Summer festivals introduce students to Evanston

Erin Edwards spending her weekend at the ART in Centennial Park. Photo by Marc Chappelle. 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.”