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May 03, 2016

Cincinnati’s Asian Food Fest is back and better than ever!

OTR Asian festival

This vibrant community festival celebrates culture and cuisine from Asian countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Philippines, China, and Malaysia. While food is definitely the heart of this festival, this year will also feature live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer, fun family activities, and more. Admission to the festival is free, and vendors will be offering a mouthwatering tour of Asian foods, in the form of small plates priced from $2-$6.

Asian Food Fest was created in 2010 by a diverse group of friends who wanted to spread their love of Asian food and culture through the city of Cincinnati. Over the years, the festival has showcased some of the city’s best Asian restaurants and chefs, while fostering connections between community members and local Asian-American organizations and businesses. Now it hopes to play a bigger role in growing the local Asian food scene.

One of the exciting changes coming this year is the launch of the "Secret Menu" booth, featuring unique Asian food from home chefs and aspiring food entrepreneurs. This is a special chance for foodies to get a taste of a home-cooked Asian meal from local amateur chefs who are excited to share the food they grew up with. In addition, the festival has moved back to May, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and has expanded to a 2-day festival! New vendors this year include Hawaiian food stand Ono Grindz, Clifton-based carryout spot Thai Express, and the West Chester-based Filipino restaurant Dai Trang. And of course, many crowd favorites will be returning, including the Indonesian Fusion restaurant Huit BBQ, Taiwanese bubble tea cafe Boba Cha, and Red Sesame, the food truck famous for their Korean BBQ Tacos.

Admission to the festival is free, but donations are encouraged – proceeds from the festival will go towards supporting the 501(c)(3) non-profit Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati (AACAC), and to host future Asian cultural events in Greater Cincinnati.

Event Details
Dates: Saturday & Sunday, May 14-15, 2016
Times: Saturday 4 p.m.-midnight; Sunday noon-8 p.m.
Location: Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine

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