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Celebrate Australia

Houston International Festival

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Celebrate Australia

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Ambassador Individual Tickets   more info Ended $75.00 $2.49
Statesman   more info Ended $1,500.00 $9.95
Director   more info Ended $3,000.00 $9.95

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A fun evening showcasing the talents of top Houston Chefs through a spirited BBQ competition. 

Houston, TX, March 10, 2014 - Celebrating its 44th year, the Houston International Festival is pleased to announce Celebrate Australia, an evening highlighting Australian BBQ through a “Texas vs. Barbie Cook-off” competition.  The event will feature some of the top Houston chefs and their restaurants.   The Thursday, May 1st event will be from 6 to 9 pm in Hermann Square in front of City Hall. 200 guests will be able to privately walk the I-Fest grounds and sample BBQ created by master chef’s including:  Donald Chang from Nara’s, Australian Jason Gould from Cyclone Anaya’s and Kevin Bryant from Eleven XI plus many more.

“This new event will not only highlight the cuisine of Australia but also celebrate the cooking expertise of Houston chef’s.   Celebrate Australia will be combination of food, beverages, music, networking but most importantly fundraising.” said Kim Stoilis, Executive Producer of the Houston International Festival.  Celebrate Australia will benefit Houston Festival Foundation, Inc. year-round arts and education programs reaching up to 900,000 students in the Greater Houston area and beyond.  Special thanks to our media partners: Texas Monthly and Culture Map. 

Table sponsorships and ticket information;

  • Director - $3,000
    •    Reserved table for 10 guests for Celebrate Australia
    •  4 Passport Lounge VIP tickets for iFest May 3rd or May 4th
    •   10 Geneal Admission tickets for International Festival
    •    Recognition on Celebrate Australia program and signage
  • Statesman - $1,500
    •    Reserved table for 10 guest to Celebrate Australia 
    •  10 General admission tickets for iFest
    •    Recognition on Celebrate Australia program
  • Ambassador General Admission tickets - $75
    •    Admission for 1 guest to Celebrate Australia
    •    1 General Admission tickets to iFest


Presenting sponsorship for Celebrate Australia is also available. For presenting sponsorship details and benefits, contact Susan Darrow at swdarrow@ifest.org

For Sponsorship Details and Benefits, Contact Susan Darrow at 713-819-6648 or swdarrow@ifest.org


Additional information available:  www.ifest.org


About the Houston International Festival

This annual downtown event celebrates music, dance and cultures from around the world with this year the festival will shine a spotlight on Australia. Early festivals featured almost exclusively local acts; as the festival has grown, it has become a showcase for more international and nationally known artists. 


The festival features more than 40 restaurants selling delicious local and international foods. IFest also presents six to eight arts markets, with more than 400 artists including a juried art market.  The footprint is divided into zones, each one focusing on a specific culture through food, exhibits and entertainment. The Chevron Living Museum will showcase the spotlighted culture of Australia with iconic structures, interactive exhibits, artisan demonstrations and performances.  The festival benefits Houston's tourism and economy by drawing 22% tourist attendance and generates local and state tourist-based taxes.


The Houston International Festival is produced by the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization.  Festival proceeds benefit the foundation year-round arts and education programs reaching up to 900,000 students in the Greater Houston area and beyond.

Have questions about Celebrate Australia? Contact Houston International Festival

When & Where

Houston International Festival
Private reception area on the grounds of the Houston International Festival
901 Bagby Street
Houston, TX 77002

Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

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