First of many Lunar New Year celebrations comes to the Central Florida Fairgrounds


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Happy Year of the Sheep! Or Year of the Goat! None of the Lunar New Year guides we consulted seem to agree which is 2015’s spirit animal, but no matter – in Orlando, you can consider it the Year of the Stomach.

Though the actual date of the 2015 lunar New Year is Feb. 19, celebrations start early and continue throughout the month; the very first one is at Central Florida Fairgrounds this weekend, organized by the St. Phillip Phan Van Minh Catholic Church. The month of February will bring plenty of lion dancers, firecrackers and red envelopes – check our list of celebrations – but food is the cornerstone of this spring holiday, and food is what you’ll find at this particular festival: pork meatballs, banh mí, dumplings, noodles (the longer the better), pickles and sweet sugarcane juice. Local food blog Tasty Chomps has even organized a festival food meetup for Sunday morning (10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Admission to the festival is free, but food is not, so bring plenty of cash along with your appetite.

Vietnamese New Year's Festival
10 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Central Florida Fairgrounds Main Exhibit Building
4603 W. Colonial Drive
free admission