SEE, TASTE AND EXPERIENCE THE WORLD UNDER TWO ROOFS!
COLUMBIA, S.C.— The Columbia International Festival will host its 22nd annual event at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds on April 1-2.
In celebration of one of the longest running festivals in the Midlands, the 22nd annual Columbia International Festival will be home to more than 70 national exhibitor booths, breathtaking fashion shows, entertaining cultural performers and numerous food vendors that will be cooking authentic, ethnic food. With the support of the Columbia community, CIF has become the largest international celebration in the state of South Carolina, more than 22,000 visitors attended CIF 2016.
“Here you have the opportunity to visit about 70 national exhibits, sample cuisine from around the world, buy imported gifts and souvenirs in our International Bazaar, and much, much more. The colorful Parade of Nations will display the flags of about 100 countries. This is a wonderful way to travel around the world without ever leaving South Carolina,” says Raj Aluri, festival director.
Nearly 400,000 foreign-born residents represent the international community in the state of South Carolina. These residents also represent every nation in the world. In the Midlands alone, 90 languages are spoken and majority-owned foreign-affiliated companies employ more than 100,000 South Carolinians.
Festival hours are Saturday, April 1st 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and Sunday, April 2nd 12:00 noon to 6:00 P.M. Admission is $7 per adult and free for children ages 12 and under. Active military personnel get free admission with ID.