The Triangle Area Chinese American Society is holding its annual Chinese New Year Festival from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh.
The family-friendly event is a food lover's dream. President Lisa Chang wrote in an email that the food will include Americanized Chinese food, including sesame chicken and General Tso's chicken, but also more traditional selections by talented local cooks. Those food items include three flavors of bubble tea, sweet and savory steamed rice cakes, moon cakes, dim sum, Taiwanese-style grilled sausage and Asian-style shaved ice. The latter is not the Italian, Hawaiian or New Orleans styles of shaved ice. Instead, Chang explains, it is "a mound of snow-like shaved ice covered with layers of brown sugar syrup and condensed milk and then topped with fruit flavored jellies, red bean, taro and more."
Tickets cost $5 in advance online at nctacas.org or at local Asian stores, such as Grand Asia in Cary and A&C Supermarket. in Raleigh. Otherwise, tickets cost $8 at the door.