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Day-long event provide samples of Rockwood's international flavor and fashion

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The Festival of Colors was capped by a fun fashion show that showed off multi-cultural outfits.Community members flocked to Rockwood Saturday afternoon for a day filled with the best food and fashion from up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

The Festival of Colors was an event dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the neighborhood by giving businesses a chance to showcase their wares. Held on May 19 at the Sunrise Center, 18901 E. Burnside St., there was ethnic food and jewelry available for purchase and the day concluded with a runway fashion show.

"This event is for the local makers, and for Rockwood to meet the entrepreneurs working in the neighborhood," said Dina DiNucci, operations manager at the Sunrise Center.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Some young visitors to the Festival of Colors on Saturday, May 19, check out the jewelry by Samoa Oregon. About 150 people tried Brazilian, Japanese, African and Hispanic foods, while also partaking in many dessert options. The featured designers were Jerald Doswell of Betty Jean Clothing, Tristan Neighbors of Dishonorism, Dolled Up, and Shalonda Menesee.

"This is about young entrepreneurs showcasing their talents and efforts," Doswell said. "We love bringing everyone together and showing that people can be successful here."

The event was supported by Harry's Fresh Foods, the Rockwood Community Development Corporation and Office Depot.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Jasons Artisan Chocolates dipped strawberries were a popular item at the Rockwood Festival of Colors.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Jerald Doswell, owner of Made in America, helped organize the fashion show at the Festival of Colors. He also showed off his outfits and art during the event.

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