The North Suburban YMCA will be filled with the sights, sounds, and aromas of Asian culture on Sunday, May 5, when it hosts the annual Northbrook Community Relations Commission’s “Taste of Asia” festival.
The event includes art exhibitions and demonstrations, music and dance performances, along with the wide selection of international foods to sample. The festival runs from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the NSYMCA, 2705 Techny Rd. in Northbrook.
Among the cultures represented at this year's Taste of Asia includes Bangladesh, China, India, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Thailand and Russia, according to a NSYMCA press release. Performances will include Korean and Russian children’s choirs, Filipino music, Japanese singers and a Thai instrument ensemble.
Local restaurants will also be on-site with regional specialties available for purchase.
Artists and antique vendors will also be at the festival, selling pottery, henna hand painting, jewelry and artifacts. Chinese painting demonstrations, dance performances and activities for children will round out the afternoon.
In honor of the event, the Y will dedicate its Community Gallery exhibit space to selected local Asian-American artists, with their works remaining on display throughout May.
Taste of Asia is open to the public. Admission is free. For more information regarding the event, contact Kendal Maltas at the Village of Northbrook, (847) 644-4017.