April 9, 2011
The 2011 Birmingham Asian Cultures and Food Festival will be held this year on Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10:30am (opening ceremony) until 4:00pm at the Cedars Club in Birmingham, AL. Come and support the Foundation and its goals through your attendance and purchases, meet people of different cultures, and have a lot of fun!
Enjoy many varieties of Asian cuisine, and take advantage of the opportunity to try new things! Shop our Bazaar featuring Asian art and other fine merchandise (silk items, books, plants, toys, etc.) of wide price range from many Asian countries. To celebrate the Chinese Year of the Rabbit, special books for the children will be offered for sale. If you are collecting the series, there will be past issues available also.)
Indian dance favorites, Natyananda and Notinee, will be joined by the beautiful Chinese group Jasmine Dance Ensemble. An audience participation martial arts session by Swami Kaal Nath should be a new experience! Finally, a highlight from past festivals will return by popular demand – our Asian fashion show will present colorful and artful authentic outfits illustrating distinctive fabrics, styles, and sewing techniques from several Asian countries, narrated knowledgeably by our own Dr. Helen Kim, our fashion show coordinator. Want to participate in the fashion show? Contact Dr. Kim at 205-807-1310.
For the kids, there will be an Asian kite design workshop, and Verna, the Friendly Dragon "Moon-Walk" will again be available on-site. This is the fourth fundraising celebration of the spring festival presented by the Alabama Asian Cultures Foundation (formerly the Birmingham Chinese Garden & Asian Cultural Center Foundation). One of the goals of the Foundation is to build a classical Chinese garden in Birmingham. A model of the preliminary design will again be on display, along with an interpreter who will provide an update on progress made the past year for a permanent site and plans for the proposed Asian Cultural Education Center.
Following tradition, Miss Birmingham (2010), Ms. Susan Hamm, will serve as hostess for the festival, cut the ribbon to open the festivities, and be available for photographs with children during the event to support the Foundation with its fund raising efforts.
The price of admission will again be $5.00 for adults and teens and free for children 12 and under. Food service will be available from 11:30 am-3:00 pm. A small number of invited restaurants representing many Asian cuisines will have prepared plates available for $7.00 each. For the more adventurous, each restaurant will also offer "a la carte" portions of a few special dishes to add to your plate for $2.00 each, so you can wander among the tables and sample dishes from many different countries whose cuisine you may have never tried before. Soft drinks and bottled water will be available for $1.00 each.
Festival Details at a Glance:
Location: Cedars Club, 301 Green Springs Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35205
(Just two blocks east of I-65 at the Green Springs Avenue exit.)
Hours: 10:30am (opening ceremony) until 4:00pm
Ages: All Ages, Kid and Family Friendly
Admission:: $5.00 for adults and teens, free for children 12 and under.