Admittedly, I had no clue that this was a thing until I finally decided to flip through this month’s issue of Chopsticks NY that I picked up last week. It usually features upcoming events towards the back of the magazine pertaining to general Asian culture. The festival seems to be run in support by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, the NYS Council of the Arts and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Looking at past experience, these entities seem to organize authentic, enriching experiences for attendees.
The event will be held Sunday, May 27th between 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. It will be in Union Square North, on 17th street between Park and Broadway. This will be the festivals 17th year at this location!
The month of May is also Asian American heritage month, with Taiwanese American Heritage Week being celebrated during the event.
Their website seems to outline events ranging from stage performances, traditional children’s toys, calligraphy demonstrations and even a Taiwanese Night Market! Over recent years Taiwan has become renowned for their night markets; High quality and delicious foods can be found at reasonable prices, and judging by a video of last year’s festival the prices seem to honor this! I wouldn’t even know what to eat first.
Passport to Taiwan Festival is FREE to attend, and if the weather holds I most likely will be attending. We’ve has such bad weather here in New York, it’ll be nice to get out in some sunshine and try many different foods!
More information can be found at the official website here.
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