Cleveland, Ohio — The Ninth Annual Cleveland Asian Festival offered Cleveland residents and beyond a chance to discover, taste and experience the AsiaTown neighborhood within downtown Cleveland May 19-20. The festival was presented by Cleveland Public Power, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.
Encompassing the Asia Plaza at the intersection of East 27th and Payne Avenue and reaching out beyond its parking lot, thousands gathered for food, music, entertainment and more. Inside the plaza, guests were able to enjoy the benefits of free health screenings, samples of Chinese teas, and shop at all the different stores within. Outside, the food court, which included new food truck options debuting this year just outside the confides of the gated dining area, various vendors and two stages caused guests to flock to the neighborhood to discover exactly what AsiaTown has to offer.
The festival also boasts the title of fastest growing festival in the state, with an attendance of 48,800 the prior year. The smooth operation of the festival is only made possible by the massive volunteer force patrolling the grounds, ensuring that everyone in attendance had a wonderful time.
Photo by Roman Macharoni