CINCINNATI -- Break out the stretchy pants!
Asian Food Fest, a celebration of culture, cuisine and entertainment, returns to the Queen City Saturday and Sunday. Thirty-three regional restaurants and food trucks will dish out small plates priced from $2 to $6.
The festival runs noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday on Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium. The event is free and open to the public. A record crowd of 40,000 enjoyed Asian Food Fest in 2018.
Cynthia Oxley, director of Asian Food Fest, said moving the event to The Banks allows the festival to feature more vendors and serve more people. The festival was held at Washington Park last year.
Bao Nguyen from the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati said the growth of the festival mirrors Cincy’s expanding Asian food scene.
“This is our ninth production of Asian Food Fest, and we’re proud to have created a new and continuously growing Cincinnati tradition,” Nguyen said.
2019 Asian Food Fest Restaurants & Food Trucks:
(Bold = New this year )
- Adelinda’s Lumpia
- Bamboo Kitchen
- Boba cha
- Bread House Bakery Cincy
- Bridges Nepali Cuisine
- China Gourmet
- Christine's Casual Dining
- Dai Trang Bistro
- Dope! Noodle and Dumpling Shop
- Eam Kruesah
- HaolePino Hawaiian-Filipino Island Cuisine
- Huit Food Group
- Injoy Street Food
- Kona Ice
- Kung Fu Tea
- Lang Thang Group "Pho Lang Thang/Quan Hapa"
- Men Can Cook by Citrus and Sago
- Ono Grindz
- Our Lady of Lavang Church
- Pho Kimmy
- Poke Hut
- Puffs N' Buns
- Roll On In
- Saigon Market Street Food
- SiamOrchid Thai Restaurant
- Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant
- Tea 'n' Bowl
- Thai Express
- Vannon's Cambodian Street Food
- Yat Ka Mein Noodle House
The following streets will close at 4 p.m. on Friday and will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday:
- Freedom Way- closed between Elm Street and Marian Spencer Way
- Race Street- closed south of Second Street (Garage access will be maintained)
- Rosa Parks St- closed between Second Street and Ted Berry Way (Garage access is maintained)
- Ted Berry Way- closed west of the roundabout