November 21, 2014

Medina
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International Fest draws 15,000 to Medina’s Public Square

Cindy Farmer, of Lodi, works at her Earth Song Discovery Farm organic food tent at Saturday’s International Fest. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

Cindy Farmer, of Lodi, works at her Earth Song Discovery Farm organic food tent at Saturday’s International Fest. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The International Fest held on to the title of Medina’s biggest single-day event of the year. The Saturday festival, which ran 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and celebrated international culture with music, food and activities, drew about 15,000 visitors to the square, organizers said.

“I think attendance was down a little bit from last year, but it was a major successful event,” said Matt Wiederhold, executive director of Main Street Medina.

“We had a steady stream of people coming all day.”

Wiederhold said he couldn’t have asked for better weather to host the festival.

The band Uzizi performs. From left, Mattie Rogers, Dee Walters, Jordan Davis and Craig Matis. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

The band Uzizi performs. From left, Mattie Rogers, Dee Walters, Jordan Davis and Craig Matis. (ALEC SMITH / GAZETTE)

“It was a beautiful day,” he said, “and people took the time to enjoy the new food vendors we had this year.”

New vendors included Wholly Frijoles, featuring Mexican tacos, burritos, nachos and flan; the Fire Truck Pizza Co., which served wood-fired pizza made on-site in a repurposed fire truck; and Sushi on the Roll, which operated from a mobile sushi bar.

Wiederhold said all the participants were pleased with the event.

“All the food vendors told me they had quite a turnout,” he said.

Other attractions included live music in international styles — reggae, Celtic, polka and steel drums — and vendors offering handmade crafts, fine art, clothing, jewelry and goods from India, Africa, Japan and many other places.

Additionally, a kids’ area provided inflatable play areas, health-based activities and martial arts demonstrations.

“We tried to present something for everyone,” Wiederhold said, “and it was a definitely a success.”

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com. Follow him on Twitter @ngfalcon.