AsianFest will offer some strange food items

Mixed in with well-known standards, visitors can find pig ear salad and a cooked scorpion

While AsianFest Prague is billed as a food festival, it offers quite a bit more. The one-day festival on April 30 will take place at Prague's Výstaviště, with areas dedicated to China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan and Korea. Doors open for the general public at 11:30 a.m.

Aside from a choice of food there will be martial arts and a stage with live entertainment with the last event starting at 8 p.m.. There will also be an after-party.

The entire area will be decorated with lanterns and other colorful items to create the feeling of visiting the Far East. The stage area will be reminiscent of the Ko Pha Ngan beaches of Thailand.

Most of the food is what one would expect but one stand will offer something a little different for those in an adventurous mood. 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.

While most people still are a bit reluctant to give cooked insects a try, experts say that they are a better for the environment than meat and will grow in popularity as an answer to world hunger. So visitors have a chance to get in on the new trend.

The first place that visitors will encounter on entering AsianFest Prague is Main Street, which will be home of martial arts lessons and demonstrations, a cinema showing Asian films and Thai massage.

Eight different martial arts disciplines from judo to tai chi will be demonstrated by 10 different organizations. In total, there are 14 programs to show new ways to stay fit and defend yourself. For those seeking something less strenuous, there are also calligraphy lessons.

Another highlight on Main Street is a dragon dance, which will feature a long paper dragon manipulated by dancers underneath it. The dance is meant to bring good luck.

More entertainment such as cooking lessons and a samurai performance in full armor will be at the Ko Pha Ngan stage. Thailand in particular has a policy to use cuisine as an entry point to promote more of its culture, and Thai dance will be on the program.

Not all of the entertainment is traditional. K-Pop and Bollywood dance is also scheduled.

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. Each national cuisine has its own street or district of stands.

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.

The afterparty, called Full Moon Party, is at Fashion Club at nám Republiky 8 and starts at 10 p.m.

More information:
AsianFest Prague - Programme
AsianFest Prague - Restaurants
AsianFest Prague - Tickets

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