Mankato Area International Festival

Festival Schedule Ticket Information
Food Booths Cultural Booths
Ostrander Performances Children's World
Photo Contest Ostrander LiveStream

November 12, 2023 from 11am-3pm

We'll celebrate in International Festival to kick off IEW! The festival is an excellent opportunity for people from all over the state to gather, interact, learn, and celebrate! The festival is a collaborative effort by the Kearney International Center, the Centennial Student Union, students, and community members.

festival Schedule 

Main Level

  • Children's World activities begin in the Heritage Room (CSU 101)
  • Culture Booths open along Mav Ave

Ticket booths open on the main and second level. 

Second Level

  • Food booths open in CSU Ballroom

Second Level

  • 12 Noon: Opening Remarks in Ballroom
  • 12-12:45 PM: Ecuador Manta will perform in the Ballroom

Main Level

  • Student Performances in Ostrander Auditorium (across from Maverick Shop)

Second Level

Main Level

  • Student Performances continue in Ostrander Auditorium until 1:30 PM
  • 1:45 PM: Student Fashion Show begins in Ostrander Auditorium
  • Children's World continues in Heritage Room

Second Level

Main Level

  • Cultural Booths and Children's World continue

Thank you for attending the Mankato Area International Festival 2023! We hope to see you next year.

ticket Information

All festival purchases can only be made with festival tickets. You can purchase tickets on the main and second floors of the CSU with cash or a credit card. 

Food Booths & Menus

Click on the group name to see their menu and prices.

  • $3 - Onion Pakora (fried onion with spices) 
  • $3 - Fryums (popular Indian snack food)
  • $3 - Mango Lassi (creamy drink featuring mango, yogurt, and ice cream)
  • $3 - Falooda (cold dessert made with ice cream and vermicelli) 
  • $5 - Chicken Biryani (classic layered rice dish with chicken and spices) 
  • $5 - Momo (chicken dumpling with sauce)
  • $2 - Himalayan Lemonade
  • $5 - Kottu (popular street food of chopped flatbread stir-fried with chicken, eggs, & vegetables) 
  • $3 - Patingsu (shaved ice dessert with sweet toppings)
  • $4 - Chotpoti (spicy veg dish including boiled eggs, potatoes, chickpeas, & onions) 
  • $2 - Lassi (spiced yogurt drink)
  • $5 - Onigiri (Rice Ball containing tuna, steamed rice and seasonings) 
  • $4 - Tamagoyaki (Japanese style omelet) 
  • $3 - Daigako Imo (candied sweet potatoes) 
  • $4 - Alloco (fried plantains with a spicy sauce)
  • $4 - Misir Wat (Spiced red lentils) 
  • $4 - Alicha Gomen (traditional vegetable curry)
  • $4 - Esquites (corn-based Mexican street food)
  • $2 - Beef Sambosa 
  • $4 - Punjabi Sambosa 
  • $4 - Hummus with pita
  • $7 - Chicken Shawarma or Gyro sandwich
  • $6 - Falafel Sandwich
  • $3 - Baklava
  • $2 - Vimto soft drink or Chai
  • $5 for 1 Pupusa, $12 for 3 Pupusa, $15 for 4 Pupusa 
  • 3 types of pupusas (corn pancake with a variety of savory fillings) 
    • Pork, cheese & beans 
    • Cheese 
    • Beans & cheese 

Cultural & Vendor Booths

Learn about cultures from around the world, while enjoying a scavenger hunt! Stop by our many cultural booths sponsored by international student and community organizations and do some shopping at our unique vendor booths! 

Ostrander Performances

Ostrander LiveStream

Experience a variety of entertainment and a fashion show from our very own MSU, Mankato international students! Performances will begin at noon and conclude at 3pm with the closing of the Festival. These performances will be livestreamed. Stay tuned for the live stream link! 

Children’s World 

Features activities especially for our younger attendees! Stop by Children’s World for face painting, popcorn, games, crafts, and a movie! 

Photo Contest

The photo contest will run from 11am to 3pm. Everyone is encouraged to come check out the photos and vote for their favorite. The winners will be announced on our Instagram page @MNSUstudyabroad on Tuesday, November 14. There are over 150 photo entries from students, faculty, and staff.

To have your photos featured on our Instagram, tag us with #KICMNSU #INTLmav

The Mankato Area International Festival is one of Minnesota's largest international events. The festival showcases food, music, dance, and cultures of many 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.