Chinese food and culture festival ‘Dragon Fest’ coming to Park Slope this month

Dragon Fest
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Dragon Fest, a Chinese food and culture festival, is coming to Brooklyn this month, offering up a smorgasbord of popular, traditional and rare foods.

The festival, now in its third year, is free to attend and open to the public when it lands on 7th Avenue between 5th and 6th Street on Sunday, June 16. 

The stop-off in Park Slope is one of 16 Dragon Fest events across various locations in Manhattan and Queens this summer after last year’s run attracted over 200,000 attendees across five events.

Biubiu Xu, founder of Dragon Fest and The Egg House, said organizers are excited to be returning this year’s with new vendors for the festival aimed at enticing those who are gastronomic enthusiasts, art lovers, and culturally curious.

“We are thrilled to bring Dragon Fest back with an even more ambitious lineup,” said Xu. “Our goal is to make Chinese culture and cuisine more accessible to everyone in New York City, and this year’s expanded schedule allows us to do just that.”

Alongside the transitional artisans, sponsoring vendors this year were chosen to represent the growth and development of different facets of the Chinese food ecosystem in the United States, including; Nan Xiang; Chi Forest; and MìLa.

Visitors can expect to sink their teeth into over 100 varieties of traditional, popular, and rare Chinese foods, including soup dumplings, dragon’s beard candy, lotus root sandwich, sugar-coated chestnuts, grilled cold noodles, iron plate tofu, fried skewers, milk cap tea, and much more

Established in 2023, Dragon Fest began as a modest endeavor to help spread knowledge of Chinese cuisine and identity. The first iteration started with five events in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Last year it grew to host up to 70 different vendors.