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Nov 2, 2007 06:12 AM

Food Festivals in Bham this weekend

There are a ton of food festivals being held in Birmingham this weekend! Dax, you should appreciate this one -- Taste of Asia. It's being held this Saturday at Cedars Club, 301 Green Springs Ave. South, just east of Green Springs Highway. Participating restaurants are: Black Pearl Chinese Restaurant, Dragon Chinese Restaurant, Golden City Chinese Restaurant, Hunan Chinese Restaurant, Top China Buffet, U China Buffet, Mr. Wang's Chinese Restaurant, Aha Bite Indian Restaurant, Curry and Kabob Indian Restaurant, Silver Coin Indian Restaurant, Ichiban Japanese Steak House, Kimono Japanese Restaurant, Shono Japanese Grill, Sumo Japanese Steak House, Christina Blackburn at AFC Sushi Concession at Vestavia Publix, Joseph Pau at AFC Sushi Concession at Vestavia Wal-Mart Marketplace, Asian Restaurant, and Pho Que Huong Vietnamese Restaurant.

The Moss Creek Festival is being held at the Preserve in Hoover on Saturday & Sunday. Participating restaurants: Bottletree Cafe, Cantina, Feed & Seed Market, Metro Market, Wright Dairy & Ice Cream, and Higher Ground coffee company. This one does not look near as intriguing as the Taste of Asia.

Jewish Food Festival at the Jewish Community Center for a brief period of Sunday. The menu includes brisket, falafel, matzo ball soup, potato knishes, pastrami sandwiches, corned beef sandwiches, and strudels.

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I think I'll try the Taste of Asia. What better way to try several new things all in one location!!!

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  1. Yeah, I just saw this thread after you posted in the dim sum one. Taste of Asia sounds like a must visit since I'll be out on Greensprings anyway tomorrow. I might hit up the Jewish Food festival or the Russian one too. I need some good pastrami and pierogis too, although not necessarily at the same time.

    Found the menu for the Russion one in Brookside ... hmmm this should be a good weekend.

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    1. re: Dax

      The Taste of Asia was not what I expected with two long tables of food being sold - very limited choices and most of the "Chinese" being offered was the Americanized kind. Nothing too great, although the fried vegetable dish from Silver Coin was decent, made better by the spicy mint sauce. Oh well, I guess it is for a charity ...

      1. re: Dax

        Drove out to the Russian Festival yesterday and tried the IMPERIAL PLATTER $14.00 which included Stuffed holupki (cabbage), kolbasa and kraut, baked piroshki (meat pie); boiled pirogi (potato/cheese) haluski (dumplings); cucumber salad,
        pigachi (cheese/potato bread). I am by no means an expert on Russian cooking, but I thought that the holupki was pretty good, the haluski tasted like a ... thicker mac and cheese, the kolbasa/kielbasa was good but I should have gotten the version on the role with mustard and kraut, the kraut was very tomato-ey, the piroshki was dried out and cold and the pirgogi/pierogi was pretty good but could have used some searing (speaking of which, my Polish friends would pan fry the pierogi by themselves while my friends from Cleveland of some eastern European heritage would boil them and serve with sauteed peppers and sour cream - what is the best way to eat them?). I should have tried to get some uncooked pierogi to cook at home. Neat little church built in the very early 1900s and a cool, old school stone bridge just before you get to that section of "town."

        1. re: Dax

          Thanks for the reports on the festivals...I was bummed that I didnt get to go to the Asian Festival b/c I had to work, but after your report I dont feel I missed much.

          I've had pierogi that had been boiled and then topped with a browned butter and brown sugar sauce, this was when I was in college outside of Pittsburg...pretty good, but I dont know much about pierogi outside of that experience.

          1. re: birminghamvisitor

            The 2009 Birmingham Asian Cultures Food Festival is April 4 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM at the Cedars Club again

            1. re: Dax

              Thanks, Dax. I've been wondering, but never at a time when I could look it up.