The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.

The Asian Culture Festival Celebrates Its 22nd Year!

Homestead, Florida

Celebrating its 22nd exotic year, South Florida’s Annual Asian Culture Festival will feature a tantalizing selection of foods from many Asian countries including Thailand, China, Japan, the Philippines, Laos, Bangladesh, Korea, Iran and Vietnam. A variety of handicrafts, exotic plants and Asian produce will also be offered to the public, as well as educational displays featuring the countries, people and cultures of Asia.

At 12:00 pm each day, a reenactment of a Traditional Thai Wedding will take place – with a colorful wedding parade, dowry counting ceremony, engagement ceremony, paying respect ceremony and water pouring ceremony.

On the performing stage, a variety of ethnic Asian shows will be featured, from dances to the exciting Taiko drums, and martial arts. For sports enthusiasts, the festival offers the Sepet Takraw or kick volleyball tournament, a Muay Thai or Thai boxing exhibition and a demonstration of Tai Chi. Asian arts such as Thai fruit carving, the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana, and the Japanese art of paper folding – Origami – will  be demonstrated by master artists.

For kids attending the festival, a Kid’s Village has been established to offer a variety of activities of interest including games, storytelling, tile painting and a dance workshop. They can also visit Education booths from different Asian counties and have their passports stamped.

The Asian Culture Festival is organized by the Thai-American Association of South Florida with the support of the Miami-Dade County Asian-American Advisory Board and the Fruit and Spice Park. Additional information about the festival is available at  www.AsianCultureFestival.org.

WHAT:            22nd Annual Asian Culture Festival

WHERE:         Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187 Avenue, Homestead, Florida 33031

WHEN:           Saturday, March 3, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, March 4, 2012, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

ADMISSION: $10.00; Children 10 and under are free.