India Fest brings Indian fashion, dancing, food, and culture to Kansas City

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- The nation of India might be some 8,000 miles away, but folks in Kansas City got a taste of India right here at home this weekend.

India Fest kicked off, bringing a display of Indian fashion, jewelry, dancing, food, and more to the metro.

The India Association of Kansas City hosted the event in the Overland Park Convention Center.

Last year, about 12,000 people attended the event. They expect even more came this year.

"We wanted to expose the Indian culture to the greater Kansas City," organizer Purnima Bansal said. "So to introduce people about the food, about the dances of India, about the clothing of India, everything together over here."

"My son said 'Oh mom, look! There's kings and queens!' They're so elaborately dressed that he thought they were royal, so that was a lot of fun," attendee Laura Shank said.

This was the sixth year for the event.