• Carbondale Food & Fashion Week

    March 13, 2019

    Southern Illinois University students and the Carbondale community are planning a fun-filled week in April dedicated to food and fashion. The inaugural Carbondale Food and Fashion Week is set for April 23-27. The week will feature a variety of different events to bring awareness to some of the programs offered at SIU. Students from the Hospitality and Tourism Administration and Advertising Program have developed the concept and are executing the week-long event.

    Food and Fashion week will kick off at Shryock Auditorium on April 23 with an opening ceremony and showing of the fashion narrative "Kinky Boots" at 6:30 p.m. This event it free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase.

    The festivities continue downtown on April 24 with the Food and Art Crawl. The City of Carbondale, Carbondale Main Street, and the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce have partnered to put on this event. Various local restaurants and artwork will be featured. Each participating restaurant will have special menu items available for purchase. A complete list of participating restaurants is to be determined. Art submissions are open to the public. If you are interested in submitting a piece of art or would like more information, contact Nicole Davis by email at ndavis@siu.edu.

    The annual Fashion Show, put on by seniors in the Fashion Design and Merchandising Programs, will be held on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Graduating seniors will showcase their talents and work throughout the semester.

    On April 26, the SIU Career Development Center will present "Dress for Success on a Dime." The workshop will run from 10:20-11:10 a.m. and 12:30-1:20 p.m. in Faner Hall, Room 1006. This fun-filled demonstration will show students how to dress professionally on a limited budget.

    Food and Fashion Week wraps up on April 27 with the "Passion for Fashion Gala" at the Garden Grove Event Center. The theme for the event is celebrating 150 years of Carbondale fashion. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and a silent auction. Tickets are $45 per person or $315 for a table of eight. Student tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds from the event will fund a student scholarship.

    Event sponsors include The Southern, WSIL-TV, City of Carbondale, Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and Carbondale Main Street.

    For more information about Food and Fashion Week, contact Nicole Davis from the Hospitality and Tourism  Administration Department by email at ndavis@siu.edu.

    “Carbondale prides itself on providing its visitors, students, businesses and residents with a unique mix of edge and ease. It’s a cultural town, yet free of pretense, embracing the great outdoors as readily as urban sophistication. Here, we are open to new ideas, experiences and cultures, so you are encouraged to both express yourself and be yourself, in all ways. That’s Carbondale…All Ways Open… for family, fun, business, new ideas and a bright tomorrow.”

    Nicole Davis, SIU Hospitality and Tourism Admin Dept