Facer European Festival seeking vendors, volunteers and contestants

Facer European Festival

The Facer District Residents and Merchants Association is seeking food vendors, volunteers, and entrants for a pierogi eating contest for its third annual Facer European Festival on Monday, Aug. 6/2018 on Facer Street in St. Catharines.

The event, which runs from noon to 9 p.m., is a fundraiser supporting the grassroots Beautify the Facer District Initiative spearheaded by the Facer District Merchants and Residents Association to create a more welcoming neighbourhood with improved infrastructure and aesthetic touches.

This free, inclusive festival is a nod to the modern history of the neighbourhood, which was built by European immigrants, including Polish, Italian, and Ukrainian new Canadians. Today, the Facer District remains a cultural hub with its multilingual businesses, diverse eateries, cultural centres and churches.

A vendor application and more information about volunteering at the festival can be found at facereuropeanfestival.com under the Festival tab.

Registration is also open for the pierogi eating contest. The fee to compete is $300, with all money raised going to the beautification efforts. The winning contestant can donate their entry fee to a charity of their choice. Register by emailing festival treasurer Derek Kedzierski at treasurer@facerdistrict.com.

The Facer European Festival will feature entertainment on two stages, including performances by Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, and the Klezmer Orchestra. There will also be folk dance performances, historical neighbourhood tours, European cuisine for purchase, and children’s activities by Zippy Zoom.

“We want to come back in year three bigger and better than ever so people can really experience the cultural gem that the Facer District is,” says Henry Ostaszewicz, festival chair. “We have so much to offer festival-goers already when it comes to food and entertainment but we want to see Facer Street filled with performers, and food vendors serving cuisine that honours the past, present and future of the neighbourhood.”

The Facer District Merchants and Residents Association was formed to increase awareness of the Facer District’s history and its current activities; to support, promote and conduct nonpartisan educational, cultural, character restoration and informational activities of the Facer District.

Source – Facer European Festival press release



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