It’s almost time for Battle Creek’s International SummerFest! Every year, our city gears up to celebrate all of the cultures that make up our community. This event is filled with food, fun, and experiences from around the world.
SummerFest is celebrating its 41st year in 2019, so we’re taking a look at SummerFest’s history and what you can expect this year.
The history of summerfest
International SummerFest began in 1978 and is one of Battle Creek’s oldest festivals. The Japan Club was the founding organization of SummerFest and saw the festival as a way to bring together the Battle Creek community with its various backgrounds. Even 41 years later, the Japan Club is still one of the festival’s vendors. They bring both traditional food and a performance for all to see.
The festival offers international foods, as well as on-stage cultural performances. Games, activities, and giveaways are also available for the whole family.
Battle Creek is made up of many cultures, including people from Burma and many Latino backgrounds. That’s why this celebration celebrates all of Battle Creek’s diverse cultures and gives all festival goers the chance to sample and learn about all of them! Last year, more than 30 Battle Creek-area organizations were present.
why we love summerfest
International SummerFest is a cultural and ethnic exchange that enriches the Battle Creek community. The summer festival helps Battle Creek and the surrounding cities learn about the different cultures that make up the rich tapestry that is our city.
This year, International SummerFest has partnered with BCVision because our missions and visions are closely aligned. BCVision is a community focused movement that is committed to transforming Battle Creek into a city where we all want to live, work, and play – and International SummerFest does just that!
why vendors love summerfest
SummerFest is a great way for Battle Creek to learn about and taste the flavors of other cultures. That’s why vendors love the opportunity to share their culture with the rest of the city. We asked 2017 and 2018 vendor, Eli’s Doces, why they love to be a part of the festival.
Owner Elisangela Diaz says, “I chose to be a SummerFest Vendor because this is a way to help rebuild our community by providing a multicultural approach to festivals. It also helps small businesses be known and to get involved in community events.”
Eli’s Doces has been a part of the Battle Creek community since 2016, and Elisangela shares that her favorite part of Battle Creek is that it is a “small community where everyone can feel like they are at home.”
come join us!
SummerFest is free and open to the public. It’s also easily accessible on the north end of town, right on the campus of Kellogg Community College. This year’s family-friendly event will be held Saturday, August 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us to sample international foods, enjoy multicultural performances, and participate in other fun activities for everyone in the family.
There is still time to join International SummerFest as a vendor or volunteer! If you would like to get involved with the 2019 festival, you can find more information here or you can contact one of our team members.Tags: battle creek michigan, International SummerFest, kellogg community college, summerfest