According to one ranking, it is one of the most diverse cities in the country. And on Saturday, Johns Creek will be celebrating that fact.
The Johns Creek International Festival will feature more than 50 retail vendors and 30 food vendors, city spokeswoman Edie Damann said Tuesday.
She said organizers learned a lot from their inaugural year in 2018, when they planned for 8,000 people and received 22,000 people. “Which was a fabulous problem to have, but we’re definitely better prepared this year,” Damann said.
She said the idea of the festival came from a multicultural task force that started meeting in late 2016 to think of ways to showcase the diversity of city residents.
“This festival, we felt, would be one of the best ways to do that and bring people of all different ethnicities and cultures together,” she said.
This year the city expects about 15,000 attendees at Heisman Field near the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 27.
Parking and entrance are free, but expect vendors to want money for their goods and foods. (There will be Boy Scouts accepting optional $3 donations for parking.)
The issues last year of people getting jammed up at the entrances and exits have been fixed, Damann said, noting that 80 staff members will help handle parking at the event.
Inside the festival, 21 of the 53 retail vendors are returning. The retailers range from jewelers to a Northview High senior who brings back handmade scarves from weavers in India.
Of the 32 food vendors, 15 will be food trucks. They will sling everything from Brazilian fare to funnel cakes.
There will also be two stages with live performances from 11:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Here’s a map of where all the vendors will be located:
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