As much as I’ve barked the praises of the International Cottages’ Sunday afternoon Lawn Programs over the years, I have one bone to pick with them: they are often over before I’ve had my fill.
One hour plus just doesn’t seem like enough time to soak in such a wide variety of cultural entertainment and colorful costumes and crafts, and ingest an entire country’s worth of traditional dishes, desserts, and beverages.
The House of China must’ve heard my stomach growling and decided to expand its annual Sunday Lawn Program into an entire Taste of Asia weekend festival. Taking advantage of the additional cultural resources of the Houses of India, Korea, and the Philippines, the “Lawn Program” activities will run from noon until 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, September 27-28.
Ten whole hours may seem like a lot of time to fill, but if any of the Houses of Pacific Relations can do it, I suspect China, India, Korea, and the Philippines can.
Here are just a few of the weekend highlights I’m licking my chops over:
- Traditional pipa lute performances
- San Diego Taiko Drummers
- Indian Bollywood dances
- Music and dance by PASACAT Philippines
- Cooking demos
Food (charged separately)
- Chinese beef noodle soup
- Filipino lumpia
- Indian curries
- Korean Bibimbap (Saturday only)
Any pups in the pack will find plenty of distractions as well, including a free Chinese lantern-making craft, Indian henna painting, and Korean fan coloring.
I foresee only one problem with this expanded Lawn Program concept: I could get used to this.