WHATS NEW IN 2019?

 

This year’s iFEST will feature several new activities including a robust lineup of food vendors cooking up some of the most delicious and unique ethnic foods in the area. We will debuting the “Taste of Elgin Ethnic Food Festival.” Make sure to plan a trip to Elgin to experience and taste the wonderful ethnic foods from around the world including Philippines, Mexico, Italy, Japanese, Latin America, Laos, Thailand, Puerto Rico, United States, much much more! It’s going to be a YUMMY experience for sure!

 

Come for the food…. Stay for the Entertainment

 

The event will be hosted by The Centre of Elgin and nearby locations. We are bringing back Country Exhibitors and an ethnic Craft Fair inside the Centre’s Heritage Ballroom. Learn about all the different countries from around the world. With the Craft Fair, you will have an opportunity to buy ethnic goods and crafts.

Entertainment will be held in the green space just west of the Centre. We have an exciting lineup of local performers that will showcase their unique ethnic dance, music and entertainment. Acts include and not limitied to an Irish Band, Lao Traditional Dance and Music, Mexican Dancer, African American Soul Music, Elgin’s very own Elvis Presley and a Bollywood Dance performance. We will be adding a few more performers leading up tot showtime so stay tuned for the updates. And yes, dancing and singing with the performers are welcomed!

 

Are you not Entertained? More fun activities!

 

After trying some delicious ethnic treats and enjoying some great performances, don’t forge to have some FUN! We will have plenty of fun activities and games from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Please bring the family and enjoy the variety of activities ranging from Henna tatoos, Face Painting, Postcards from Around the World photo booth, Flower Garden featuring Animals from Around the World art exhibit, coloring and painting activities, various ethnic crafts, interactive photo and video booths, balloons, caricatures and more….

 

This event is open to everyone! Please come one, come all and discover the great wonders of our diverse community.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

If you have been to past iFEST celebrations, you know how special and talented the performers are. Each and everyone of the performers delivers an amazing tribute to their cultural and ethnic roots. For 2019, we will continue to showcase a lineup of performers that will entertain us and also educate us about different cultures of the world.

 

Our lineup will continue to grow as we reach out to more amazing local talents in the region. Here is a preview of the acts that are committed to this year’s show:

 

Irish Folk Band

Lao Traditional Dance and Music

African American Soul Music

Elgin`s Own Elvis Tribute Artist……Ronnie B Elvis

Bollywood Dancers

 

Please stay tuned as we update the lineup and acts.

EXHIBITORS

Come experience the wonders of the world at our iFEST Country Vendors and World Market Fair Vendors fair. We will have vendors representing countries from all over the world. You will learn some exciting facts and get to experience different cultures from around the world. You can also purchase goods, clothes, books, food and many other items in our World Market Fair. Stop in and experience a diversity of cultures at iFEST 2019.

BE A COUNTRY VENDOR or WORLD MARKET VENDOR

Click Here to Download Forms to Become a Vendor

If you’re interested in becoming a Country Vendor or a World Market Fair Vendor, please contact us today.  There are no fees to participate. We require a registration application to reserve your spot. Due to limited space, businesses, organizations and residents of Elgin will be given priority.

Please fill in the contact form below and one of our committee members will contact you and help reserve your spot.

 

FOOD VENDORS

Come one. Come all. Come sample the amazing foods of the world at this year’s iFEST “Taste of Elgin Ethnic Food Fair.”

From amazing shwarmas, authentic bratwurst, Filipino ponsit noodles, authentic Mexican street tacos, to delicious Lao egg rolls, and beautiful sushi rolls, this is an event for all families and individuals who LOVE TO EAT. We will have over 15+ food vendors representing different ethnic groups and countries from around the world. Come eat and enjoy the foods of the world.

Please check here for updates on new vendors and food items.

BE A FOOD VENDOR TODAY and SHARE YOUR ETHNIC DISH

Click Here to Download Forms to Become a Food Vendor

*If you are interested in becoming a food vendor, please contact us below. There is NO FEE to be a food vendor. Space is limited. Businesses and individuals residing in Elgin will be given priority. Please reserve your booth today!

 

KIDS ACTIVITIES

Are you looking for some fun activities and games for the family?

 

We will have plenty of fun activities and games from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Please bring the family and enjoy the variety of activities ranging from Henna tatoos, Face Painting, Postcards from Around the World photo booth, Flower Garden featuring Animals from Around the World art exhibit, coloring and painting activities, various ethnic crafts, interactive photo and video booths, balloons, caricatures and more….

SPONSORSHIP

Are you a “Diversity Champion?”

Do you believe in promoting and supporting diversity initiatives?

Are you looking to support an event that will unite our community?

If you answered “YES” to all three questions, we encourage you to sponsor this year’s iFEST!

 

We have over 50+ community leaders and organizations working together to make this iFEST inclusive of all ethnic groups in our community. It will be a celebration that will highlight the City of Elgin’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Diversity makes Elgin a welcoming community to all. We encourage businesses and organizations to support this event so we can deliver a great message of diversity and experience that will truly reflect a united community.

 

Click Here to Download the 2019 Sponsorship Package

 

Our committee will work with your marketing needs and help optimize a plan that will highlight your brand as a “Diversity Champion” for the community to know and love. Please fill in the contact form below and one of our committee members will contact you.