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The World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market returns after a successful inaugural year on Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the 19th Avenue and Camelback Park-and-Ride. The bi-annual event kicked off in May 2016 through a partnership between the city of Phoenix, Local First Arizona, and the International Rescue Committee of Phoenix with the idea to introduce the community to the variety of cultures that reside in the Valley. More than 40 refugee- and immigrant-owned businesses will showcase their crafts in front of thousands of attendees, including food, drinks, accessories, and unique talents from around the globe.
During the World Bazaar, attendees have the opportunity to visit, browse, and purchase from dozens of unique small businesses. Vendors and items available include African beadwork, dresses, scarves, jewelry, baskets, and gifts; Middle Eastern women’s fashion and jewelry; craft goods made by refugee women; Mexican handmade hair accessories; and much more. Attendees will also be able to sample a diverse array of foods and beverages like at the “food court”, including Ethiopian coffee, Iraqi bread, baklava, Mexican food, and can pick up locally grown foods at the farmer’s market area. A “KidsZone” will feature face painting and other fun activities
100 percent of the profits made at each booth go directly to the participating business, allowing the minority entrepreneurs to continue investing in their small business.
“Phoenix is a city that is open to business for everyone, including refugees and immigrants who strongly contribute to the diversity, culture, and economy in Phoenix,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “The World Bazaar showcases these entrepreneurs and businesses in a fun and engaging way which helps to build a stronger, more vibrant and inclusive community.”
“I am excited for the third World Bazaar taking place in District 4, in the Heart of the City,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor. “This unique gathering truly brings out the best of what the local area has to offer, in terms of diversity, international flavor, and a sense of community and inclusion. I hope that this semi-annual event continues to grow and showcase the amazing mix of cultures and people that this City and its diverse neighborhoods have to offer.”
If You Go:
What: World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market
When: Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 19th Ave. and Camelback Rd. Park and Ride
Free to attend. Vendors will be selling products and services, prices vary
Attendees are encouraged to use the light rail to get to and from the event. Attendees who show their light rail pass at the event will be entered to win prizes.
More information on the World Bazaar & Phoenix Community Market can be found here. Attendees can RSVP through the website and through the Facebook event. This event is made possible through generous support from LISC Phoenix, Mountain Park Health Center, and Vitalyst Health Foundation AZ.
Images courtesy of Local First Arizona.