Annoor Academy of Knoxville, a local pre-­k through eighth grade private school, invites the Knoxville community to its fifteenth annual International Food Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the World’s Fair Park Festival Lawn.    

The  students  of  Annoor  Academy  of  Knoxville  (AAK)  represent  a  wide  array  of  cultural  backgrounds.    For  15  years,  the  staff,  parents,  and  volunteers  of  AAK  have  celebrated  their diversity and cultural roots through an international food festival.  This year, for the first time, AAK is bringing the celebration to the heart of Knoxville by hosting its largest ever International Food Festival at the World’s Fair Park this coming Saturday, October 29, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.

As event organizer Ghada Ayesh explained, “This event was really born out of a desire to share our unique cultural diversity with the Knoxville community.  And what better way to bond with your neighbors than over food!”    
The  festival  will  feature  food  booths  set  up  by  volunteers  as  well  as  some  local  restaurants,  representing different countries and regions, with an emphasis on the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa, though other nations will be represented as well.  “We will have food ranging from places like Indonesia to Jamaica!” Ayesh explains.  In addition to food vendors, there will be a shopping bazaar and a “kids’ corner,” where kids can enjoy bouncing on inflatables, crafts and receive a passport to have stamped as they travel around the country booths.  There also will be a rotating schedule of entertainment along with cooking demonstrations throughout the day.

Admission to the event is free of charge.  Food tickets can be purchased on site for $1 each, and each  vendor  will  have  listed  prices  (in  tickets)  for  each  food  item.    Children  wishing  to  participate  in  the  “kids’  corner”  can  have  unlimited  play  time  in  the  inflatables,  crafts  and  a kids’ passport for $5.  All profits for the event go toward AAK school operations.    

Annoor Academy of Knoxville is a private school serving the Muslim community in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. It was founded in 1998 and currently operates as an accredited preschool through 8th grade school located in West Knoxville. The purpose of the school is to provide children of the Knoxville Community with an excellent education in a safe, secure, religiously sensitive environment. AAK is dedicated to creating a learning environment which encourages all students to become outstanding citizens. For more information, visit