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Cincinnati Asian Food Fest: Times, Restaurants and More

The 11th annual Asian Food Fest returns to Cincinnati this weekend. Coinciding with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the two-day event will celebrate Asian cuisine, entertainment and culture with performances, food vendors and activities at Court Street Plaza downtown.

More than 35 regional restaurants and food trucks will be present at the festival, representing cuisine from 13 Asian countries. Asian Food Fest 2022 is presented by Kroger and Procter & Gamble and produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati.

Entrance to the festival is free.

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When is the Asian Food Festival?

Asian Food Fest takes place Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Court Street Plaza in downtown Cincinnati.

Which restaurants and food trucks are participating?

Attendees will have a choice of over 35 regional restaurants and food trucks, as well as local crafts and Asian beer. Meals will be sold in “small plates” with prices ranging from $2 to $8.

Here are the participating restaurants:

  • Angie Tee’s kitchen.
  • Black Lotus Dumpling Teahouse.
  • Blesame International Catering.
  • Boba Cha.
  • Nepalese bridges.
  • Gourmet from China.
  • Chino street food.
  • Christine’s casual restaurant.
  • Cinsoy foods.
  • Deme Kitchen.
  • Hawaiian dinner.
  • Eam Kruesah.
  • Evolve the bakery.
  • Hi Mark.
  • Cuisine of Kampuchea.
  • Kona ice cream.
  • Kung Fu tea.
  • LALO Chino Latino.
  • Mahope.
  • Coffee pot of milk.
  • Neko Sushi.
  • OH! Boba.
  • Ono Turo Turo.
  • Pho Lang Thang.
  • Quan Hapa.
  • Red sesame.
  • Foodtruck SEA Cuisine.
  • Sawasdee Thai cuisine.
  • Shanghai on the elm.
  • Korean stone bowl.
  • Streetpops.
  • Tea and bowl.
  • Thai Express.
  • Travelin’ Tom coffee truck.
  • Vannon’s Cambodian street food.
  • Wendigo Tea Company.

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Nick Ho of Chino's Street Food prepares a batch of vegetarian fried rice at the Asian Food Fest on May 11, 2019.

Who is efficient?

Asian Food Fest will be headlined by singer-songwriters Kiyomi and Jamieboy on Saturday. Other notable acts include Katherine Ho, Simon Tam and Joe Jiang of The Slants, as well as local artists.

Check out the full Asian Food Fest entertainment schedule below:

Saturday May 7

main stage

12 p.m.: Sayaw FilipinoOH

1 p.m.: Mark Joshua Music

2 p.m.: Pamama dance group

3 p.m.: GCCCEA Youth Group

4 p.m.: Joy Deng Flower Dance

5 p.m.: FASO / Dancing kimonas

6 p.m.: Gajdi Jawani (Bhangra Group)

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: Kiyomi and Jamieboy

DJ stage

11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: DoBoy x AstroPat x Druskii

1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.: DJ Das

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.: Mowgli

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.: LoKeez x Druskii

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: Vusif

9 p.m. – 10 p.m.: DoBoy

Sunday May 8

main stage

12 p.m.: Alena (Hula)

1 p.m.: UCKD

2 p.m.: FACPA / FASO Dance Troupe

3 p.m.: Katherine Ho + The Slants

5 p.m.: Taiko Drums – Dayton

DJ stage

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.: | v |

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Spam

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: K.elgusain

5 p.m. – 8 p.m.: Ani Cheng x AstroPat

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