Food and Food-Adjacent AAPI Month Events
Get out and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Island culture
By Ellen Daly,
2:00PM, Thu. May 12, 2022
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and you can celebrate by dancing to DJ sets, reading a memoir, taking a cooking class, or snacking on sushi at a food fest!
Check out our roundup of events supporting AAPI-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations – you might just find your new favorite artist, go-to book club, local bakery, or weeknight takeout spot. The options are endless, but space is limited for some, so fill out those RSVP forms while you fill up your calendar.
Saturday, May 14, 6-10pm
Almost Real Things Magazine HQ, 820 Shelby Ln. #103
Cleanse, release, and celebrate with R I T U A L S, a dance party and art show highlighting local AAPI creatives. GA tickets guarantee access to a Jack Daniels and Austin Beerworks-sponsored open bar, vendor market, and DJ set (Lonny Sound), and VIP upgrades are available and include food from Austin Kuih Co and Gan Bei Gals. The event is co-hosted by local creative organization _OFCOLOR and Nina Ho.
Tuesday, May 17, 7-8:30pm
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron
Feed your brain and your stomach with this month’s Hyphenated meeting. The local book club, which focuses on contemporary Asian American literature, is currently reading Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart, and its discussion will be followed by an H Mart-inspired cooking class. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot online.
Sunday, May 22, noon-4pm
Storytimes with culturally diverse children’s books, portraits, coloring pages, and more are the spotlight of this celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture. Also features seven local AAPI female founders and creatives, including Cookie Wookie Kitchen.
Saturday, May 26, 11am–5pm
Austin Bouldering Project is partnering with Austin Food Adventures to host an AAPI fest featuring food from eight local vendors including Steamies and Penang Shack, art and other goods from local artists, a lion dance, yoga, and a short film.
Sunday, May 29, 11:30am-8:30pm
5540 N. Lamar
Find your new favorite restaurant at ATX Asian Food Fest! Attendees can anticipate sipping organic lemonade from CITRUS, enjoying Viet street food from Ăn Là Ghiền, chewing on short ribs from Shoyu Sugar, and finishing off with Ube Oreo Banana Pudding from San Marcos’s WEH. All proceeds from the event will benefit local nonprofit Open Eyes Beyond Border, which provides disaster relief, organizes COVID-19 vaccination drives, and hosts community wellness events.
Tso Chinese Delivery is collaborating with Peached Tortilla and Chi’Lantro in donating a portion of proceeds to Austin Asian Community Health Initiative. During the month of May, $1 for every order of General Min’s Shrimp & Chicken will benefit AACHI, which partners with the local Asian community to advance public health initiatives through education, advocacy, and more.