This Saturday marks the Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Annual Eggroll Festival.The festival is scheduled from 10 am. to 11:30 p.m. September 3 at Ben Thanh Plaza, 1818 E. Pioneer Pkwy in Arlington.This year the festival will take place in three parts, in between which guests can shop and eat in the Plaza. Chamber President Yen Nguyen said she expects “thousands will be in and out of the free event throughout the day.”
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A beautiful showcase of Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, Hawaiian and Cambodian cultural dance and musical performances will take place. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of available business, community and municipal resources.“The Chamber is here to act as a bridge between the community, the city and the companies,” said Nguyen, adding that the Chamber is a resource to help residents “find a solution for the concerns that the community” may have.More than 30 vendors will set up booths at this year’s event to promote Asian-owned businesses, recruit for job placement, and conduct free healthcare services for Arlington residents.“For this festival, Colorful World Foundation and many other health professionals come in and prescreen and educate residents so they know about their health and what condition they’re in,” Nguyen said.Residents in attendance will have access to free flu shots, free diabetes testing, blood pressure check, free dental exams and information related to health and insurance. Nurses will be available to answer any health questions and provide consultation to participants about the next step to take to address any health issues.Another existing part of the event is the dessert contest. Contestants will be asked to whip up their best homemade Asian dessert. Three winners will be announced after each dessert is judged for appearance, aroma, texture, consistency, creativity and originality among other things. Prizes will range from $200 to $500 with three honorable mentions. The dessert contest is sponsored by Ben Thanh Plaza.
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Children will take place in a Moon Festival, a Vietnamese traditional lantern parade. More treats and games will be given out after a dragon dance, which will conclude this part of the event. The portion of the event is a collaboration between TCAACC, Ben Thanh Plaza and Vovinam DFW.
8 p.m. to midnight
Finally, live music will close out the night.
Tarrant County Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s 21st Annual Eggroll Festival
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.Date: Saturday, September 3, 2016Place: Ben Thanh Plaza , 1818 E. Pioneer Pkwy in ArlingtonCost: Entry is free to all.More info: Visit http://tcaacc.com/