Asian American Resource Center
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Asian American Resource Center is proud to present its fifth annual food and heritage festival, “CelebrASIA Austin: Five Years, Five Spices” on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To celebrate the five year anniversary of the AARC, the center’s theme is “five spices.” Combinations of five are common in many Asian cuisines, making an endless number and variety of spice mixtures. These different spices can complement or subtly contrast each other, leading to the richness and complex flavor palettes within every dish.
During this year’s CelebrASIA, the event’s culinary chefs and vendors will provide their own interpretation on how different spices can combine to make unforgettable dishes. Participating local Asian Pacific American restaurants include Atia’s Kitchen (Pakistani), Jenna’s Asian Kitchen (Pan Asian), Mom’s Taste (Korean), Tito Adobo (Filipino), SnoMo (Taiwanese), and Asahi (Japanese).
Attendees will enjoy outdoor cultural performances throughout the day, with Hema Mullur of CBS Austin serving as emcee. Children will enjoy spice-related arts and crafts, a moon bounce, and multiple other ongoing activities. In addition, visitors are welcome to explore the indoor Cultural Experience Rooms, presented by local community organizations and featuring activities, clothing, decor and artifacts from various regions of Asia and the Pacific Islands.
No on-site parking will be available. For alternative parking and transportation options, the AARC is partnering with Cap Metro to provide Park and Ride service with free Cap Metro Day passes on bus route #325-Ohlen from Dobie Middle School (1200 E. Rundberg Ln.). Direct shuttle service from KIPP Austin Collegiate (8004 Cameron Rd.) will also be available.
Admission is free and open to the public. The AARC is located at 8401 Cameron Rd. https://www.austintexas.gov/aarc