Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 6:41 PM

click to enlarge IQREMIX
  • IQRemix
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

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Related Locations


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 24, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation