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Elk Grove’s 4th annual Multicultural Festival

Press Release

Press Release - Elk Grove’s Cultural Diversity Awareness Week Culminates in 4th annual Multicultural Festival

Posted: 08/13/2015

Many Cultures, One Community
Elk Grove, Calif. —
Recognized earlier this year as the seventh most “Racially and Ethnically Diverse” city in the country by WalletHub, the City of Elk Grove is celebrating its “Many Cultures, One Community” with a global celebration featuring the sights, sounds and tastes of various cultures at the fourth annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival on Saturday, August 22 from 10 am to 5 pm at Elk Grove Regional Park (9950 Elk Grove-Florin Rd.).

The Elk Grove City Council has designated August 17-23 as Cultural Diversity Awareness Week in Elk Grove.  The week encourages community members to learn more about Elk Grove’s ethnic and cultural diversity.  The City will welcome thousands of participants to a day-long festival on August 22 featuring a blend of world music, art, fashion, food and activities for kids.  The Festival is Elk Grove’s signature community-wide celebration of diversity and is hosted by the City of Elk Grove’s Multicultural Committee.  In 2014, the Festival attracted an estimated 10,000 guests.

The FREE Festival will feature more than 20 performances from Mexican, Hmong, Brazilian, Azteca, Indian, Marshallese, Greek, Chinese, West African & Afro-Caribbean, Chinese, Filipino and Punjabi acts.  Musical performances will include Kumandee, Innersoul and Latin Touch.  View Entertainment Schedule

More than 60 entries will be on display in the Festival’s art show pavilion representing a wide variety of art mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media.  Guests can contribute to the festival awards program by voting for their favorite in the “People’s Choice” category and help create a community painting developed throughout the day.

The Festival will also offer interactive activities including a petting zoo, free art activities, and origami folding that promote diversity to young people.  A photo booth and pledge forms will allow participants to sign the Elk Grove Diversity Pledge and commemorate their day at the Festival.

Twelve vendors will offer ethnic cuisines and the Festival will debut a new “Taste of Diversity Cooking Contest” featuring a friendly competition among home cooks with dishes containing the key ingredient of rice.  Award winning Chef Ray Duey will create and display cultural carvings from melons and other produce in the new Hill Physicians Culinary Corner.

More than 80 cultural, religious, and service organizations will have booths at the festival to promote local programs, products and services.  And a new area featuring nearly a dozen law enforcement organizations will promote career opportunities, both safety and non-sworn positions, in law enforcement in an effort to ensure that law enforcement personnel reflect the diversity of communities throughout the valley region.

Participants are encouraged to connect with other Multicultural Festival participants at the event using social media, and are encouraged to share status updates and pictures throughout the day using the hashtag #EGMCF.

The 2015 Multicultural Festival is sponsored by Hill Physicians, Dignity Health, Cosumnes Community Services District, SMUD, Sutter Health, Crossings TV, Access Sacramento, Wells Fargo, Ardent Magazine, Bell Bros., Sacramento News & Review, SAFE Credit Union, KHITS, Univision 19, Satellite Daddy, Rhino Chiropractic, The Sacramento Bee, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, East Lawn, Metro PCS, Pappas Investments, Sacramento Credit Union, Realty Roundup, and the Elk Grove Citizen.

Festival admission and parking is FREE.  For more information about the 4th annual Elk Grove Multicultural Festival, visit elkgrovecity.org/mcf.

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