June 27, 2016


One-day International Fest comes to Medina’s Public Square in August

More than 60 flags of nations from around the world will line Public Square on Aug. 23 for the sixth annual Medina International Fest — the city’s largest one-day event.

On Monday, Main Street Medina announced details of the free festival, which will run 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

• An International Emporium will fill the square with more than 90 vendors selling handmade crafts, fine art, fair trade goods, clothing and jewelry while the Medina County Farmers Market will offer local fruits and vegetables.

• Bistros on Broadway will surround Public Square with restaurants and food trucks, featuring everything from gyros to cannoli, pierogies, handmade ice cream, spinach pie and some gastronomic surprises. Confirmed vendors include Armita’s Empanadas, Bruno’s Ristorante, Connection Church, Mad Mouth Gyro, Sushi on the Roll Mobile Sushi Bar, Old World Foods, Rito’s Bakery, Schloneger’s Ice Cream, The Nosh Box, Wholly Frijoles, and Zydeco Bistro.

• The Family & Kids Activity Center will feature inflatable obstacle courses, interactive games and physical fitness challenges, and dance and martial arts demonstrations.

• As always, music will be an important feature of the festival, including Irish and Celtic tunes from Wyndfall Records; reggae by Umojah Nation; an interactive, three-hour Zumbathon with Mediterranean Fitness, steel drum music with 7 Mile Isle; the Kids Parade of Nations by Frontier Communications; and lively jazz tunes by Jimmy K & Ethnic Jazz.

The festival will close with Cleveland-based alternative world beat and rock band Uzizi. A full schedule of events, times, locations and participants will be posted on www.mainstreetmedina.com.

The festival is sponsored by Armstrong Cable, Bath Planet of Northwest Ohio, FirstMerit Bank, Frontier Communications, Medina Hospital, Medina Rotary Club, Medina Sunrise Rotary, Renewal by Andersen, The Gazette, Trails of Montville by Redwood, World Truck Inc. and the city of Medina.

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