Mankato Area International Festival

The Mankato Area International Festival is one of Minnesota's largest international events. The festival showcases food, music, dance, and cultures of dozens of nations, all in one place on one day. Food and performances are provided mainly by international students at Minnesota State University, Mankato, but other local and regional vendors, restaurants, and performance groups also participate.


Save the Date: November 14, 2021 from 11am-4pm

Mankato Area International Festival 2021: One Festival, Many Cultures

International Festival usually occurs during the Spring semester, but we are changing it up in 2021 - we'll celebrate in November to kick off IEW! The festival is a great opportunity for people from all over the state to gather, interact, learn, and celebrate! The festival is a collaborative effort by the Kearney Center, the Centennial Student Union, students, and community members.

The Day's Activities

  • 10:30am - We'll open the gates (earliest people may enter the building.)
  • 11am - Opening Ceremony
  • 11:15am - Welcome Speech
  • 11:25am - ISA President’s Speech
  • 11:30am - Fashion Show
  • 12:00pm - Performance Begins
  • 12:30pm - Food Booths Opening
  • 3:45pm-4pm - Thank You Speech

Wait There’s More

  • Photo contest (CSU main floor happening from 11am-4pm)
  • Trivia (Heritage room). 1st round starts at 12pm and 2nd round starts at 2pm
  • Children's world (12pm-4pm)

Vendor and Booth Information

Food Booths

Check out the student groups who are representing their countries by preparing food for the 2021 Festival:

  • MavLankans: Koththu (Tortilla strips mixed with chicken, eggs & vegetables)
  • Bangladesh Student Organization: Puchka, Mango Lassi
  • Nepali Student Community (NeStCom): Steamed Momos with Sauce; Cardamom Tea & Cold Drinks
  • Bahamian Student Association: Jamaican Beef Patty, Jamaican Veggie Patty
  • The Ethiopian & Eritrean Student Association (ESSA): Miser, Tibs and Cabbage
  • Pakistan Student Federation (PSF): Tandoori chicken with Garlic Naan and Karak Chai served with Chutney & salad
  • SAI (Student Association of India) serving- Instant Jalebi, Vegetable Pakora, Tandoori Chicken

Cultural Booths

  • Korean Students Association
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • NeStCOm
  • Ethiopian & Eritrean Student Association
  • Ethnic Studies Student Organization
  • Lighthouse Chapel International
  • Saudi Student Association
  • Pakistan Association

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