Palm Coast’s International Festival returns on Oct. 1

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Palm Coast will celebrate its cultural heritage – through food, wine, entertainment and cultural exhibits – during the fifth annual Palm Coast International Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Caribbean Crew will be the headliner for the 2016 International Festival in Palm Coast. From left are Al Kennedy Simmonds, Creig Camacho, Larry Easington and Craig Taylor.
The Caribbean Crew will be the headliner for the 2016 International Festival in Palm Coast. From left are Al Kennedy Simmonds, Creig Camacho, Larry Easington and Craig Taylor.

The festival is from noon to 9 p.m. at Central Park in Town Center, along Park Street. Admission is free.

Attendees can try a variety of ethnic cuisines, international wines and imported beers. The day will include music, cultural displays, dancers and other performances.

“Palm Coast has a rich cultural heritage, and the International Festival is an opportunity for us all to come together to learn more about our neighbors’ cultural heritage, traditions and languages,” said Recreation Superintendent Alex Boyer of the Palm Coast Parks & Recreation Department.

Participating organizations
The cultural heritage organizations participating are:
•African American Cultural Society Inc.
•Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization
•Cambodian Fellowship
•Grenadian Association of Palm Coast
•Polonia Society of Korona
•Ukrainian Club of Palm Coast
•United Caribbean Cultural Association

A full day of free entertainment is planned, ending with headliner The Caribbean Crew.

The steel drum band has won six national awards for Top Steel Drum Band and will play reggae, calypso, soca and dancehall music.

Games and face-painting will be provided for free for children, and DJ Vern will host the festival’s entertainment.

Palm Coast’s Central Park is located off of State Road 100 behind Flagler Palm Coast High School – near the movie theater and the new Palm Coast City Hall.

The 2016 International Festival is sponsored by CORA Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, Florida Hospital Flagler, Florida Power & Light, the Palm Coast Observer, Waste Pro and Coca-Cola.

For more information, contact Palm Coast Parks & Recreation at 386-986-2323 or visit www.palmcoastgov.com/international-fest.

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