to learn all about this awesome event.
a fresh approach
Although this was the 41st year of International SummerFest, it was the first time that the festival was held at Kellogg Community College. The change in scenery helped to keep even long-time visitors engaged and excited.
No matter where guests stood, the smell of the delicious festival food and the sound of outstanding performances tantalized their senses. It’s no wonder why, because the vendors, performers, and participants created a magical event.
delicious, worldly dishes
The vendors at International SummerFest came prepared to serve their best foods from around the world.
Visitors got to try dishes from vendors like Shwe Mandalay, Umami Ramen, Simply Sensational Sweets, The Japan Club, and more. Each of these showcased the abilities of their staffs, but also the tastes of cultures that make up Battle Creek’s community. In fact, many dishes were so popular that several vendors sold out!
fun from around the world
Many of the cultural organizations around Battle Creek hosted games for the festivalgoers to enjoy.
Attendees could play a number of different games, including trivia with BCPride, balloon pop with VOCES, coloring with CIR, hop-scotch with Elite Dance, and fans from Delta Theta Sigma Sorority Inc. Battle Creek Alumnae Chapter.
Visitors could play to win prizes from many of these events. Plus, members from the Burma Center translated fairgoers’ names into Burmese throughout the festival. All in all, there was fun to be had throughout the event.
The entertainment at this year’s International SummerFest focused on traditional dances, songs, and more from around the world. Guests got to enjoy acts like Okinawa Taiko Drummers, Mariachi songs, Elconcilio children dancers, and more.
Several local organizations organized their own performances, too. The Burma Center performed the Bamboo Dance and New Harvest Africa Church also showcased a dance.
The Japan Club, which was the founding organization of International SummerFest, invited festivalgoers to learn the Bon Dance along with them. People that represented cultures from around the world were all brought together in this moment. It was a sight to behold.
We’re honored to be a part of a community that loves learning about and uplifting each other. This year’s festival was an amazing experience for the 2,000 visitors, vendors, performers, and volunteers who were involved. We can’t wait for next year!
For those that dropped off your coupons to be entered to win all of our amazing prizes, make sure to like and check our Facebook page on Friday, August 23 to find out if you are a winner!
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