The 31st annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival was held in Dawes Park from July 16-17. The free celebration included live music, authentic food and cultural art. Photo by Marc Chappelle.
Sarah Ryan views jewelry during the 31st annual Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival. Photo by Marc Chappelle.
Mango with chili powder is one of many delicacies cherubs enjoyed while visiting the Ethnic Arts Festival. Photo by Michael Katz.
Just a 15-minute walk from East Fairchild, the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market hosts as many as 58 local vendors. Photo by Conor Gaffney.
Cherubs can purchase fresh produce at the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market. Photo by Conor Gaffney.
Danika Lyle enjoys a Nutella crepe at the Downtown Evanston Farmers' Market. Photo by Conor Gaffney.
Local farmers offer a myriad of fruit, including fresh plums, during the weekly Farmers' Market. Photo by Conor Gaffney.
In its 37th year, the Fountain Square Art Festival celebrated the works of over 150 artists who specialize in painting to mixed media. Photo by Natachi Onwuamaegbu.
Collages are one of many artistic pieces displayed during the Fountain Square Arts Festival. Photo by Natachi Onwuamaegbu.
Erin Edwards spent an afternoon at the Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival in Dawes Park. Photo by Marc Chappelle.[/caption]
Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival
With its flag-studded landscape and culturally diverse cuisine, the Ethnic Arts Festival offered cherubs a glimpse into Evanston’s diversity.
The free event held in Dawes Park celebrated its 31st anniversary this year with family arts and crafts, authentic food and live music. Artists from a variety of backgrounds, including Africa, Bali and Cambodia, displayed their works.
Although the festival was not a part of their schedule, many cherubs visited the celebration to learn more about the community.
“I got to see what Evanston was all about because often times we only get to see what cherubs is all about,” Matt Tomaselli said. “It was cool to see there is a community outside of the university that supports all ethnicities and loves food.”
Street vendors offered plates from beef-filled gyros to Croatian grilled hot dogs. A large tent overshadowed rows of long, family style tables, creating a well-shaded venue to indulge in dishes like hot tamales or desserts like Italian ice.
For cherub Michael Katz, the lakeside fest provided a strong alternative to campus dining.
“It’s one of my favorite memories of being here,” Katz said. “The food was fantastic — definitely better than Hinman.”