61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival – Aug 12-14th 0

The 61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival will take place at the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Old Town, August 12th through 14th. The Japanese cultural festival will feature Japanese arts, cuisine, and entertainment. Meet master craftpersons. Learn about bonsai and ikebana (flower arranging). There will be exhibitors offering Japanese textiles, t-shirts, kimonos, artwork and jewelry. There will also be Aikido, Judo and Kendo demonstrations. Live performances include aiko drumming by Ho Etsu Taiko and MBT Taiko, the MBT Minyo Group (Japanese folk dancing) and The Na Kupuna Ukulele group, as well as a special concert Saturday evening.

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There will be lots of traditional Japanese cuisine, including grilled Chicken Teriyaki dinners, udon, sushi, Spam musubi, edamame, grilled corn on the cob and Hawaiian shave ice. For dessert, try the kintoki (Japanese snow cone topped with sweet azuki beans). Japanese beer will also be available.

Check out their website for more details.

What: 61st Annual Ginza Holiday Festival, a Japanese cultural festival
Where: Midwest Buddhist Temple, 435 West Menomonee Street,
When: Friday, Aug. 12th, 5:30pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, Aug. 13th, 11:30am – 9:00pm; Sunday, Aug. 14th, 11:30pm – 5pm
How: Donation of $7 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. Free for children under 12 years.

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Chicago Cultural Alliance Presents World Dumpling Fest – Oct 7th 0

Chicago Cultural Alliance will be hosting the World Dumpling Fest on October 7th, from 11am to 6pm, at Millennium Park. There’s going to be cultural performances, artist booths, and of course, dumplings. The event will feature dumplings from Chicago area restaurants, serving up an international variety of foods wrapped in dough.

Participating restaurants include:

  • Tryzub Restaurant serving their Varenyky pierogi.
  • Ethiopian Diamond serving their Sambusas
  • Chow Bros. serving their gourmet pierogis
  • Himalayan Restaurant serving varies kinds of Momo.
  • Himmel’s serving the German dumpling, Spätzle.
  • Kamehachi serving a variety of shumai.
  • Sweet Station serving a variety of traditional Chinese dumplings.
  • Perfect Pasta serving different variations of Ravioli.
  • and more…

What: World Dumpling Fest
When: Saturday, October 7th, 2017, 11am – 6pm
Where: Chase Promenade South, Millennium Park
How: 3 dumplings for $10 or 18 dumplings for $50. Tasting passes can be purchased here.