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The 2011 Banana Festiva will celebrate art, culture, music, diversity, heatlh and wellness, going green with composting and food. The array of food this year will be a Banana Spitacular line up!!!


Banana Snow Cones
Frozen mashed/blended bananas with or without strawberries (ice cream consistency)
Plantain Chips (Packets)
Fried Plantains
Frozen Banana dipped in chocolate and nuts
Banana Tortilla Dessert
Long Banana Lumpia
Banana Cotton Candy
Green Banana Ice Tea
Banana Strawberry Smoothies
Jollof Rice with plantain
Banana Taffy
Banana Pies, Tea Cakes, Cookies, and Banana Pudding
Banana Mango Salsa and Banana Mango Soup
Banana Tempura
Banana Tamales
Banana Fritters
Banana Pop Corn
Grilled Banana’s

Other Fesitval Highlights:

National Academic Youth Corps will be presenting the 2nd annual Banana Festival-celebrating community, art, culture and health from August 13th through August 14th at William Land Park in Sacramento, California. The Banana Festival will host an extensive lineup of music, art, food and entertainment at the 2011 Banana Festival. This year’s festival will continue to celebrate healthy lifestyles and eating as well as the many cultures in Asia, Africa and the Americas which use the banana as a source of food, art and culture.

This year’s festival promises to be very special with help from other partners stepping up to support our endeavors. Disc Dogs of the Golden State will sponsor a free performance. International Art & Design Technology will provide a free Banana themed fashion show, Mullingan’s will provide a Banana pancake breakfast. The Banana Chef challenge will be sponsored by Eastbay Restaurant Supplies and Cuisine Noir Magazine and Sky Resort will be providing a free 7 Day trip to Hawaii.

Fairy Tale town will host our children’s youth exhibit featuring: Freeport Elementary School and Very Special Arts. We will also feature the Techno Art exhibit provided by youth from Roberts Family Development Center. Additionally Fairytale town will give 50% off for all festival goers to enter into Fairytale town. General Produce will be sponsoring over 1000 pounds of Banana’s, UBantu Green will help sponsor the Going Green with composting, and Schools Credit Union will sponsor the Banana Education Art Contest (B.E.A). Musical Instruments N Kids Hands will bring will provide the Mobile Music Truck, Rebecca Davis will provide free books, American Heart Association will provide a Family Health History Tree activity for kids. Washington Neighborhood Center will be making Monkey Head Piñatas, to get the audience up and moving Tina B. & the Soul Line Dancers will perform Banana Line Dancing, Samoria Lamuse will dedicate a performance honoring Josephine Baker and Cap City Stunt Team will provide a captivating performance.

New Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente, Sacramento Arts Commission, Councilmember Jay Schenirer District #5, Assemblymember Roger Dickinson, Local Union 185 and PGE

Addtional Highlights will include:

Banana carnival
Banana Themed Arts and Crafts
Inflatable slides/Jumpers
Banana foods from around the world: Bananadellias, Banana Dog, Banana Taffy, Banana Cake, Banana Pies, Banana Cookies, Banana Pudding, Banana Soup, Banana Salsa, Banana Shish Kabob, Banana Tempera, Banana Pop Corn, Banana Fritters, Grilled Banana’s and Banana Tamales
Banana Community awards (Honoring Ecuadorian Farm Workers and Lee Perkins and Andréa Gomez formerly of radio station 101.1)
Banana Golf tournament
Banana 2011 Festival Queen is Marisa Adams
“All About Bananas” Visual Art Exhibition provided by the Kuumba Art Gallery and featured art group Women’s Wisdom
Give-a-ways (2 trips) provided by Banana Beach Resort

Children’s Stage

Roberts Development Children’s choir
Phoenix Park Multicultural Children’s choir
Crane Theater Performance Group
Little Miss and Mr. Banana Pageant
Children’s banana split eating contest
Banana music and dancing with kids
Magic Show
Local youth dance performances provided by: The Diplomatz and Lines School of Performing Arts and Grant High School Drum line
Interactive & Upbeat International Banana Folktales provided by Angela James of Fenix Dance & Drum.
Banana recycles fashions (Burbank High school)

Main Stage

Banana Fashion show
Chef Challenge
Adult banana split eating contest
Cap City Stunt Team
Cultural Performances and Live Bands

Funds raised from the Sacramento Banana Festival will help benefit a variety of local non-profits that provide free art education and outreach to local children and youth in Sacramento. Visit http://www.bananafest.org/ for event details

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