Alabama Asian Culture & Food Festival 2015
April 11, 2015 (10:30-4:00)
The 2015 Alabama Asian Cultures & Food Festival is an annual fundraising event for the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation. It features food, fun, an Asian bazaar, and educational events appropriate for the whole family. In our second year at the Zamora Shrine Temple, the 2015 Festival will see expanded Educational Arts and Cultural Booths for the various Asian countries and new vendor and sponsor booths.
Two highlights of this year's Festival are: an encore appearance of the Japanese Taiko Drummers group, Matsuriza, from Epcot Center; and a special exhibition of Japanese items on loan from the Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the downtown Birmingham Public Library. Another must see is the construction, using colored rice grains, of a Nepali Pangoli (akin to a Tibetan Mandala). For the children, there is another opportunity to take an educational and fun walking tour of Asia provided by Bo Garrett, a master teacher at Highlands School in Mountain Brook who also works with the Alabama Geographic Alliance, is former staff member of the National Geographic Society's Education Foundation. He will use an oversized (basketball court sized), vinyl map of Asia provided by the National Geographic Society’s Giant Traveling Map series to teach “hands-on, feet-on” lessons to students and parents, while presenting information about the people, their cultures, and the geography of the nations of Asia. New this year will be Asian storytelling sessions offered in partnership with the Vestavia Hills Library Children's section.
There will also be dancers, singers, musicians, and other forms of artistic expression. For those seeking to learn more about specific cultures, there will be again be individual booths presenting aspects of arts and culture for individual Asian countries participating this year. The colorful origami crane peace mobile will again be displayed, hopefully reminding visitors of the Foundation's plans to construct an International Friendship and Peave Plaza before the 2021 World Games in Birmingham. The Foundation's Sales Bazaar and vendor's tables are always a hit - with a wide range of Asian items from hand-embroidered silk on silk pictures, to Asian cook books, to brass accessories, to hand-painted umbrellas, to dolls and tea sets. Browsers are welcome and an ATM onsight is available. Back also is the colorful and beautiful Asian fashion show, much admired by the photographers in the crowd. And, of course the food! Again, we invite you to sample a little of everything from the many Asian cuisines offered. This year the token system used will make it easier to explore dishes from many different countries. While enjoying all of this, please take the opportunity to become friends with someone from another culture and enrich you own life by learning about theirs.
Tickets: Admission Prices:$8.00 Adults (18 and older), $5.00 Teens (13-17), military veterans, and college students with ID. Children 12 and under FREE
Info Phone: Bob Davis, 205-903-5569 or Helen Kim, 205-807-1310
DATES & TIMES
April 11, 2015
Opening ceremony: 10:30 a.m.; Festival: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The Zamora Shrine Temple
3521 Ratliff Road
Birmingham, AL 35210 (Irondale)
Vendors and Sponsors contact Subhankar Bandyopadhyay ("Bandy") at 205-394-1842
Online registration for Volunteers, Cultural Booths, and Vendors can be found in the "Events" section.