The second annual International Festival, or iFest, in Elgin, IL, will be held Saturday, August 31, from noon to 11 p.m. at Festival Park, 132 South Grove Ave. iFest is designed to celebrate Elgin’s cultural diversity and rich history through music, dance, art, education and food. Elgin, located roughly 40 miles northwest of Chicago on the Fox River, has a population of around 110,000 people. The event brings together dozens of the world’s cultures, which showcase the diversity throughout the Greater Fox Valley of Northern Illinois.
Several vendors are being sought including food, business, arts & crafts, and exhibitors with a cultural emphasis. Booth costs start at $175 for exhibitors of non-food items and $300 for food vendors. Each fee includes a 10-foot by 10-foot covered space, an 8-foot table and two chairs. Interested food and exhibit vendors can obtain an application on the event’s website.
Pre-event festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a parade, followed by opening ceremonies and the festival. Festival goers can enjoy the “One World, One Sky” kite demonstration and art competition, learn about various countries and cultures in the KidZone, sample cuisine from around the world, check out exhibitor/business booths and more. There will be live music throughout the day that will culminate with performances by Thunder Road and Brass from the Past at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.