Wendell NC: International Food and Music Festival is Sept. 16

People lined up for food at the 2016 IFMF in Wendell. Photo: Kay Whatley
People lined up for food at the 2016 IFMF in Wendell. Photo: Kay Whatley

The International Food and Music Festival will be held in Wendell, North Carolina on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11am-5pm. This marks the fifteenth year that Saint Eugene Catholic Church has presented this festival to the Wendell community and surrounding areas.

The festival will be held at the J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, located on Cypress and Third Streets, Wendell NC. Ample free parking is available nearby.

Reasonably priced foods are available from the food court. Authentic cuisine booths will offer favorites from:

  • the Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Ireland
  • Mexico
  • the Philippines
  • Poland

There will also be Cajun favorites. For those less food-adventurous, an All-American booth will be open. Drinks, desserts, and ice cream booths will be open too. Food prices vary by booth, but typically a sampler plate will cost $4 or $6.

Free admission allows attendees to enjoy live stage entertainment, kids games, and international village activities.

Entertainment will be provided throughout the day. Musical performers include the Marcel Portilla Band (Latin/Pop/Rock/Blues), Knight Life, the North Side Community Church Praise & Worship Team, and Halex Gusman. The Philippine-American Assoc. of NC Dance Troupe will perform. There will be a martial arts demo by Kwon’s Chamption School, and Muddy the Mudcat (from the Carolina Mudcats) will appear in the Games Pavilion.

Kids may enjoy the Games area, featuring games provided by Inflate-A-Party (Rock Climbing Wall, Large Castle, Basketball Shoot and Dunk Tank ) along with traditional children’s games.

The International Village will provide educational activities for kids to enjoy and learn about other countries and cultures.

Raffle tickets are $5 each and will be available at the festival, with the drawing to be held at 5pm — the close of the festival. Prizes are:

  • 1st Prize: $2,000 Cash
  • 2nd Prize: $500 Cash
  • 3rd Prize: $250 Cash
  • 4th Prize: $100 Food Lion Gift Card
  • 5th Prize: $500 (to Seller of the 1st Prize winning ticket)

Note that Raffle tickets are available in-advance from the church office and from parishioners. Raffle tickets are available after every weekend Mass in the Sanctuary Gathering Space and at the Parish Office at 608 Lions Club Drive on week days.

Updates and information on the festival can be found on the festival website, www.thefoodfestival.com, the parish website www.steugeneparish.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/InternationalFoodAndMusicFestival.

If you’d like more information about this topic call or email the parish office at 919.365.7114 or via email.

More than a dozen local businesses are formal sponsors of the Festival. Additional sponsors are always welcome. Information is available on the festival website under Sponsorship Opportunities.

Proceeds from this annual festival help St. Eugene continue its service to parishioners, as well as its longstanding outreach within the local community.

To see East Wake Television’s video coverage of the 2016 IFMF, watch this YouTube video.


International Food and Music Festival 2017 flyer. Source: Thomas Zang, St. Eugene Catholic Church, Wendell NC.
International Food and Music Festival 2017 flyer. Source: Thomas Zang, St. Eugene Catholic Church, Wendell NC.


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