By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Feb 14, 2019 at 3:26 PM

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Milwaukeeans are invited to celebrate the diversity in the city’s cuisine and culture during the 11th annual Carnival Milwaukee, held from 5 to 10 p.m at Rennaissance Place, 1451 N. Prospect Ave.

The annual fundraiser, which begins at 5 p.m. with appetizers crafted by Vincent High School culinary students, supports the work of the Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin (UEDA), will also feature food and beverage from a variety of area restaurants, an interactive photo booth, Carnival raffle and live music from De La Buena and dance performances by Salsabrosa and Panadanza.

A growing list of participating restaurants and vendors include Cakes by Linda Kay, Casablanca, China Gourmet, Cielito Salvadoreno, Colectivo Coffee, Mi Casa Su Cafe, Milk & Honey Liqueur, Mr. Bar-B-Que, Ono Kine Grindz, Screaming Tuna, Speed Queen BBQ, Tall Guy & A Grill, The Cultured Vegan, Xankia and Zarletti.

During the event, UEDA will present Milwaukee Public Library with the second annual Bridge Builder Award in recognition of its unique spaces, services and community partnerships which educate, enlighten and celebrate the diversity of people and activities in Milwaukee.

In an effort to keep the spirit of Carnival Milwaukee alive throughout the year, UEDA is also pleased to announce a new partnership with Emerald Mills, founder of Diverse Dining for a series of four Community Meals to be held in 2019. [Read more about Diverse Dining here].

Tickets for Carnival Milwaukee are $50 and may be purchased online or by calling (414) 562-9904.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.