Nothing bridges cultural gaps better than sharing a meal together. Food does far more than nourish the body — it tells the story of who we are, where we’ve been, our trials and tribulations and, most importantly, does so in a most delightful way. It was this thought that sparked the idea for Cincinnati’s first Asian Food Festival five years ago.
This year, for the first time, the festival will be held in Washington Park. (Previous years have seen Asian Food Fest at the Kolping Center in Mount Healthy and The Banks downtown.) More than a dozen vendors will provide unique dishes from their countries of origin in the park, with dishes ranging from $2-$6.
Vendors include Red Sesame Korean BBQ food truck, which will be serving Korean barbecue tacos and mini quesadillas. Findlay Market’s Vietnamese restaurant Pho Lang Thang will also be at Asian Food Fest, offering their popular beef and chicken pho — cup o’ noodle style. And Pho’s sister restaurant Quan Hapa will be serving up okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancakes). Angie Tang, owner of Angie’s Malaysian Satay & Sauces, is eager to introduce people to the diversity of flavors that make up traditional Malaysian street foods. She’ll be serving her signature Malaysian chicken satay with peanut sauce, Beef Rendang, Nasi Lemak and ginger-peach fresh mint tea. New to Asian Food Fest this year is Oakley’s Yat Ka Mein restaurant. They will be serving sesame dumplings with red bean paste, curry wontons, Dan Dan Noodles (Chinese spaghetti noodles topped with a ground meat mixture and sauce with vegetables) and sesame chicken.
Asian Food Fest runs 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. More info: asianfoodfest.org