The Cincinnati Moon Festival to celebrate Asian food and culture in Fountain Square on Saturday

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The Cincinnati Moon Festival is organized by the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (GCCCEA) and the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association (GCCCEA) is hosting the 2021 Cincinnati Moon Festival in Fountain Square on Saturday.

The festival features cultural exhibits, craft souvenirs, food tastings, performances, a lantern and more, by a Facebook post from the association.

Performances begin at 4 p.m. and include a Chinese folk music ensemble, individual and group dances, and several violin solos.

According an article from Asianati, the Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, is on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month of the year (which was September 21 this year). The holiday honors the fall harvest and is a time to celebrate the moon, especially the full moon, and to get together with friends and family.

In Chinese tradition, Asianati says people celebrate by offering mooncakes, a sweet and dense pastry originally made with lotus filling and egg yolk. They say it symbolizes harmony, happiness, unity.

Many other Asian countries also celebrate the festival.

“This event combines cultural celebration, family activities, gastronomy and performing arts into one rich experience. This is a great opportunity for people who want to experience a different culture and have a cultural dialogue with the Asian community,” said Felicity Tao, president of the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Cultural Exchange Association, in a statement.

“Cincinnati’s growing Asian community continues to contribute to the cultural fabric of this wonderful region with multicultural roots and the Moon Festival is one of the largest events presented by the community to celebrate our heritage and support diversity and inclusion in this region.”

3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 2. Free entry. Fountain Square is located at 520 Vine Street, downtown. Find more information on the event’s Facebook page..

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