Experience Asia Without Leaving Home

Posted: July 11, 2011 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: July 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm

By Lea Lubag

Have you ever dreamed of taking a trip to Asia to see its exotic sights and sounds? Forget the plane ride, just head to the Fairfax Campus.

Experience a taste of Asia and bring the whole family to Asian Festival 2011. The free two-day event takes place Saturday, July 23, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, July 24, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in lots J and K.

This year’s four main “villages” are Wow Philippines, Heritage India, Amazing Thailand and Image of China. Each village will feature food and shopping vendors specific to their culture, as well as children’s activities, interactive displays and dance competitions.

You can choose and buy from more than 30 booths offering authentic Asian cuisine (some of which is from top area restaurants), including Thai, Chinese, Korean, Filipino and Indian food.

For entertainment, four stages will showcase live band performances from Raf Toledo and The Speaks, Paperdoll, Ivy Rose, The Embassy and more. More than 200 performers from the Asian American organizations in the Washington, D.C., area will also offer free cultural performances.

Want to get a head start on holiday shopping? Asian Festival is a great place to purchase unique Asian products ranging from jewelry and baskets to clothes and other handmade arts and crafts.

More information about the eighth annual Asian Festival’s schedule of events can be found on the website.

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