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Asian Food Fest returns to Court Street Plaza in April

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Jan 31, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-31 10:48:44-05

CINCINNATI — One of Cincinnati's most popular food festivals will return to the Court Street Plaza downtown on April 29 and April 30.

The Asian Food Festival will return Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The festival is celebrating its 12th year in Cincinnati and will bring local restaurants together in one place to serve small plates priced from $2 to $10.

The event itself is free to attend and those who do will be able to enjoy live entertainment, local craft and Asian beer and family activities as well as the food offerings from vendors.

“The Cincinnati region has continued to embrace Asian Food Fest and helped this event grow year-after-year,” says Rob Weidle, lead event manager for Asian Food Fest, in a press release. “We’re looking forward to another unique experience that represents many of the cultures and traditions within our community.”

Applications for restaurant, food truck and secret menu vendors are still open, so it's still unknown what kind of options visitors can look forward to this year, but in 2022 over 30 vendors representing 13 different Asian countries served up specialties. According to the press release, organizers expect that number to grow in 2023.

"Every year we try to give everybody the greatest experience possible at Asian Food Fest," says JP Leong, senior food procurement specialist at Asian Food Fest, in a press release. "We look for items you generally don't see on a regular basis in Cincinnati. We want people to feel what it’s like to go into our grandma's home for a meal and work with every vendor to give that experience."

In 2021, the first year the festival returned after canceling for the COVID-19 pandemic, event organizers said more than 40,000 people attended — though that year the event was held in October, instead of the spring. The festival kicked off its first year in Cincinnati in 2010.

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