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Tuscarawas News Detail

Main Street Kent Presents Fourth Annual International Festival With a Chocolate Twist!

Posted Aug. 25, 2014

Main Street Kent will host the fourth annual International Festival in downtown Kent on Saturday, Sept. 13, from noon to 7 p.m. Admission to the festival is free; event goers can purchase a variety of ethnic cuisine, including food from Germany, Italy and more. Vendors and informational/cultural display booths will be situated on North Water Street, alongside the Hometown Bank Plaza. North Water Street will be closed from Main Street to Columbus Street for the event. Live music and dance will be featured at the Hometown Bank Plaza, including Mediterranean guitar, Japanese dance, African drums, Bavarian brass music, belly dancing and other varieties. The final entertainment schedule will be posted on the Main Street Kent website closer to the date of the event.

New to the event this year is the International Chocolate Walk. For $20, tickets can be purchased in advance to go on a chocolate collecting “world tour” in downtown Kent during the International Festival. It is a great way to explore locally and taste globally. Participating businesses include Carnaby Street Style, Empire, Kent State University Fashion School Store, F.J. Kluth Art Gallery, Gracylane, HOME International Markets, Kent Jaycees (at the event), McKay Bricker Framing and Black Squirrel Gifts, Off the Wagon, Pita Pit, Popped!, Ray’s Place, Secret Cellar, Scribbles Coffee, Sue Nelson Designs, Tree City Coffee and Pastry and Troy Grille. Chocolates from countries such as Belgium, Germany, Ecuador, England, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey will be given to all paid participants.

International Chocolate Walk tickets can be purchased at the Main Street Kent event page at Only 200 tickets will be sold. No paper tickets will be mailed; guests will simply come to the event entrance (at the corner of Main and Water streets, in front of the Hometown Bank Plaza at 136 N. Water St.) to pick up maps, passes and bags for collecting the chocolates.

This event is generously sponsored by NEOMED, Kent State University and Hometown Bank.

Main Street Kent is a nonprofit organization focused on the revitalization of downtown Kent. It is an affiliate of the national Main Street program and the Heritage Ohio program.