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This weekend, the Chinatown Business Improvement District is putting on a two-day Chinese Food Festival, aimed at getting folks out and about and eating in LA's historic Chinatown. Food and fun are on the menu, with attendees having the opportunity to sample tasty dishes from local restaurants, see Taiwan’s spectacular Hsiao Hsi Yuan Puppet Theatre, catch continuous showings of two of our favorite Chinese films, Eat Drink Man Woman and The Wedding Banquet, meet faculty and interns from the Yo San University School of Traditional Chinese Medicine who will offer free acupuncture demonstrations, tongue reading, and pulse analysis, and see some teapot-juggling, tai chi, martial arts, plate-spinning, bowl-kicking, and contortionists. There are tons of games and activities, including a kids' "Chinese Fear Factor." And...tons of food to eat. You can even taste some of Fosselman's Chinese-inspired flavors (and, hey--they're our #2 pick in the Ice Cream Summer series!)

The Festival will feature a cooking demonstrations by Chow Nam, Empress Pavilion Dim Sum chef; Frank Wong, of Malan Noodles, demonstrating the traditional art of pulling noodles; Linda Ma on Chinese vegetarian cooking; Lupe Liang of Hop Woo Restaurant demonstrating the traditional art of vegetable carving, and Chef F. Chan of Hop Woo cooking lobster and French-style beef; and Clifford Wright, author of The Mediterranean Feast, in his world debut as a Sichuan-style chef.

What: LA’s biggest celebration of Chinese food and culture
When: Saturday August 27th, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. & Sunday August 28th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Where: LA Chinatown’s historic Central Plaza, 943 – 951 North Broadway
How much it will cost me: $10 general adult admission (including two food tickets). Discounts: $8 for seniors (60+), $6 for youths between 5 – 12, free admission for kids under age 5, and $8 for persons who use Metro or other public transit to travel to the festival. (Only one discount per visitor.)