Asian Fest returns to Norfolk for first time in decade


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — For the first time in more than a decade, the annual Asian Fest took place Saturday in Norfolk.

It’s hosted by the Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization of Hampton Roads and typically takes place in Virginia Beach.  But this year, flags and colorful outfits lined the Elizabeth River, right behind Waterside. 

Organizers say this family friendly-event is a way for everyone to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage month. 

“We have so many different organizations from all the Asian and pacific communities getting involved,” said Asian Pacific American Heritage Organization President Tricia Orpilla.  “It’s kind of interesting to see everybody meet and talk and kind try to the planning, you know put the festival together.”

Each year, the festival has a different host country.  This year was Polynesia.  The festival has been running for more than 38 years.

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