MONTROSE – Since the Monte de Rosas Fiesta moved from downtown Montrose several years ago, the heart of the city hasn’t seen much display of the town’s cultural diversity. But it’s coming back with the launch of the International Music and Food Festival at Centennial Plaza on July 3.
Organizer Yvonne Meek said she and a friend were talking about how the fiesta had disappeared from Main Street, and before long Meek spoke with Melanie Hall of the Montrose Community Foundation about sponsoring a new multi-cultural event.
Hall said the new festival might help keep some folks in town, along with other activities planned for Sunday and Monday, including a parade and street dance as well as live music, food and games at Cerise Park, followed by a huge fireworks display by the Montrose Rotary Club.
“Montrose used to be a really fun place on the Fourth when I was a kid, but it’s gotten to where a lot of people left town for the holiday,” Hall said. “We really want people to stay and enjoy Montrose for the Fourth of July. We have really great retail shops open Saturday and also the Farmers Market, and most events happening are free to the community.”
The festival music lineup starting at 11 a.m. is being finalized this week, Meek said, but so far shows a variety of cultures, with bagpipers, German zither players, Mexican folklorico dancers, gospel singers, music of the Philippines by Gloria Palefsky, Latin jazz by Meek’s group Whyld Honey, and hot salsa by The Latin Knights.
Food at the festival will also represent different cultures, with offerings from Sushitini Restaurant, Great Harvest Bread Company, Taqueria Jonathan, Rib City Grill, Damiano’s on Main, Gypsy Crepes, The Trolley and more.
The Montrose Community Foundation, which helps support many nonprofits and offers college scholarships, is sponsoring the festival, making it eligible for tax-deductible donations.
“This project has a budget of several thousand dollars and we can help them raise money for the event and put it in their account, just another component of our family of funds,” Hall said.
Another major sponsor is the Montrose Arts Council, Meek said, which donated $1,000 to the event. Sponsors also include the Montrose Association of Commerce and Tourism, the City of Montrose, Montrose Regional Library, and the Downtown Development authority.