The 53rd Annual International Festival will be held at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 5pm – 9pm. The annual exposition features international foods, world music and dance and displays representing many different countries and cultures. The festival is open to the public and is free of charge to enter.

The Tri-State’s best international restaurants will be featured at this year’s International Festival. Each restaurant will offer tastings of their signature menu items. By purchasing food tickets, guests can sample a variety of foods from all over the world at a very affordable price.

Restaurants can apply for a spot in the festival to reach 3,000+ Tri-State area residents in just 4 hours! The name of the restaurant will be included on all of our promotional material. Restaurant will receive a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales and promotion of their restaurant. A non-refundable $100 deposit is required to reserve a booth (10’x20’).  At closing, each restaurant will be reimbursed 75 percent of the face value of the tickets they have collected during the International Festival.  The deadline to apply is Friday, October 7, 2016, and space is limited. The participation form can be found here: International Festival 2016 Participation Form.

The 53rd Annual Festival will build on the success of last year’s festival which was sponsored by Chipotle serving the local Tri-State community.  Cabell County Schools partnered with Marshall University to expand the festival and provide a memorable experience for all ages.  Over 3,000 people attended the 2015 festival.

Continue to check this website for updated information about the Festival.  For more information about participating as a sponsor, partner, vendor, restaurant, or volunteer, contact:  Jyotsna Patel, Center for International Programs, at or call 304-696-6229.


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