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An expansive Thai Street Food Festival returns to Sterling Heights with food, performances and more

An expansive Thai Street Food Festival returns to Sterling Heights with food, performances and more
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What is going on: The Thai Street Food Festival returns to Sterling Heights and now, in its sixth year, the festival is bigger than ever. While fans of the annual event will still have the opportunity to sample food from different regions of Thailand, the festival’s organizers have also invited representatives from other Asian communities to join the festivities.

“We have expanded and are inviting other Asian communities – from Bangladesh and all the way to Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos – to come and demonstrate their tradition through performances,” said Dr. Su McKeithen-Polish, a community leader with the Thai American Association of Michigan.

What it is: The Thai Street Food Festival is organized by the Thai American Association of Michigan (TAAM) and the Buddhist Meditation Center in Sterling Heights, which also serves as TAAM’s community center. The festival showcases food from different regions of Thailand. There will be the aforementioned performances, as well as a ceremony recognizing various Asian-American organizations. Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang and State Representative Padma Kuppa will also attend and receive recognition at the event.

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Where and when: The Thai Street Food Festival is scheduled to take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 18 at the Buddhist Meditation Center in Sterling Heights. The event is free to attend and open to the public, although a $1 parking donation is requested for grounds maintenance. Food tickets are for sale.

What they say: “This is an event where we welcome everyone. It’s a fun tasting where you can see different cultural performances and meet our community leaders and leaders from Michigan,” said Dr. Su. “It’s a time when it’s not just for us to come together, but also to share who we are with the public.”

The Buddhist Meditation Center is located at 8500 Plumbrook Rd. in Sterling Heights.

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