Arts & Life, Events

Local vendors connect with community through monthly festival

More than 50 local businesses eager to sell their goods and connect with the community gathered for the monthly Parkview Village Festival on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The festival, which occurs the second Saturday of every month, is given a new theme each time, Barbara Frederick, one of the event coordinators, said.

This month, the theme was Aloha Autumn, where local hula dancers performed as attendees crowded the street to watch and capture the highlight of the event.

Attendees enjoyed the atmosphere where some chose to set up chairs and watch the whole thing while listening to the DJ play classic hits. Refreshments were sold and there were also games like giant jenga or giant checkers for families to play together.

Vendors also supplied a variety of goods for purchase, including Maji Karim’s homemade Moroccan desserts.

09/11/2021. LONG BEACH. CA. Maji Karim sells her homemade Moroccan Pastries.
LONG BEACH, CA. Maji Karim sells her homemade Moroccan Pastries. Photo credit: Christian Lopez

Born in Morocco, Karim said that all creations are family recipes that she has been perfecting for over two years. Her recipes are also all 100% vegan.

Karim’s goal is to some day open up her own store. For now, she comes to the festival every month in order to sell her goods, which can be found at https://plantswaterlove.com/checkout/products/.

For knitting and crochet lovers, Jessica Holland has got everyone covered with her array of handmade pieces, including pillows, mittens, beanies and sweaters.

09/11/2021. LONG BEACH. CA. Jessica Holland sells her handmade crocheted clothing and knitted beanies. Photographed by Christian Lopez.
LONG BEACH, CA. Jessica Holland sells her handmade crocheted clothing and knitted beanies. Photo credit: Christian Lopez

Holland said that she has been knitting ever since she got out of high school thirteen years ago and attends the festival each month to sell her crocheted items. Visit @heywaitivegottodocrochet or the Etsy jessmyshop to view and purchase Holland’s products.

The Parkview Village Festival take place every second Saturday of the month and it is located at 5423 E. Village Rd. #200, Long Beach, CA 90808.

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