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Vendors, Performers Wanted for Florida Tech International Fest

Free, Public Event from Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16             

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Vendors and performers representing the diverse global community at Florida Tech and beyond are encouraged to apply to participate in the university’s 14th Annual International Festival happening Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

Held from noon to 4 p.m. on Panther Plaza on the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, the festival offers food and drink, unique merchandise, live entertainment and information-filled display booths representing nations and cultures from around the world.

Organizers are looking for:

  • Cultural performers
  • Cultural displays
  • Cultural food vendors
  • Cultural retail goods vendors

Special consideration will be given to vendors selling cultural/folkloric wares and to not-for-profit service organizations. Only handmade and homemade crafts may be offered for sale at the event.

The application deadline for cultural entertainers, displays/booths, and food and retail vendors is Jan. 10, 2020.

Also needed are high school students willing to volunteer for up to 10 hours of community service.

Participants in the previous festival included the Shik Shak Belly Dance Club, Florida Tech student associations from Africa, the Caribbean, Oman, India, Latin America and Saudi Arabia, and cultural performers from the community, such as accordion player Klaus Kolb, St. Katharine’s Grecian Odyssey Dancers, Melbourne Capoeira and Panama Suenos y Tradiciones.

Many of those student associations, and other Florida Tech and community groups, presented cultural displays, as well, including those representing Brazil, Iraq, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Korea, Taiwan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Qatar, the United States and China.

Vendors provided food from Africa, the Caribbean, Mexico, India, France, Colombia, Thailand and the Mediterranean.

Sponsors of the 14th Annual International Festival are the Florida Tech Office of International Student & Scholar Services, Florida Tech Office of Business and Retail Operations, and WFIT 89.5 FM.

Participation forms and more information are available here.

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