Eighth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration Set for May 19 in SF’s Little Saigon

SAN FRANCISCO - The largest gathering of Asian Pacific Americans in the nation is back and bigger than ever, this year showcasing the return of the Arts & Crafts World Market, an extravaganza of unique handmade products and artworks. The fair will also feature a scrumptious collection of pan-Asian delights and sweets, along with the Bay Area’s favorite food trucks.

Co-presenting sponsor Subaru of America amid a crowd of thousands at the 2011 street fair.

For the first time ever, the fair will feature celebrity cooking demonstrations – including lessons from renowned chef Martin Yan and Slanted Door’s Charles Phan!

To get the day off to a good start, Thai monks from Wat Buddhapradeep in San Bruno will perform a blessing at Fulton Street Stage  at 10 a.m. Then officially kicking off the fair at 11 a.m. will be the Faces of Asia Cultural Procession Рa dazzling display of traditional ethnic attire with nearly 200 participants, organized by Au Co Vietnamese Cultural Center.

Popular returning fair features for people of all ages include the j-cars, wine area, children’s area, healthy living pavilion, cultural procession, free film screenings presented by the Center for Asian American Media, along with performances by Asian American artists, DJs, and martial arts experts. The fair will also offer free hepatitis B screenings.

The Arts & Crafts World Market will showcase the best and most creative Asian-themed arts and crafts items. All vendors will be carefully juried, and shoppers can expect to find the highest level of hand-crafted goods.

Fairgoers will also be able to enjoy free general admission to the Asian Art Museum courtesy of Target.

The 8th annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration will be held Saturday, May 19, 2012 in San Francisco, stretching from the Asian Art Museum up to Little Saigon. The event is free and open to the public.

What:
Eighth Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration

When:
Saturday, May 19, 2012
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where:
Civic Center/Little Saigon District
Larkin and McAllister Streets
San Francisco, CA

Information:

www.asianfairsf.com

OPEN CALL FOR PARTICIPATION

BE A VENDOR

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) is currently inviting arts & crafts, food, community, and corporate partners to join us as booth vendors. If you are an Arts & Crafts vendor, be sure to ask about the Arts & Crafts World Market!

To be a vendor at this family friendly event for people of all ages, download a booth application at http://asianfairsf.com/fair-info/booth-registration/ or contact Carrolyn Kubota at ckubota@awfoundation.com or 415-373-4003.

PERFORM AT THE FAIR

Far East Movement performs at the 6th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration on May 15, 2010.

Musicians, vocalists, dance groups and other entertainers are encouraged to apply.

To apply, email a brief biography/resume, video and/or audio links, website/facebook/myspace or other applicable online supplementary material to: Christine Padilla at AHSC.Artists@gmail.com

Email subject line: Artists Submission/AHSC 2012 – Artist Name

Deadline: Friday, March 9, 2012

http://asianfairsf.com/performances/artist-signups/

SPONSOR THE EVENT

Support the largest pan-Asian celebration nationwide utilizing print, online, and experiential media. Sponsorships are tailored to your needs, ensuring you will have the most impact and return on your investment. For details and to request a sponsorship packet contact Charlene Cervantes at ccervantes@awfoundation.com or (415) 373-4006. Learn more about 2012 Sponsorships here.

WALK IN CULTURAL PROCESSION

Participants from the 2011 Asian Heritage Street Celebration's Faces of Asia Cultural Procession. Photo by Jong Arcega.

Dress in ethnic attire for the “Faces of Asia” cultural procession, which kicks off the street fair at 11 a.m. All ages and ethnicities wanted. Email your name, contact, and ethnic costume to: Hang Le To at hangleto@yahoo.com, by May 9, 2012.

SCHOOLS: PARTICIPATE IN FUND RAISING PROGRAM

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) invites local schools to participate in our “Make Some Money for Your School” Raffle Program! Last year, SFUSD and Catholic schools raised over $17,000! This is a FREE program to participate in and is organized annually by the AsianWeek Foundation with the goal of helping local schools fundraise. Prizes include round-trip Virgin America tickets, $500, restaurant certificates, sports memorabilia, and more! Tickets are sold for $3 and at least $2 goes directly back to each school. The top selling school in each division (elementary, middle, and high), will be awarded an additional $500 cash prize, and each school that sells at least 20 raffle tickets will receive a $100 bonus. There will be multiple prize drawings throughout the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration on Saturday, May 19 at Civic Center. Winners need not be present to win. To sign up your school for this great fundraising opportunity, contact: Angela Pang at apang@asianweek.com or (415) 373-4002.

DONATE PRIZES TO THE MAKE SOME MONEY FOR YOUR SCHOOL RAFFLE PROGRAM

The “Make Some Money For Your School” Raffle Program, managed by the AsianWeek Foundation, is no cost fundraiser for schools. Students sell raffle tickets for a chance to win donated prizes, and ALL proceeds go straight to participating schools. Consider donating an item, gift certificate, product or service, and give your company exposure to an estimated 100,000 festival attendees. For more information contact Angela Pang at apang@asianweek.com or (415) 373-4002.

VOLUNTEER

There are over 100 volunteer positions: event monitors, information booth, stagehands, barricade monitors, t-shirt sales, general set up and tear down, and more. Commemorative t-shirts, snacks, and refreshments provided. Sign up online today: Volunteer Sign Up Form.