In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is proud to present its fifth annual food and heritage festival, “CelebrASIA Austin: Five Years, Five Spices” on Saturday, May 12 from 11 am to 4 pm. The AARC is located at 8401 Cameron Road, Austin, Texas 78754. Admission is free and open to the public.
To celebrate the five year anniversary of the AARC, our theme is Five Spices. Combinations of five are common in many Asian cuisines, making an endless number and variety of spice mixtures. These different spices can complement or subtly contrast each other, leading to the richness and complex flavor palettes within every dish.
At CelebrASIA this year, our culinary chefs and vendors will provide their own interpretation on how different spices can combine to make unforgettable food. Participating local Asian Pacific American restaurants include Atia’s Kitchen (Pakistani), Jenna’s Asian Kitchen (Pan Asian), Mom’s Taste (Korean), Tito Adobo (Filipino), SnoMo (Taiwanese), and Asahi (Japanese).
Attendees will enjoy Outdoor Cultural Performances throughout the day with Hema Mullur of CBS Austin serving as emcee. Children will enjoy spice-related arts and crafts, a moon bounce, and other ongoing programs. In addition, visitors can explore the indoor Cultural Experience Rooms, presented by local community organizations, featuring activities, clothing, décor, and artifacts from various regions of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Learn more about local service organizations at the Community Outreach Fair.
No on-site parking will be available. For alternative parking and transportation options, the AARC is partnering with Cap Metro to provide Park and Ride service with free Cap Metro Day passes on bus route #325-Ohlen from Dobie Middle School (1200 E Rundberg Ln, 78753). Direct shuttle service from KIPP Austin Collegiate (8004 Cameron Rd, 78754) will also be available.
CelebrASIA Austin highlights the growing Asian Pacific American population, which is the fastest growing demographic in Central Texas and constitutes nearly 8 percent of Austin’s population. Please visit the AARC website at austintexas.gov/aarc or on Facebook at facebook.com/events/155870788439904 for additional updates and program schedule.
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