ASIAFest Today!

The Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Institute has teamed up with the Asian-American Coalition of Florida to host the 28th annual Asia Fest event in conjunction with the 8th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Race and the International Beer Festival. The expected attendance this year will be well over 5,000 people! Be prepared for an amazing day!

Asia Fest will be held in Cotanchobee Park, adjacent to the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina and the location of the athlete’s village for Tampa Bay Dragon Boat Races.

Admissions: Everyone gets in for FREE!!!!!!!

When: April 30th 11:00 AM

Where: Cotanchobee Park Channelside District 601 Channelside Dr. Tampa, FL 33602

An amazing day filled with entertainment, ethnic food, a raffle to win prizes, the Dragon Boat race competition, the Miss Asia Fest competition, the International Beer Festival, and so much more!

Hope For Japan: Charity Dinner and Candlelight Vigil @ USF Tampa

“We all know of the devastation that happened in Japan on March 11, 2011.

-A deadly 8.9 earthquake and a massive 23 foot tsunami stormed the country
-The effects of this natural disaster has killed over 10,000 innocent people and left over 500,000 homeless and thousands have been without power
-The effects of these disasters are devastating, still lingering within Japan and they need our help!

We need to come together as the University of South Florida and show that we care and we want to help this country in need.

Together as one we will make the difference…

Hope for Japan Charity Dinner and Vigil
Date: 4/7/11 5pm-7:30pm
Location: MLK Plaza

All donations will go to Charity
$5 per ticket
Enjoy speakers and performances
Tickets will be sold at the event
Raffles will be sold off. Come out and win gift certificates and other things for donating to Japan relief!

Food provided by:
Sushi Tsu
The Rack
China First Buffet
Tum Nak Thai

Hosted by:
Japanese Club at USF
Chinese Culture Language Club
Vietnamese Student Association
Korean American Student Association
Asia Students in America
Red Cross Club
Association of Filipino Students
Khmer Student Organization
Sigma Beta Rho
alpha Kappa Delta phi
Pi Delta Psi

Facebook event:

PhilFest 2011 in Tampa Next Weekend April 8th-10th!

Next weekend is the annual PhilFest in Tampa. Replicating a typical Filipino fiesta, PhilFest showcases various facets of Filipino culture, art, music and food. The event will run from Friday to Sunday with food and entertainment throughout. Saturday will be the big day with lots of performers and the annual Philfest Revolution Dance Competition (USF’s very own Association of Filipino Students will be competing this year-Go Bulls!).

AFS dancing at PhilFest 2009.

One of my favorite dances to watch is Tinikling. Here is a video from 2009.

Several Filipino dishes will be sold at the event (a Filipino food lovers paradise) and some examples include la paz batchoy, pancit molo, bacolod chicken, pancit palabok, pork barbeque, halo-halo, baked pastries, and much more. For a full list of vendors click here. Filipino food is scarce in Tampa so don’t miss this opportunity to try some Filipino dishes.

Cost: $5 advance tickets, $6 at the door

Event location: (Bayanihan Arts and Events Center) 14301 Nine Eagles Drive Tampa, FL 33626

Event website:

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Japan Day: Japan Relief in Tampa

Many local Tampa Bay residents ran a relief event yesterday called Japan Day. Volunteers included Japanese teachers, exchange students, Japanese Club at USF members, and many more. Many booths were at the event and including an origami booth, food stands, kimono (yukata) photo booth, and performances. The event raised over $2,600 for Japan Relief and it’s really great to see everyone coming together as a community to help Japan. Japan continues to suffer from the many deaths and missing people and even today radiation from the nuclear plant explosions that were a result of the massive earthquakes and tsunami continues to make food unsafe in Japan, bringing the Japanese public a silent unrest that has been reported on by many news sources. The supporters at Japan Day creatively used Japanese cuisine to help raise funds and I wanted to show everyone how people are coming together to make a difference.

When you think of the hard work that must have gone into preparing these foods, you realize just how much of a heart people have.

I’ll be posting a few events on my food blog that you can attend if you wish to support Japanese relief in the Tampa area. We can come together and make a difference to the suffering happening in another part of the world and impact them with our thoughts and effort.