Vendors will be located across the Lundquist-Bicentennial Bridge leading into the park, several of them offering ethnic cuisines like Cajun, German, Tex-Mex, Greek and Italian foods.
Elkhart’s Island Park
Hours and admission:
Friday, 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., $1
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., $1 after 5 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., free
Admission to the family-friendly festival is free each day before 5 p.m. and costs $1 anytime after. Sunday’s festival is free all day.
“I guess the most exciting thing for me, being the one that has put the music together, would be Saturday night’s headliner, which is the reggae and Lazo,” said Karin Frey, superintendent of parks and recreation at the city of Elkhart. “That is a completely different atmosphere than what we’ve ever had.”
This year’s event features more than 70 hand craft vendors and about 90 commercial vendors, in addition to live music and children’s activities.
Frey said she anticipates a crowd of more than 50,000 attendees over the three festival’s three days. No alcohol will be permitted or sold at the festival and ATMs will be in place on the island for cash withdrawals.
A and B Concessions / SCHNITZels & GIGGLES
schnitzel, German sausage
Big Fun Enterprises
fruit smoothies, mocha chillers, cheesecake on a stick
The Berry Patch
strawberry shortcake, fruit cobblers and sundaes
fajitas, quesadillas, tacos
deep fried candy bars
elephant ears, funnel cakes, sirloin tips
deep fried vegetables
Elkhart Lions Club
hot dogs, popcorn, soda
Proceeds will benefit the Lions Club’s Eyeglass Assistance Program.
F and S
Fire Kissed Pizza
Philly cheese steaks, grilled tenderloin, Italian sausage
J and L
mini-donuts, popcorn varieties including kettle, caramel and cheese
bayou grilled food, jambalaya, red beans and rice, Cajun sausage, shrimp on a stick
Greek salad, gyros, broasted potatoes
Old Time Saltwater Taffy
more than 10 flavors of saltwater taffy
pot stickers, egg rolls, rangoons, shrimp fried rice
pulled pork, chicken tenders, Reuben fries
The Pretzel Wagon
Richie’s Place to Eat
ground beef, chicken and steak tacos; chili cheese fries
tacos, taco salads
Tom’s Tasty Taters
walleye fish sandwiches, curled potato chips
Olde Time Waffle Cones
Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda Pop Co.
five soda flavors
Discounts with purchase of refillable stainless steel mug.