Fourth Annual Burmese Festival at the Tampa Bay Refugee Garden

Media Advisory:
April 1, 2016

Natalie Harrell, DCF, (813) 337-5854

Fourth Annual Burmese Festival at the Tampa Bay Refugee Garden
Community Welcome at Free Festival Celebrating Burmese New Year

TAMPA— The community is invited to discover Burmese food and enjoy cultural performances at the 4th Annual Burmese Festival at the Tampa Bay Garden on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The free event, open to the public, celebrates the Burmese New Year.

Refugees from former Burma founded the annual New Year’s festival four years ago and will hold this year’s event at the Tampa Bay Refugee Garden for the first time. In addition to enjoying the Burmese culture, attendees are invited to tour the refugee garden – an innovative agricultural project helping refugees put down roots in their new community.

The Tampa Gardens provides these newly arriving refugees with an opportunity to grow fresh, healthy and organic food and raise free-range chickens. Funding for the project is provided through a federal grant from the Office of Refugee Services. 

In Florida, more than 28,000 refugees are resettled each year. The Department of Children and Families Refugee Services program is funded by the federal government to coordinate and oversee many of the services provided to refugees who settle in Florida. These services, including education, legal assistance, employment programs, and youth and family programs, serve some 6,500 refugees in the Tampa area each year.

  • When: Saturday, April 9: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
  • What: Program includes Burmese music & dance performances, sampling of Burmese food for a donation & garden tours. Organic produce and eggs from the garden will also be on sale.
  • Where: St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church, located at 2424 86th Street S., Tampa FL 33619. 
  • Contact: For event related questions, contact Father Berhanu Bekele, St. Mary’s Ethiopian Orthodox Church: 813-679-4982.