WESTFIELD, NJ — Food trucks, vendors, soccer lessons, music, knocker-balls, yoga, face painting, free massages and the Somerset Patriots: All will be at the first annual International Development Festival (IDF), to be held at Unami Park on Thursday, Aug 11, from 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
The event will honor of Darren Lederman and his family. For over a year, Lederman, a Westfield resident, battled Acute Myeloid Leukemia. He died in March. Now, in his absence, the Lederman Strong Fund provides assistance to his wife, Stacey, and two young children, Emma and Noah.
At the festival, all knocker-balls games will be donate 20 percent of sales, food trucks and vendors will donate a portion of their profits and $30 of the $129 soccer fee will be donated to the Lederman Strong Fund.
The soccer experience, running from 8 a.m. to noon, will include training and autographs from international professional coaches. Food trucks and vendors that will be present include Koni-Ice, CheeZen, Empanada Guy, Lori’s Face Painting, Origami Owl and Arbonne. Another vendor will be Indigo Art Studio, which will offer patrons a chance to enjoy canvas painting with Emma Lederman.
The festival is organized by Lisa Pipher, who grew up with Stacey Katcher Lederman in Westfield. She was inspired to create the event after her own personal hardships.
“I battled cancer and it was probably the loneliest time that I’ve ever experienced in my life. Many people turn a blind eye and don’t know what to do,” Pipher said. “I promised myself that I would pay it forward and do something for others as if I would want it done for my family.”
Other events Pipher has organized for the festival include PowerFlow Yoga in the park and a Wiffle Ball game from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Somerset Patriot’s mascot Sparkee and Noah Lederman for a chance to win free tickets.
“All we are asking the community to do is come out and enjoy this day that we put together,” Pipher said. “The goal is to remember a life that will forever be cherished.”
There is no fee to enter the festival. The entrance to Unami Park is located at 172 Hillcrest Ave., Cranford. To register for the soccer lessons, click here.