Huge Food and Entertainment Festival Coming to Mississauga Soon

It's official: We are heading into the very last weekend of the summer (or summer vacation, at least).

But even though it's back-to-school time, the warm weather is still here and that means there's plenty of time to enjoy outdoor celebrations.

Especially ones that are all about food, culture and entertainment.

The 15th annual MuslimFest (MFEST) will take place in Celebration Square in Mississauga from August 31 - September 2.

The event, which does not charge admission and runs from noon -11p.m. each day, will feature live performances, art exhibits and food vendors.

Organizers say the festival is a unique cultural fusion that combines faith traditions and Canadian culture.

"Over the past 15 years, MuslimFest has become a must-attend event for Canadian Muslims throughout Ontario," says Tariq Syed, event director of the festival.

"We encourage people from all backgrounds to visit the festival as it provides Muslims with opportunities to share our culture with the broader community. We believe in education through the language of art, humour, and meaningful entertainment; something we feel can create new connections throughout our community."

This year, the festival will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 31 with the second annual Flag Unveiling Ceremony and a children's choir singing the national anthem.

As far as entertainment goes, Amal Kassir and Timaj Garad will present their poetry and spoken word pieces and Dawud Wharnsby and Harris J. will entertain festival guests with their musical performances. Comedians Jeremy McLellan and Azhar Usman will perform some stand-up on Saturday night.

Shoppers will be able peruse some unique wares during the festival, as there will be a fragrant oils boutique and vendors selling Turkish clothing, Middle Eastern ornaments, Turkish lights, and more.

In terms of food, attendees can buy dishes from a number of vendors, including Monasabah, Watan Kabob, Hailed X Coffee, Ishtar Iraqi Foods, Dimkin Crepes and more.

On Saturday and Sunday, festival attendees can learn how to create paper flowers with Hafsa Creates, draw comics or write Arabic calligraphy.

Registration for workshops is based on a first-come-first-served basis.

In addition to the workshops, there will be an arts and crafts tent and carnival games where children and families can drop by throughout the day.

Art lovers will be happy to hear that a wide array of artwork from artists of all backgrounds will be displayed over the course of the festival. Some of the artists being featured are include, Artistically by Iram Abid, Bana’s Islamic & Arabic Ceramic Fine Art, The Floral Art Project, and Art by Syeda.

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