Champlain Valley Exposition to host Vermont International Festival

ESSEX JUNCTION -- The Champlain Valley Exposition will host the 2007 Vermont International Festival from Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. The exposition will be bustling with a huge international marketplace featuring over 50 vendors. Vendors will be selling reasonably-priced and unique imported hand crafted items. A little bit of everything will be on sale, from clothing and accessories to home decor, gift items, pottery, wall-hangings, holiday decorations, instruments, sculptures, carvings and jewelry. Food will be available as well, featuring foods as diverse as the collection of imported crafts. African, Pakistani, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Bosnian, Eastern and Western European, Columbian, and Middle Eastern fare will be for sale. The event also features multi-cultural music and dance. Hours run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is one time only and good for the entire weekend. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12 and seniors above 65. A family pass is also available for $15. Special programs are available for pre-registered groups. School groups are invited to attend on Friday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Senior Citizen Groups are invited for Friday. 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Vermont International Festival is presented by the Vermont Performing Arts League and is a multi-cultural community event. The International Festival first came to Vermont in 1986, hosted by Burlington and known as Interfolk-86. The original festival featured eight days of parades, concerts, dance, music, workshops and international foods and crafts featuring groups from all over the world. Members of the Vermont Performing Arts League traveled the world to bring Vermont a sampling of cultures from countries like India, Poland, Scotland, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Canada and the United States. Because of the magnitude of the original event, an annual celebration looked far-fetched, so the idea for the Vermont International Craft Fair and Cultural Expo, was designed. Essential to the Festival is its focus on school participation, and funding generated by all schools involved allowed for the festival to occur on an annual basis. Four important components create the backbone for the festival: Performing arts: Traditional International folk music, songs, dance, and stories, Crafts from all over the world: Made by local international communities or imported, Food: International cuisine and gourmet food, and Community Awareness: Local cultural & ethnic organizations provide information on their programs. For more information call 802-863-6713 or vpal.folkids@verizon.net

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