India Fest makes comeback to Peoria Riverfront after two-year hiatus

Published: Aug. 14, 2022 at 5:40 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Following a two-year hiatus from the COVID-19 pandemic, India Fest is making its return to the Peoria Riverfront.

Featuring Indian food, music, clothes and accessories, it’s a chance to celebrate Indian culture. The event is put on by the Indo-American Society of Peoria. Board members said the return of the festival isn’t the only reason it’s significant, it’s also the 75th anniversary of Indian independence.

The board also said they had trouble getting vendors back after the two year break. many business owners are still trying to “get their bearings” after the pandemic, Board Member Krishna Tripathi said. However, there’s still lots of options available.

“What she’s wearing is beautiful,” Tripathi said, gesturing to IASP volunteer Reashni Leli’s traditional clothing. “If you want something you can just check it out, when have plenty of stalls like this that are selling [these clothes.]”

There are also several cultural displays, including interactive yoga, a singing performance of the American and Indian national anthems, and Bollywood dancing to round out the night.

A dollar from each ticket sold will be donated to a local charity, according to the board. board member Pravhat Mittal said the charity for this year’s donation will be announced at the end of the festival.

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