Only after escaping the heinous town did I barely begin to appreciate the cultural diversity of the borough. Queens has the most highly concentrated number of ethnicities in the world and naturally boasts a ridiculously diverse gastronomic menu.
So why am I rambling on about Asians and Queens on Greenpointers? Well, as an Asian who grew up in Queens who now lives in Greenpoint (where all things awesome and relevant happen ((insert irony here))) I proudly announce the very first Asian Feastival.
Asian Feastival explores all the Asian Cuisines found in Queens whether it be Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, Pakistani, or Thai. If you’ve never tried kalbi, yak momo, mini dosas, or idiyappam now is your chance to give into your consumptive indulgences and expand your culinary palette (and leave Greenpoint for once).
The all day festival will feature tastings from restaurant favorites like Baohaus, panel discussions with blogger/writer Cathy Erway and Francis Lam, and cooking demos/talks teaching you all about Asian spices, the role of rice in Asian cuisine, the Asian fusion fiasco, and sustainable seafood. You can also buy typical fruits and veggies at the on-site Asian farmer’s market, take a food bike tour to local farms in Queens, and enjoy a walking culinary tour of Flushing. It promises to be a belly filling experience, one that I am most stoked to attend (pending awkward encounters with past church praise team members).