The 31st Annual Celebration of Asian-Pacific American Heritage takes place at AsiaFest 2014 at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park this Saturday. Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park is located between the Marriott Waterside hotel and Tampa Bay History Center in the Channelside district.
Opening ceremonies start at 11am and then there is entertainment from 11:30am to 230pm. There is no admission charge. Experience the tastes, sights and sounds of sixteen unique countries from all over Asia. Entertainment includes brilliantly colorful dance performances, traditional music and the 5th Annual Miss Asia Fest. Asia Fest is an annual celebration of “National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month,” which has been held in downtown Tampa since 1982. The goal of Asia Fest is to share Asian culture with the public and promote the bond of friendship and better understanding between the East and the West. Each year the event has been coordinated by the Asian Coalition of Florida (AACF). See Asian cultural performances, martial arts, and fashion shows. Asia Fest presents a colorful, festive celebration that features cultural entertainment and Asian ethnic food representing Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. Several key local Asian Pacific restaurants are on board as food vendors. The food is definitely a highlight of the event! The anticipated crowd size should be around 10,000 so come and enjoy the fun. Parking is available at public and private lots near the Forum. The Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races on Garrison Channel will be going on at the same time.
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