The 3rd annual Cleveland Asian Festival attracted more than 42,240 people over the weekend of May 19-20, 2012.
There were over 40 performances from local, regional, and national performing groups including this year’s headliner, MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew: Instant Noodles. Asian cuisine from over 20 different restaurants kept the attendees satisfied. The World Market was filled with merchants of Asian themed products while sponsors had informational displays at their tent.
There was also a Health Pavilion that provided free screenings and health information. The children activities area was a big hit with kids and families.
The Cleveland Asian Festival has continued to become the fastest growing festival in Northeast Ohio. Many groups came from surrounding cities such as Columbus, Pittsburgh and Akron, while a few came as far as New York, Florida, and even Italy. Surveys were conducted at the festival with results proving that not only it helps shape AsiaTown, but it brought an economic boost to the area, as well.
News anchor Lynna Lai told about the history, purpose and future of Asia Town and the Cleveland Asian Festival.