Utah Asian Festival

Welcome to 45th Utah Asian Festival.

The Utah Asian Festival is the premiere Asian culture event in the state of Utah and the longest running, continuous festival of its kind west of the Mississippi since 1977.

Utah Asian Festival showcases our 150+ years in the state of Utah highlighting our profound cultures and traditions, delectable Asian food, and exceptional performances.

Our festival not only connects new Americans, immigrants, and refugees to more historic ethnic groups in our state, but also brings our diverse Asian ethnic communities together collectively.

Our event is a platform benefitting all Utahns, to offer a glimpse at how our Asian ethnic groups and community members have both preserved and transformed traditional practices in our state.

Our celebration is an opportunity for all to have a reunion with old friends, make new ones, meet our various communities, leaders, and elders, and seek new opportunities to be involved and support our diverse Utah Asian communities.

Join us for the 45th annual Utah Asian Festival on Saturday, July 9th from 11:00am until 8:00pm at the Grand Building of the Utah State Fairpark (155 N 1000 W Salt Lake City, UT 84116). Traditional and modern performances, children’s activities, food booths and trucks, cultural/nonprofit/commercial booths, and more!

Free admission and $5 all-day parking fee at the fairgrounds. Additional transit options include free fare with UTA with admission ticket & free 30-minutes rides with GREENBike with promo code UAF2022.

Utah Asian Festival Committee 2022


Mission and History

In 1978, the Asian Association of Utah board of directors hosted the inaugural Utah Asian Festival at the Salt Palace demonstrating unity in our community and showcasing the wealth of traditions and culture of our Asian American communities through performances, exhibits, and food. The festival was the answer to the board of directors’s goals 1) to unify our diverse Asian American communities consisting of historic ethnic groups (Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, etc) in Utah with our new, incoming refugee populations as a result of the wars in Southeast Asia (Vietnamese, Khmer, Laotian, Hmong, etc); 2) to uplift our communities on a statewide platform because previously, each ethnic organization were hosting their own smaller, ethnic-specific community festivals; and 3)to educate the general public about the diversity, experiences, and contributions of Asian Americans in Utah.

The Utah Asian Festival is a program of the Asian Association of Utah which was formed in September 1977 when late Governor Scott Matheson wanted to relocate Southeast Asian refugees from Camp Pendleton in California to Utah. He founded a small seed grant in creating AAU as a community coalition and nonprofit agency with Jimi Mitsunaga, Joe Azarcon, Chung Myun Lee, and Lang Wong as the initial incorporators. AAU began in serving Southeast Asian refugees and has now expanded to providing services to all refugees and immigrants the state.


Booths


Food

Food vendors (booths and trucks) are requested to submit their menu prior to application for approval to help prevent duplicate menu items from being sold at the Festival. Food Booths will be approved on a first come, first serve basis (first to submit their menu, register, and pay). Any additional applications with menu items too similar to previously approved Food Booths will either be asked to change their menu items or apply next year. A representative must attend one Utah Asian Festival orientation meeting (Date & Time: June/early July | TBD) to ensure understanding of policies and procedures. Selling of alcohol and coca cola products are not allowed, but Pepsi products, bottled water, and all asian drinks are permissible. Setup for Food Booths will be outdoors at the Utah State Fairpark. You will receive an email confirmation and next steps if your application is moving to the next round.

Costs 

  • $100 deposit towards the Utah State Fairpark (goes towards the 20% commission listed in the next bullet point)
  • 20% of each food vendor’s revenue from the event to the Utah State Fairpark
  • Power ($75 for 30amp 110 volts)
  • Tents (Food Booths Only, 10’ x 10’ provided)
  • Food Booth & Food Truck applications are incomplete and will be waitlisted until both 1) payment and 2) menu are received.

If you have any questions prior to applying as a Food Booth for the 2022 Utah Asian Festival, please email Sam Tse at sammytse21@gmail.com.

Note: Please check Health Department General Policies before applying for food booth.

Cultural

According to the United Nations, there are 48 countries and 3 territories that make up Asia. We welcome people from any and all to apply for a Cultural Booth to display the country’s arts and crafts, history, traditional costumes, artifacts, etc. Cultural Booths must have some interactive component to them. Selling any merchandise is not allowed within Cultural Booths. Setup for Cultural Booths will be indoors at the Utah State Fairpark.

If you have any questions prior to applying as a Cultural Booth for the 2022 Utah Asian Festival, please email Eunice Lane eunicegjones@gmail.com and Emilio Manuel Camu emiliomanuelcamu@gmail.com

Non-Profit

Nonprofit Booths are available to organizations that operate solely for the benefit of the local community and are able to provide a 501(c)(3) form/number. Nonprofit Booths are not allowed to sell any food, beverages, or merchandise and must not promote or display anything that might appear to be controversial or political. Festival Chair and Co-Chair reserve the right to determine what may or may not appear to be controversial or political and may remove anything or anyone not in compliance with their decision(s).

No hiring, recruiting for employment, fundraising, or selling is allowed at non-profit booths and will be considered as Commercial. Festival Chair/Co-Chair reserve the right to properly categorize applicants according to booth description

Costs 

  • Nonprofit Booth fee: $125 before June 9th, $150 after

If you have any questions prior to applying as a Nonprofit Booth for the 2022 Utah Asian Festival, please email Kai Sin kaisin0313@gmail.com and Kevin Nguyen kevinnguyens@live.com 

Commercial

Commercial Booths can be used to display a product or service. You may sell your product or service at the festival provided that you have a valid business license and an EIN number (state Tax ID). Sale of food or beverages are not permitted in any Commercial Booth.

Costs 

  • Commercial Booth fee: $275 before June 9, 2022
    • $300 after June 9, 2022

If you have any questions prior to applying as a Commercial Booth for the 2022 Utah Asian Festival, please email Kathleya Gracida kathgracida@gmail.com and Grace Rogers grace.rogers417@gmail.com.



To continue our tradition of providing our festival free to all, especially for our new immigrant and refugee Asian communities, we are asking for corporate support from local businesses and organizations. While this event is completely volunteer-driven, the additional financial support from our sponsors will enable us to cover the costs associated with the new venue and festival experience, including additional streaming costs, stage expenses, equipment rentals, and children’s activities. We would appreciate any level of support in sponsorship or through the sponsorship of particular services to help our local vendors provide their services effectively in our festival.

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