SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento Banana Festival returns to William Land Park August 9-10, bringing with it activities that are sure to ap‘peal’ to the entire family.
In its fifth year, the Festival will be held Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and celebrates the cultures of Africa, Asia and the Americas that use the banana as a source of food, art and culture. This year’s theme is “Banana Royale.”
Activities include a Power Soul Stroll for Health, produced by the County of Sacramento Infant Health Program, on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.; daily shows by the Velocity Circus Troupe; performances by Texas Blues Band, Urban Fire, Soma Sila Polynesian Dance, the College Fund Band; an Umoja African Dance Interactive Show; Pan West Caribbean Steelpan music by Harry Best; an Edible Centerpiece Chef’s Challenge, a banana split-eating contest, a youth chess tournament, teen talent show and kid’s carnival rides.
There will of course be bananas, bananas and more bananas. The Laguna Creek Lions Club will prepare a Banana Pancake Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can vote for their favorite item on the Banana Bread Path and there will be booths featuring banana-themed cuisine.
Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online or at the gate. Wiliam Land Park is located at 3800 W. Land Park Drive. There are volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available. For more information, contact Shonna McDaniels at (916) 320-9573 or visit www.sacbananafestival.com.