Traditions, Taiko and Dim Sum
by Lindsey Asay – Eugene On The Cheap
February 3rd was just another Thursday for me…coffee, computer, repeat. For others it marked the 1st day of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Rabbit. If you didn’t get to celebrate, stop kicking yourself, the Oregon Asian Celebration can help. Entering its 26th year as Oregon’s longest running Asian festival, the annual celebration returns February 19 -20 to the Lane Events Center in Eugene.
The theme for this years event is “Nurturing Traditions”. According to David Tam, the event chairman, the theme is all about providing popular Asian cultural activities for festival-goers and nurturing the next generation to experience and appreciate cultural traditions. With more than a dozen Asian heritages represented at the event, there is no shortage of activities for adults and kids alike. Ranging from performances by Portland Taiko, one of the West Coast’s premier taiko drumming groups, to cooking demonstrations and over 75 vendors showcasing sushi making supplies, bonsai plants, jewelry, clothing and more.
If drumming and shopping aren’t your idea of a good time, don’t worry. There will also be performances by 15 different martial arts schools, more than 20 Asian food vendors tempting your taste buds, an Asian heritage exhibit of Lane County, a preview of a three-day anime convention experience with popular video games and karaoke and Asian craft demonstrations by more than a dozen artisans. You can finally learn how to make that life-mask or ukulele like you’ve always wanted.
Kids can pick up a Passport to Adventure booklet (while supplies last) at the entrance, to take around the event. There will be clues to various passport destinations, find the destination and get your passport stamped! If you have a younger child, pictorial clues of the passport stamp will be up to make it easier. Once the passport is completely stamped, children can visit the Eugene Springfield Asian Association Youth (ESAAY) booth to receive a prize.
With so much to do and only $4 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under, this event is a not-to-miss for those on a budget. Doors open at 10:00 a.m. both days (Feb. 19 & 20). The event closes at 7:00 p.m. on February 19 and at 6:00 p.m. on February 20.
I’ll see you at the ukulele making booth!26th Annual Oregon Asian Celebration
Lane Events Center 796 W. 13th Avenue, Eugene OR 97402 Saturday-Sunday, February 19 & 20 Hours: Saturday– 10am-7pm Sunday– 10am-6pm