Jackson International Food And Art Festival Celebrates 5 Years

August 9, 2018

The Jackson International Food and Art Festival was born from a series of community meetings organized by Mayor Jerry Gist in 2013.  Two community representatives in particular, Dr. Sandra Dee and Eduardo Morales, thought the it would be beneficial for Jackson’s foreign-born citizens to share their history, art and culture with their fellow Jacksonians.  Dr. Dee and Mr. Morales agreed to co-chair the event and began recruiting like-minded community members to help organize, fund and host an international party in downtown Jackson!

Please join us from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday, September 29, 2018, for the fifth annual Jackson International Food and Art Festival located on the Court Square in Downtown Jackson.  The free event will include:

  • Parade of Cultures
  • Food Booths (small fees for samples)
  • Performances (Music, Demonstration, Dancing and, Storytelling)
  • Booths (Merchandise or Business, Artists and Craftsman, Cultural Activities and Demonstrations)

The festival’s mission is to spread cultural awareness, promote cross-cultural engagement and celebrate the diverse backgrounds of residents throughout West Tennessee.  The Jackson International Food and Art Festival serves as a place for all cultures to share their cuisine, art and traditional performances.  The festival aims to remind the community that despite differences in appearance, worship or where we come from—there is far more that unites us than divides us.

Numerous cultural groups have committed to participate in the festival including Japan, India, Mexico, and The Philippines.

To learn more about registration and sponsorship opportunities, or to be a part of the festival visit www.JIFAF.com, Facebook, Instagram or call 731.425.8316. The Jackson International Food and Art Festival will host a press conference 9:00 am, Thursday, September 6, 2018, City Hall, 100 East Main Street, Downtown Jackson, TN.