Maple City Multicultural Festival

Invite your family, friends and neighbors and celebrate our cultural diversity at the third annual Maple City Multicultural Festival. The event will be held Saturday August 25, 2018, from noon to 6 p.m. at Rogers Park, 102 Chicago Ave.

The festival will have food, music and games that represent the diverse culture of our neighbors. This year the organizing committee, in conjunction with the Mayor’s Arts Council, will introduce visual arts to the mix: Six local artists will set up booths from which the public may purchase their work.

“Our diverse backgrounds have an influence in our perspective, which is oftentimes reflected in art,” MCMF organizer and Mayor’s arts Council member Joni Earl said. “We hope this event becomes another great opportunity for our local artists to share their work with the community.”

The event will again feature food vendors representing various cultures, including dishes from Ukraine, Guatemala and India. Bands and performers, including Lalo Cura and Los Ortega, will bring live entertainment throughout the day.

Kids will receive a “passport” upon entry and will be encouraged to explore and learn about the various cultures represented at the event by visiting all the booths. There will be prizes for the first 50 children who get their passport fully stamped!

Goshen Schools will also hold a Basketball Clinic for children aged Pre-K through 5th grade from noon to 2 p.m.

“From my perspective, as a community organizer, working for the MCMF is the highlight of the year,” said José Elizalde, Community Engagement Specialist at lacasa.

The MCMF is sponsored by lacasa, Inc., the City of Goshen, the Goshen Chamber of Commerce, Heart City Health, MHS, Goshen Family Physicians, Merino Law Firm, the Electric Brew, La Boutique, WLEG-LP Radio Horizonte, Ten Thousand Villages, West Goshen Neighborhood Association, Panadería Gutierrez, Middlebury Electric, Inc., El Puente, WGCS The Globe and Goshen Community Schools.

About the Maple City Multicultural Festival:

In 2016 a volunteer group sponsored by lacasa, Inc. was inspired to create an event that would allow the many rich cultures of Goshen to come together and share their customs and heritages. This city-wide festival will provide folks with the opportunity to share food, music, games, art, and traditions of their cultures.