Food and culture will be showcased at AsianFest, which takes place April 30 at Prague’s Výstaviště. Doors open for the general public at 11:30 a.m.
Special districts in the exhibition grounds are dedicated to China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Korea.
Indonesia will also be among the participants and will present cuisine and a seldom-seen special traditional dance sponsored by the Embassy of Indonesia in Prague.
There will be more dance as well. On Main Street, by the entrance to the festival, there will be a dragon dance featuring a long paper dragon manipulated by dancers underneath it.
Main Street will also be home of martial arts lessons and demonstrations, a cinema showing Asian films and Thai massage.
More live entertainment will be on a stage with the last event starting at 8 p.m..Cooking lessons, more music and dance, and a samurai performance in full armor will be at the Ko Pha Ngan stage.
The main attraction of course is food, and eateries from across the city are participating with everything from Vietnamese coffee to sushi to pho to Thai curry to dim sum.
Most of the food is what one would expect but one stand will offer something a little different. Unusual dishes there will include frogs legs, pig ear salad, duck embryo and cooked insects. One highlight will be an auction of live scorpion that can be prepared according to the wishes of the lucky winner.
Entrance for the general public in advance is Kč 200 each in advance and Kč 250 at the door, and will also include the possibility to visit Sea World (Mořský svět), which is adjacent to the festival. Entry to Sea World is usually Kč 280 for adults, so it is a real bargain
More good news for families is that children under 13 years of age can enter AsianFest free of charge.
For Business Class, tickets are Kč 390 and allow people to enter at 10 a.m., an hour and a half ahead of the general public. There are also First Class tickets for Kč 1,200 with additional benefits including access to a VIP zone at the Asian Palace.
Except for First Class tickets, the entry price does not include festival tokens which are used to purchase food. Tokens cost Kč 50 each and can be purchased at several “Bank of Asia” stands.
AsianFest Prague 2016: www.asianfest.cz