What to do during CelebrAsian 2022 in downtown Des Moines

The 2022 CelebrAsian festival presented by the Iowa Asian Alliance has returned to downtown’s Western Gateway for the weekend. 

This Friday and Saturday, the streets of downtown Des Moines appear alive with celebrations of Asian cultures and heritage from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Totally free parking is offered in the Nationwide Ramp (entrance at 12th and Walnut streets) for the entirety of the celebration. 

Below are some items to do when you examine CelebrAsian.

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Attempt a little something new or get a memento in a cultural village

Dotted through the festival are “villages,” or tents, that rejoice several countries’ traditions, apparel, food items and far more. At the Filipino village, sing your coronary heart out with karaoke. Consider your hand at drumming in the Japanese village, or pick up some Korean snack foodstuff in the Korea village. Quite a few villages have toys or souvenirs suitable to their international locations.

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Eat your way through Asia

Brown sugar boba milk bubble tea is a new item from Boba Tea 168 at the 2022 CelebrAsian festival.

With extra than 20 meals distributors to opt for from, competition-goers have lots of selections for treats, drinks and entire foods. Most goods are less than $10 and involve possibilities such as chicken satay at the Indonesian tent, bubble tea smoothies at Boba Tea 168 and egg rolls from The Egg Roll Ladies. An liquor and beverage tent is located at the corner of 12th and Locust streets, and loads of picnic tables line Locust Street and surround the most important stage.

Terong balado, an eggplant dish from the Indonesian Village, at the 2022 CelebrAsian festival.

Enjoy community artists carry out

On Friday and commencing at 11 a.m. on Saturday, performers just take the principal phase at the middle of the competition whose topic this year is “Tunes is Lifetime.” Performances are huge ranging, which include Asian American singer-songwriter Bryce Kai kicking off the effectiveness timetable, a theatrical Bollywood dance effectiveness, martial arts demonstrations and a K-pop dance functionality from College of Iowa group Lousy Bitzies. For the entire agenda of performances, bookmark the CelebrAsian party agenda.

Tavita Taue'etia plays the ukulele at the Pacific islander village during CelebrAsian at the Western Gateway Park in Des Moines,  Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.

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Watch a cooking demonstration

Near the Des Moines General public Library, the cooking demonstration tent sits in entrance of risers for competition goers to watch the preparation of their beloved Asian dishes. Regional cooks share their insider secrets to earning delicacies these kinds of as onigiri rice balls, moo ping, banh cuon and air-fried Hmong egg rolls.

If cooking isn’t your point, check out out the motor vehicle exhibit alongside 15th Street, choose the young children to perform on the inflatables at the corner of 15th Street and Grand Avenue or look at the table tennis competition on Grand Avenue.

Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout CelebrAsian at the Cooking Center.

Vote for the 2022 People’s Choice Awards

The Iowa Asian Alliance desires to know what competition goers liked most about this year’s CelebrAsian. Give your favored vendors, villages and automobiles the special honor of the People’s Decision Awards by voting on-line before 5 p.m. on Saturday, May possibly 28. Submit your vote for favored food items vendor, favored cultural knowledge, beloved all round village, or just one of several types for the motor vehicle display. Results will be introduced on Saturday at 5:40 p.m. for every little thing apart from vehicle awards, which will be introduced at 8 p.m.