Fusion Festival cooks at Surrey’s Holland Park this weekend (with video)

Fusion Festival cooks at Surrey's Holland Park this weekend (with video)

SURREY — Tens of thousands of people are expected to fill Holland Park this weekend for Fusion Festival, the city’s yearly celebration of music, food and multiculturalism.

Admission is free to the two-day event, set for Saturday and Sunday (July 19 and 20) at the park, located at the intersection of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road.

The seventh annual festival features performances by Bruce Cockburn, Hey Ocean!, Pavlo, the Boom Booms, Aidan Knight, Ache Brasil, Orquesta Tropicana, Australian favourite Ash Grunwalkd, Peter Werner and many other musicians.

(Scroll below to see the festival’s promo video)

Food is a major focus of the festival, with the Flavours of Surrey cooking stage a big draw among attendees and the “celebrity” chefs who do the cooking there. As well, more than three dozen cultural pavilions – from Argentina to Togo – will be serving a wide variety of culinary treats on the festival grounds. Tickets for food are $1 each, and prices typically range from two to eight tickets per item.

The festival opening ceremony and Parade of Flags starts at 4 p.m. Saturday near the SFU Celebration Stage.

The Kids World area boasts a variety of tents, including Surrey Libraries’ Storyville, Games Land, a giant sandbox and craft tent.

Gates open daily at 11 a.m.; performances end at 10 p.m. Performer bios and complete event details are posted at Surrey.ca/fusionfestival.

The 2013 edition of Fusion Festival was named “Best Festival” at the annual Special Event Magazine Gala Awards event in Nashville last January. The award recognizes the world’s top special events and the work of industry pros who organize them.