18th annual India Fest to draw Brevardians and beyond
By Deb Alberto
For Hometown News
BREVARD -- Whether you're into Bollywood, delicious spicy foods or just looking for a little culture on the Space Coast, India Fest has something for you this weekend.
The annual festival, slated for Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Wickham Park Pavilion in Melbourne, began in 1996, as a way to share Indian culture with Brevard residents and to support the community through its fundraising efforts.
As a small example of charitable efforts, organizers raised $295,000 to rebuild an orphanage that was destroyed in the Haiti earthquake and supported a tuition endowment, with $100,000, to Florida Tech.
"We are thankful to our sponsors because none of this would be possible without them," said event co-chairwoman Yasmin Majeed.
The celebration of Indian culture is an event that takes months of planning to culminate, with everything from culture-specific music, yoga demonstrations and a youth activity booth to food vendors, dance and fashion demonstrations, as well as a discovery booth, which, this year, will feature the theme "Handicrafts."
"We are very excited about this year's theme, which will include textiles and other arts and crafts," Mrs. Majeed said.
Attendees can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of three prizes, valued at more than $1,000.
The organization's mission is simple: to promote cultural awareness and harmony through outreach and philanthropy.
"The festival is very well put together event and an opportunity to portray culture in an educational and entertaining way, while helping our fellow mankind," Mrs. Majeed said.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 12 and younger. Children younger than 5 are admitted free.
For more information, visit www.indiafestbrevard.org/default.html.