May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and in Old Town Fairfax, crowds got here out to have a good time and to eat.

The Asian Festival on Main in Old Town Fairfax showcased over 12 Asian international locations together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.
(WTOP/Shayna Estulin)

WTOP/Shayna Estulin

The Asian Festival on Main in Old Town Fairfax showcased over 12 Asian international locations together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.
(WTOP/Shayna Estulin)

WTOP/Shayna Estulin

The Asian Festival on Main in Old Town Fairfax showcased over 12 Asian international locations together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.
(WTOP/Shayna Estulin)

WTOP/Shayna Estulin

The Asian Festival on Main in Old Town Fairfax showcased over 12 Asian international locations together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.
(WTOP/Shayna Estulin)

WTOP/Shayna Estulin

The Asian Festival on Main in Old Town Fairfax showcased over 12 Asian international locations together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.
(WTOP/Shayna Estulin)

WTOP/Shayna Estulin

All all through May, WTOP is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with tales in regards to the individuals and locations shaping the D.C. area.

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and in Old Town Fairfax, crowds got here out to have a good time and to eat.

Visitors strolling by the blocked off roads alongside Main Street bought to pattern quite a lot of Asian cuisines from dozens of distributors, together with dishes like mango sticky rice, beef dumplings and hen yakitori.

Nini Nguyen, who’s of Vietnamese heritage, was making an attempt an unfamiliar Indonesian dish.

“It seems to be like shiitake mushrooms, bok choy, noodles, hen wontons and hen,” she described.

She mentioned she appreciated that the pageant drew a mixture of individuals from totally different Asian international locations in addition to non-Asians.

“It’s good to share our tradition with different cultures too,” Nguyen mentioned.

Tess Rollins, this 12 months’s chair of the Asian Festival on Main mentioned that over 12 Asian international locations had been represented together with the Philippines, Japan, Korea, India and Vietnam.

“We love to point out individuals how proud we’re of the place we grew up,” she instructed WTOP.

Rollins, who can be the Executive Director Old Town Fairfax Business Association, estimated that greater than 20% of companies in Old Town are Asian-owned. The pageant, now in its 4th 12 months, was the brainchild of 1 Main Street enterprise proprietor.

“She had an thought throughout COVID of getting the neighborhood and the neighborhood study extra about Asian cultures,” she mentioned.

Festivalgoers additionally had the chance to make to make origami artwork, have their identify handwritten in Chinese calligraphy, or purchase handmade crafts.

The pageant additionally featured a efficiency by the Choy Wun Lion Dance Troupe. The group carried out for the President ultimately 12 months’s Lunar New Year celebration on the White House.

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