California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is hosting the Chinese Food and Culture Festival from April 22 to 25. This free, week-long festival will focus on regional foods and the culture and geography that shaped the cuisine.
The goal of the festival, which is presented in collaboration with Chinese Central Television, is to improve communication and understanding between China and the United States through cultural and artistic exchange. The event is open to the public.
There will be an opening ceremony and a Chinese banquet in the campus’ University Student Union to kickoff the festivities. The ceremony will include remarks from CSULB officials, a Bian Lan (face-changing) performance and Chinese music. Chinese dignitaries expected at the event include the Chinese Consul General of Los Angeles, Congresswoman Judy Chu and celebrity chef Martin Yan.
During the festival, expert Chinese chefs will demonstrate how to prepare special regional dishes and explain how the regional culture and geography has influenced the flavor and preparation over time.
The festival will also feature a contest for local college students to create a promotional plan for the popular Chinese television documentary series, “A Bite of China,” to an American audience. China is a country rich in culinary traditions, and this seven-part documentary series offers insights into the geographical, historical and cultural dimensions of what the Chinese people eat while learning about Chinese culture through its cuisine.
For more information about CSULB’s Chinese Food and Culture Festival, including a schedule of activities, visit www.ccpe.csulb.edu/ChineseFCF or call Anthea Xu at 800/963-2250 or 562/985-5372.