CINCINNATI – More than 35 regional restaurants representing 13 countries will take part in next month’s Asian Food Fest.
What You Need To Know
- Asian Food Fest is May 7 and May 8 in downtown Cincinnati
- The annual food and culture event showcases traditions from 13 different countries
- Beyond supporting businesses, the goal is make more Asian cultures prominently on display
- More than 35 different vendors are taking part
Now in its 11th year, the food and culture event will take place Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the Court Street Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.
The mouthwatering tour of PanAsian foods, in the form of small plates, with options ranging from noodle dishes to BBQ to sushi, with lots of stuff in between. The items will vary in price from $2 to $8. There are beverages as well, including bubble tea and adult beverages, including local craft and Asian beer.
Participants include sit-down eateries, food trucks and other vendors. The full list is below.
Spencer Mapes, lead event manager for Asian Food Fest, said there are more restaurants taking part this year than in recent previous years. The variety of restaurants and dishes will give people an “immersive cultural experience unlike any other in the region,” Mapes added.
Created in 2010, Asian Food Fest’s mission extends beyond food. The aim is to use the event as a way to promote diversity in the Cincinnati region through a celebration of the unique food and cultures from the numerous countries that make up the local Asian community.
Attendees can expect live entertainment and family activities and more. Of course, it’s also a platform to encourage people near and far to experience the growing Asian food scene.
The event is free and open to the public.
JP Leong, a representative of the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati, said the two-day festival provides visitors with a small glimpse of the “unique and fun things we're doing” in the city.
AACAC’s vision is to make Cincinnati a more diverse and inclusive city by increasing Asian-American visibility and representation. There are few better ways to do that than a festival that attracts thousands of people each year.
“Every year, the Asian Food Fest team is proud to see how the people in the Cincinnati region come out to support these restaurants and businesses,” Leong said.
2022 Asian Food Fest participants
Angie Tee’s Kitchen
Black Lotus Dumpling Tea parlor
Blesame International Catering
Chino’s Street Food
Christine’s Casual Dining
Kung Fu Tea
LALO Chino Latino
Milk Jar Cafe
Ono Turo Turo
Pho Lang Thang
S.E.A. Cuisine Foodtruck
Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
Shanghai On Elm
Stone Bowl Korean
Tea ‘n’ Bowl
Travelin’ Tom’s Coffee Truck
Vannon’s Cambodian Street Food
Wendigo Tea Company