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April 11, 2017

Asian Food Fest returns May 13-14

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Asian Food Fest will return to Washington Park in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14, 2017, noon-9 p.m. The seventh production of this vibrant community festival will take place during Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month and celebrate the culture, cuisine, entertainment and beer of Asian communities including Cambodia, China, Hawaii, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. More than 30,000 are expected to attend the two-day festival.

Back by popular demand, “Secret Menu” returns with creative, surprise dishes. This is a unique opportunity for foodies to taste home­cooked Asian meals from local amateur cooks and aspiring food entrepreneurs. The term “Secret Menu” comes from a common practice at many Asian restaurants in America. These establishments often have a “secret menu” that is only available upon request. This “secret menu” tends to be more traditional and authentic, with menu items typically printed in the native language.

“Asian Food Fest was created in 2010 by a diverse group of friends who wanted to share their love and pride for Asian food and culture with the Cincinnati region,” said Tessa Xuan, marketing director of Asian Food Fest. “It has grown to showcase Greater Cincinnati’s best Asian restaurants and chefs, while fostering connections between the community and regional Asian-American organizations and businesses.”

“Since the very beginning, Asian Food Fest has been run entirely by volunteers. This year, the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is proud to partner with those hundreds of hardworking and passionate volunteers to continue to grow this delicious celebration of our region’s robust Asian food scene.” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Admission to Asian Food Fest is free, although donations are accepted. Regional restaurants, food trucks and individuals will offer a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates, priced from $2-­$6. A portion of the proceeds from Asian Food Fest 2017 will benefit the 501(c)(3) non-profit Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati (AACAC) and future Asian cultural events in Greater Cincinnati. Learn more at asianfoodfest.org.

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