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Aug 1, 2013 07:06 AM

Burmese Food Fair- 5th Annual Fundraiser and Concert for Orphans of Burma

My friend passed this on to me. Here are the details:

Ticket Price: $15 and a Big Heart
Date: Saturday August 17th, 2013
4:00pm-5:30pm (Complimentary Food and Drinks)
6:00pm-8:00pm Concert by 3Hird Medium band
Location is: I.S.5 Walter Crowley Intermediate School at 50-40 Jacobus St. in Elmhurst. It's a block behind the Pan Am Hotel on Queens Blvd.

Donations can be made thru Paypal to to support the orphans and children in need.

I don't have any kind of run down on foods but I will ask. He passed on to me a couple of commercial packages of Burmese laphet, preserved tea salad, that I'm looking forward to try tonight. He said they may sell these at the fair, besides of course making it fresh.

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  1. Thanks for this notice!

    I am seriously confused about the current status of the various annual Burmese events, which seem to be proliferating - can somebody clarify?

    For example what about the Funfair held for many years by the Myanmar Baptist Church? Is that one still taking place and if so, where?

    5 Replies
    1. re: jen kalb

      One extra Burmese event need not preclude any others. Ye Lin, the guy who runs this event, is just a regular guy who wanted to raise money for an orphanage and put this together. I went to the previous one - great food and fun to see their community get together.

      1. re: Peter Cuce

        I think its great that there is a proliferation of burmese events - just trying to keep them sorted out in my mind.
        thanks for the clarification on this one!

      2. re: jen kalb

        I believe the Brumese Briarwood Baptist Fest (say that 3 times fast) moved to woodside.

        1. re: MOREKASHA

          It seems to have been on Astoria Blvd last year...the church itself (not for many years where the event was held) seems to have moved to Glendale - not sure whether any of this will impact on a 2013 event.

          1. re: jen kalb

            You are correct, the church has indeed moved to Glendale. But most of the time when there are Burmese food fairs, they are usually hosted at the Walter H. Crowley I.S.5 due to the large Burmese population living in the area, low-ish cost of renting the place and also relative (I say relative because it's about a 1 mile walk from 74th Roosevelt Ave station) convenience to get there by subways.

            As for the various Burmese events, there are three or four major Burmese monasteries in NYC (one in Queens, two in Brooklyn) and they each do their own fund raising events. Then there is the main Burmese church--the Myanmar Baptist Church--which also hosts events.

            This event is hosted by 3hird Medium, a non-profit organization which is run by my cousin, Ye Lin, to help support orphans in Burma. All members of 3hird Medium are volunteers, they do not take any money from donations. They all have full-time jobs are doing this just to help out on the side.

      3. Here's a Facebook page for the event, administered by the 3Hird Medium band:

        In reply to my query regarding this group's previous fundraiser (last December, at a different school), "3Hird Medium" replied that the ticket price/donation would also simply be accepted at the door. (I couldn't make it that day.) This new page includes a typically extensive menu for these fundraisers, though only in Burmese.

        Dave Cook

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        1. re: DaveCook

          I've printed out the menu. I'm hoping to see my friend this afternoon and will ask him to translate. I think he is doing some of the cooking. I'll post any translations he can provide.

          1. re: Silverjay

            He said they will post the English version eventually on FB. They are just planning on who is making what. And they may add more traditional dishes. My friend is one of Ye Lin's brothers.

          2. re: DaveCook

            Here's the English menu--Ye Lin is my cousin, so if you've got any questions I can answer them.