West Metro Asian Fair Takes Place June 3 at Hilde Performance Center
Plymouth’s Hilde Performance Center is no stranger to large crowds and awe-inspiring talent.
And on Saturday, June 3, the venue will host an event of a different sort: the Twin Cities West Metro Asian Fair.
“Taekwonko, kung fu, everything you can think of, it’s all going to be on stage,” said Chen Zhou, one of the committee members for the West Metro Asian Fair.
“I’m really interested in all the students and families getting together and appreciating culture,” said Eram Mashadi, a teacher with Wayzata Schools who also helped organize the event. “You know, students are going to be sharing their heritage, performing. So it’s just going to be a great event.”
The event is a celebration of diversity in the west metro, put together by an organizing committee consisting of local parents and community leaders.
“We live here and this is our home,” said Fang Yu Kan, one of the other committee members. “And we really want to kind of display our culture and increase that mutual understanding with our neighborhood.”
Cuisine will be a big part of this cultural event, as a number of different food trucks and other restaurants will be on site.
“If you want to try any different Asian food so that you know the difference between Chinese food and Japanese food and Indian food, you can come and try here,” said Dr. Subhashini Mahipathi, one of the committee members.
Meanwhile, the Hilde stage will be heavily utilized, with cultural performances from a variety of performers taking place throughout the day.
“Every culture has their stories,” said Ragnni Sharrma, a committee member. “And definitely it’s worth to come and watch and learn something from us, and we will also learn from you.”
Organizers expect this free event to attract upwards of 3,000 people. Ever person in attendance will learn something about Asian culture.
“We want to teach, not just our kids, we also want to share who we are and where we are from, but we still belong here,” said Dr. Mahipathi.
If you go, the event begins at 11 a.m. and goes until 7 p.m. The West Metro Asian Fair in Plymouth is free and open to the public.