MIAMI – The Thai-American Association of South Florida together with the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board, and the Miami-Dade Parks & Recreation Department will offer a daytrip to the continent of Asia via the 30th Annual Asian Culture Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on March 7-8, the community is invited to visit Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Avenue, Homestead, FL 33031. Admission to the festival is $14 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.asianculturefestival.net/.
The annual fun-filled family event celebrates the diversity of Asian cultures through an enchanting journey of music and dance, performances, demonstrations, arts, and hand crafts, highlighted by a tasty selection of authentic Asian cuisine. All of the flavors of Asia will be on full display, including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Iran, South Korea, Turkey, India, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Israel, Laos, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Vietnam, and Mongolia.
The two-day festival will offer a range of entertainment that is set to dazzle audiences of all ages with drummers, dancers, musicians, martial artists and others expressing their heritage through shared cultural experiences. Featured performances include a Lion Dance, the Thai Dance Troupe of Miami, a Thai traditional drummer, and Fushu Daiko Japanese Taiko drummers, which will embrace traditions with extravagant costumes, original instruments and dance styles rooted in historical celebrations, that date back more than thousands of years.
An array of family-friendly activities will be curated for children, to actively experience and learn the traditions, contribution, and heritage of Asia. Children will receive a traveling Passport as they embark on educational adventures visiting each country, where they will learn how to write their name in Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Thai and more. A children’s playground will boast enjoyable games such as rock climbing, a bounce house and more.
Additional unique programs include: Traditional Thai Fruit and Vegetable Carving, Free Ikebana & Japanese Flower Arrangement workshops at the Coral Rock Auditorium and local K-pop dancers. Asian arts, crafts, cultural products and a variety of plants will also be on display and available for purchase.
“We’re proud to once again be a part of the 30th Annual Asian Culture Festival,” said Consul General Kenji Hirata. “We embrace every opportunity we have to share the unique aspects of Japanese culture and tradition with the South Florida community.”
With the continuous loyalty of the Asian-American community, and Asian-enthusiasts alike, the Asian Culture Festival attracted more than 15,000 visitors last year. The festival seeks to continue bringing together the South Floridian community at large, for years to come; promoting the importance of cultural diversity and inclusivity in building a vibrant, prosperous and healthy community.
For more information, please contact Asian-American Advisory Board Director Joshua Ho at 305-375-1570. The Office of Community Advocacy, under the Board of County Commissioners, is charged with making Miami-Dade County "One Community" that embraces our diverse and unique population. Follow @AdvocacyMDC on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and follow @mdcaaab on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.