Asian-Pacific Festival producing Taste of Asia downtown


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A fundraiser downtown this week will support an international festival in Grand Rapids.

Organizers of the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival are producing Taste of Asia this Thursday from 6-9 p.m. on the rooftop of the Varnum building downtown, at 333 Bridge St. NW.

Tickets include two drink tickets and food samples from various regions of Asia — including Chinese dim sum, Vietnamese food and Thai food.

There will also be a performance from Asian-American standup comedian Allen Trieu, as well as a martial arts demonstration, a lion dancer and modern dance by the Grand Valley Asian Student Union and K-GE.

Attendees will have a chance to win tickets to the Chinese Warriors of Peking event, Lunar New Year event and various Michigan-made products from the Grand Rapids International Wine, Beer & Food Festival.

Tickets are available online for those 21 and older for $25.

Free parking will be sponsored by Varnum.

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