Austin has its fair share of Asian restaurants and events. Locals here love to sample spicy curries and dubious foreign dishes as much as they love Buddha Bar’s zen music. As an Indian, I am always fascinated to see students around campus where t-shirts and bags with images of Hindu gods like Ram and Krishna and learning to read and write Hindi in their foreign language classes, something I never picked up!
Keeping with this trend, if you want to enjoy a cultural experience or just have some fun, come over to the food festival of Keep Austin Spicy at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday, March 24th from 11am-6pm!! (Map and driving directions here.)
With an entry fee of only $5, you can enjoy a gamut of performances including artists such as Oliver Rajamani, traditional Asian dances, martial arts demonstrations and a stint by the Austin Chinese Chanson Choir. They are also trying to get the largest audience participation Bollywood dance in Austin which I’m willing to pay more to watch (even better that I don’t have to!) Check out the performance schedule here.
Tip – reach early enough to enjoy The Papaya Interactive Stall and avail of workshops on Yoga, Tai Chi, Chinese medicine and music. Who knows, you might be persuaded to develop a healthy, lifelong habit like practicing yoga?
Did I mention kids below 10 years get in free? Believe it. The tots will love activities planned especially for them at the Interactive Stall all day long.
The Silk Road Bazaar features stalls and vendors selling handicrafts, photograhy and clothing from all over the world. The Tamarind Food Court features local Asian restaurants including Masala Wok and Thai Fresh. Check out a complete list of featuring vendors and restaurants here.
Note: You would have to dole out additional cash for food and bazaar shopping but the organizers have worked out affordable options for all, including vegetarians.
So go out and enjoy this beautiful Saturday with an Asian flair!
Post by Simrat Sharma