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The French Market hosts the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival on May 14

The Southern Lotus Lion Dance team will be among the attendees of the Asia-Pacific American Heritage Festival at the French Market, photo courtesy of Southern Lotus Lion Dance via Facebook.

The French Market has partnered with the Asian-Pacific American Society to host the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival. The inaugural event will take place at the French Market Flea Market on Saturday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with cultural programming, themed food kiosks and family activities.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival is a celebration of the people, traditions, achievements and contributions of the Pacific Rim in New Orleans by Asian Americans. The festival is free and open to the public.

“Collaborating with the French Market for our annual heritage festival makes sense because of the market’s rich cultural history and delicious cuisine. We are thrilled to celebrate our Pacific Island Asian American heritage with New Orleans,” said Dr. Wendy Jung, President of the Asian-Pacific American Society.

The festival will feature the flavors of Asia and the Pacific from seven local restaurants and community organizations representing India, Indonesia, Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam. Food will include Kusina pork adobo (pork shoulder braised in Filipino soy sauce, vinegar and garlic served over garlic fried rice with tomato and onion salad in vinegar and fish sauce), Milkfish kinilaw (Filipino-style ceviche with fish and shrimp, vinegar, coconut milk, green mango, chilli, red onion, bell pepper and ginger served with crackers) and steamed buns with Pho Orchid BBQ Pork.

Cultural programming, organized by the Asian-Pacific American Society, will include entertainment from many Asian community organizations, including the Shaolin Institute and Southern Lotus Lion Dance.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Asian-Pacific American Society to bring the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival to the French market,” said Jeremy Smith, Marketing Director at The French Market. “The French Market serves as a cultural hub for the city, not only for events, but also thanks to our vibrant community of vendors and traders from around the world who proudly represent New Orleans. What better way to celebrate our cultural diversity than to welcome culture bearers to our site to share their stories. »

11 a.m. Welcome to the festival MC: Sula Kim and APAS Asia-Pacific American Society (APAS)
11:30 a.m. Shaolin Mind, Body and Spirit Shaolin Institute Chinese community
12 p.m. Bharatanatyam Nritya Radhika Indian community
1 p.m. You are the most beautiful Fei-Yang Dance Team Chinese Association of New Orleans
1:15 p.m. Filipino folk song Hayley Wysinger Filipino-American Association of St. Tammany
1:30 p.m. The Medley of Dances of Chinese Ethnic Groups Fei-Yang Dance Team Chinese Association of New Orleans
1:45 p.m. Zen dance Yan Zhuang Chinese Association of New Orleans
2:30 p.m. sora calling sora Taiwan Association of New Orleans
3:15 p.m. Traditional southern style lion dance Southern Lotus Lion Dance Vietnamese Community – Baton Rouge
3:45 p.m. Closing of the Festival & Thanks MC: Sula Kim and APAS Asia-Pacific American Society

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The French Market district stretches from the shops of the Upper Pontalba building on Jackson Square to Crescent Park, including the shops of the Colonnade on Decatur Street and the open-air farmers and flea markets. The neighborhood is open daily and offers an eclectic variety of shops, restaurants, and events year-round.