From its humble beginnings the Island Festival
has grown to be the largest celebration of Caribbean Culture in
Michigan. Also known as “A
Taste of the Caribbean” the Island Festival brings the unique
cuisine of the Islands to Kalamazoo!
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Entering its twelfth year,
the 2009 Island Festival is slated for June 18-20 at the Arcadia Creek
Festival Place at the corner of Kalamazoo Ave. and Edwards in downtown
This outdoor festival is
intended as a celebration of Caribbean music, food and culture and will
bring much of the best of the Caribbean to Kalamazoo.
In the past, beverages included Red
Stripe beer and many of the flavored juices and liquors from Bacardi and
Minute Maid. Caribbean regional cuisine from Jerk Chicken to Mango
Papaya Chutney, fresh oysters with cajun sauces, steamed Crawfish,
Coconut Shrimp, Black Bean, Veggie and Lou Lou Burgers, Chimichurri
Pork, plus various breads and desserts will be served by area vendors
including Francois Steak and Seafood, Caribbean Corner, Jazzy’s
Catering, Cajun Grille, Niskers, and Q-it-Up and many others.
The festival begins each midday with regional vendors selling Caribbean cuisine and
beverages. Walk through “little Jamaica” and experience the arts and
crafts vendors selling items ranging from woodcarvings to handmade
drums, t-shirts to jewelry
and everything in between.
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