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We’re only a week away from Edible Lotus and only a few seats remain! Our annual benefit event happens on Thursday, July 9 at Deer Park Manor (1501 E. Hillside Drive) and will offer guests the opportunity to sample cuisine from 15+ local restaurants as well as participate in both a silent and live auction. Guests will also get an exclusive first-look preview of the 2015 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival and a live performance.

Among the evening’s food highlights will be select tastings of summer ice cream flavors from the Chocolate Moose, samples of locally-distilled spirits from Cardinal Spirits, and a Bloomingfoods-hosted display of exotic cheeses from around the world and everyday favorites from our own backyard. This year’s participating restaurants include: Antolia, Bloomingfoods, Bloomington Brewing Company, BLU Boy Chocolates, Cardinal SpiritsThe Chocolate Moose, FARMBloomingtonFinch’s Brasserie, Function Brewing, Indiana Memorial Union CateringThe Irish Lion, Lennie’s, Malibu Grill, One World CateringPiccoli Dolci, Samira Restaurant, Trojan Horse, Upland Brewing Co. and The Uptown Cafe.

The Edible Lotus auctions abound with beautiful artwork and experiences donated by innovative Bloomington artists and businesses, and beyond. Guests can snag hand-woven Turkish rugs and hangings, a handmade vintage Lotus t-shirt quilt, a French Lick Resort vacation package, or even a week’s stay on Hilton Head Island! Nearly 60 auction items will be on offer in support of Lotus programs, with something for every taste and interest.

No Lotus event would be complete without live, global entertainment. . . and the Edible Lotus crowd will delight in the sounds of Voice Tatu, a musical group comprised of three singers from Kenya who are currently studying voice performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music. The trio met at Kenyatta University Students Choir and includes Eddie Mony, Moses Mayabilo, and Sylvester Makobi.

Edible Lotus tickets are $100/person, a portion of which is tax-deductible. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Kristin Varella at kristin@lotusfest.org or by clicking here.

Lotus Volunteers Form Giving Group

17 June 2015

This year Lotus wants to showcase the generosity of our volunteers through the creation of the Volunteers of Lotus giving group. Volunteers of Lotus is a special opportunity for all Lotus volunteers to make a united contribution in order to support the ethnic and musical diversity that Lotus brings to our town every year. Jillian […]

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2015 Lotus Volunteer Recognition Party

11 June 2015

Last week we honored our amazing group of people at the 2015 Lotus Volunteer Recognition Party, an annual public celebration of our wonderful volunteers who support the Lotus mission and programming throughout the year. Invitees included active volunteers who volunteered at the 2014 Lotus World Music & Arts Festival, 2015 Lotus Blossoms and Bazaar, or helped out […]

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Edible Lotus: Local tastes for global arts

26 May 2015

Celebrate summer with Lotus! Did you know that festival ticket sales cover just 50% of the cost of Lotus programming?  Lotus raises the rest through generous donors like you, and Edible Lotus is a perfect way to support the Lotus programs you love while enjoying great food and great company. We invite you to be part […]

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2015 Lotus Blossoms by the numbers

11 May 2015

Artists from 5 countries/cultures 5,500 participants of all ages 2 months of programming 31 different events at 20 unique venues 23 schools served World Bazaar 20th anniversary  To date, Lotus Blossoms 2015 is 74% funded. Can you help us reach 100% support? For 21 years, Lotus Blossoms Educational Outreach has provided Indiana school children with the […]

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Meet Lotus’ Inaugural Advisory Board!

4 May 2015

Please welcome Lotus’s inaugural Advisory Board! This esteemed group of community leaders (click here for full list) comprises former Lotus Board members, long-time volunteers, and other dedicated supporters who have signed on to officially serve as resources for the LEAF organization and as Lotus ambassadors around town. “The LEAF Advisory Board represents a pool of […]

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Become a 2015 Lotus Sponsor!

27 April 2015

Every September, Bloomington comes alive for the annual Lotus World Music and Arts Festival — the flagship event of the nonprofit Lotus Education and Arts Foundation.  Established in 1994, Lotus is the oldest world music festival in the U.S. and the only festival of its kind in the state. Now in its 22nd year, it attracts […]

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