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EDMONTON – The 48th annual Edmonton Heritage Festival begins on Saturday.

The three-day outdoor event features delicious food, creative performances and celebrates Canada’s multiculturalism.

“In a world that is often at odds with diversity, we should welcome the Heritage Festival and thank it for bringing that diversity to light in such a positive way,” said Marjorie Bencz of Edmontons Food Bank.

According to Jim Gibbon, the festival’s executive director, the event will respect clearance and safety guidelines and the use of masks is highly recommended.

There will also be picnic tables and white circles painted on the grass to direct visitors to specific areas to gather with their cohort.

Gibbon said there are about 45 exhibitors lining up for the event this year – about two-thirds of the average list.

The two main differences that people will notice are time-limited tickets that only allow 4,000 people per hour.

“We’re already registered with almost a third of our historical visitors,” said Gibbon.

“With timed admission, we assume our buses will be full,” added Gary Lamont, the ETS supervisor.

The other big change is that the festival is completely cashless and there are QR codes at the entrances.

WORLD MUSIC WEEK

World Music Week starts on Thursday evening as part of the festival in Hawrelak Park. It will feature drum performances, DJs, and Souljah Fyah to name a few.

Greg Davis, the organizer, said there were mixed feelings about putting this event together.

“A little nervous,” said Davis. “To put something together, to see how the community reacts.”

And: “Proud that we were chosen to put this together for the first time as part of the Heritage Festival in our city.”

“We’re going to sit back on Monday with a relieved sigh and say, ‘Wow, we’ve done something different, we’ve done something special and we’ll do it again next year,'” he laughed.

MUSIC WEEK

Davis said it was interesting not being able to bring acts from outside of Edmonton, but it also provides space to highlight the wealth of local talent in our city.

“It’s a really cool opportunity to showcase Edmonton internationally, culturally, and here in the city that most of us are unaware of,” he said.

During the festival, until August 6, the Heritage Food Drive, the biggest summer dinner and fundraiser for Edmonton’s Food Bank, is also in full swing.

Non perishable groceries can be donated in the bins of large grocery stores, and safe donations can be made online or texted to FEDYEG at 20222 to donate $ 10 or $ 20.

“Events like this make the world a better, friendlier place,” Gibbon said.

The Heritage Festival runs from July 31st to August 2nd.

With files from CTV News Edmonton’s Carlyle Fiset

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