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Carrousel of the Nations Recognized by Festivals & Events Ontario with two Awards

Windsor, ON:  March 11, 2011
The Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County (MCC) today announced that its annual summer festival — Carrousel of the Nations — has, for the fourth consecutive year, been named one of Ontario’s Top 100 festivals by Festivals and Events Ontario (FEO).  The Top 100 program acknowledges excellence in the province’s festivals and events industry recognizing the top festivals across a province that features more than 3000 different festivals.

Carrousel of the Nations dominates the last three weekends in June, celebrating the very best in world music, world cuisine and world entertainment.

"This achievement highlights the continued dedication of the Carrousel of Nations to deliver only the very best," said Kris Racine, Director of Tourism Programs & Development of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island. "Festivals and events are a vital part of a successful tourism industry and the festival's exciting fusion of music, dance, food, and art is an iconic cultural asset for our region."

In addition to the Top 100 distinction, Carrousel was also honoured with an achievement award for “Best merchandise or souvenir” for the unique cookbook created last year.  “A Fusion of Cultures: Let’s Get Cooking” features over 80 recipes from countries that have been a part of Carrousel over the last 35 years.

The cookbook, created in partnership with Leadership Windsor/Essex, was “an opportunity to showcase the best of Carrousel by highlighting the wonderfully diverse culinary history of our region,” said Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director, Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.  “We share both of these honours with all of our partners and sponsors who contribute so much to the Carrousel.”

Cookbooks are still available and can be purchased through the Multicultural Council: 519-255-1127.

The 36th Annual Carrousel of the Nations runs June 10-12; 17-19; 24-26 (

For more information:
Kathleen Thomas                                                                                            
Executive Director                                                                                          
245 Janette Avenue                                                                                       
Phone: 519-255-1127                                                                                     

Lisa Kolody
Director of Programs & Operations
7651 Tecumseh Rd East
Phone: 519-255-1127