The Cleveland Asian Festival is something I have been trying to get to for the past two years, but I know for sure the weather last year was not cooperating with me. The main reason I go to ethnic festivals is for the food :) and to learn about other cultures. It helps me get a taste of the countries I still want to visit - haha. I love Asian food and the Cleveland Asian Festival definitely delivered in that area. I went with my mom and two sisters to the festival and we beelined straight for the food and ordered from many different stands! I can't believe we had so much food, but it was totally worth it - I have pictures for evidence! Check out everything we ate:
Indian Curry, Sushi, and two samosas (one with chicken and another with sweet pea - everything was delicious! The curry was a little spicy :) the sweet pea samosa was a little sweet, which was a nice surprise!
Chutney Roll from the Asian Fusion Stand. This was my absolute favorite item we ordered. It was spicy and very flavorful with a nice blend of spices
A steam bun with pulled chicken - could definitely taste some cinnamon in there!
Steamed pork dumplings - very light - which was great!
Desserts from Koko Bakery - Strawberry mousse, cheesecake, rich chocolate brownie, key lime cake, and a custard mini pie with fruit - I only had a nibble of each :)
Lychee Bubble Tea - I am not a fan of lychee, but I did like the bubbles I was able to get through the straw ;)
My mom enjoying a bite of a red bean stuffed sesame bun - another dessert - not super sweet, but a very nice flavor
After we sampled food from the different stands, we walked around the outdoor exhibitors to see what authentic Asian items were being sold: umbrellas, clothing, accessories, etc. The items were all very beautiful. There were also stands from companies around the Greater Cleveland area, including Vitamix! A local company selling local organic honey was set-up at the festival...but I didn't have any money :( And they were selling baby honey bears!
Look at those little baby bears!! So cute - I just want to eat one!
My sister, Ashley, enjoying some healthy ice cream! The Vitamix guy was making and handing out samples of ice cream - made with fruit and spinach - very creamy and delicious!
Not too sure what this was for, but we had to get a picture with it!
There were also performers at the Asian Festival, including children dance groups, martial arts, musicians, and a dragon!
He was dancing to the drum and spitting tennis balls into the audience.
A big part of the festival was making a point to celebrate the Year of the Snake - which is my year! I learned that a snake does not settle for mediocrity ;) The snake is also a great and positive sign!! :) For those that don't know, the snake is part of the Chinese Zodiac - a 12-year cycle used for dating the years - with 12 animals. I don't really believe in Zodiac - I just think it is fun! And of course I had to get my picture will all of the snakes on display!
Python reticulatus by: Steven Gutierrez Sponsor: SCSDC
Naga; Sagacity Snake by Beth Gregerson Sponsor: ASI
Unexpected Stitch by: Sean Kelly Sponsor: Melt Bar & Grilled
Rocky B. Boa by: Lisa Ruschman Sponsor: Strauss Electric
Cloisonnake by: Carol Tomasik Sponsor: Asia Plaza
I really enjoyed the Cleveland Asian Festival and cannot wait for it next year! The rest of Saturday I took it easy. On Sunday, I went to church, soaked up some sun with Erika, then met Shannon for some retail therapy and a Whole Foods trip. I cannot wait to share my finds :) I also bake some protein bars that I will be sharing tomorrow - they are delicious! I unfortunately witnessed the Penguins loss - which is why this post is coming so late. Hope we rally on Wednesday! But, I need to sleep...I'm visiting my 38 kids tomorrow morning - from student teaching..haha.
What kind of festivals are near you?
Have you ever made your own protein bars? What kind?
How did you spend your weekend?