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The city of Glendale, Arizona, celebrated its vibrant Asian community with the inaugural AZ Asian Cultural Festival on November 4th and 5th, 2023. Held at the Glendale Civic Center of the Art, the festival was a kaleidoscope of Asian cultures, bringing together diverse traditions under one roof.
— Mayor Jerry Weiers (@MayorWeiers) November 4, 2023
Culinary Delights: A Taste of Asia
The festival showcased a variety of Asian culinary offerings, from Malasadas Hawaiian Donuts to Thai cuisine by YUMMY THAI and LaMai Thai Cuisine, and Filipino flavors from Tambayan at Joann’s.
Merchandise and More
In addition to food, the festival featured an array of Asian merchandise. Neko MarT provided Japanese snacks, Hana Lima By Kolokea presented Hawaiian accessories, and attendees could purchase unique festival-themed merchandise.
A Word from the Mayor
Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers announced the festival’s transition to an annual event, highlighting its role in promoting cultural exchange and celebrating Arizona’s Asian community diversity.
Reflecting on the Festival’s Success
The festival’s success aligns with the growing Asian population in Arizona, emphasizing its role in celebrating and acknowledging this diverse demographic.
As the AZ Asian Cultural Festival prepares to become an annual celebration, it is anticipated to grow and showcase more aspects of diverse Asian cultures.