2011 Cleveland Asian Festival
featuring authentic Asian foods and merchandise, local and national performing artists, a children’s activities area, games, competitions, and a health pavilion that focuses on free screenings and health education. May 21-22, 2011. Asia Plaza and E 30th, 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114. Open to public, FREE event.
Have You Seen This Panda?
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Have You Seen This Panda?

(Cleveland, OH 4/19/2011) Pandas are an endangered species.  They are loved and protected all over the world.  Often times, you will only get to see them in zoos.  “Caf” is the nickname of the Cleveland Asian Festival’s mascot panda.  Most of the time, he is hiding from the public.  It is believed that he is very shy and very quiet.  No one knows where he goes when he disappears. Does he have an alter ego?  Is he Super-Panda to some small town out in the middle of nowhere?  Or does he sleep in a cave somewhere in the park and munch on bamboo?

Sometimes he can be spotted around Cleveland.  He was found in the St. Patrick’s Day parade marching with some friends with the Cleveland Asian Festival.  He was also seen at Kent State University with a friend at a Fashion Show.  Sometimes he can be seen waiting around Asia Plaza, maybe for his panda girlfriend?  Once he was spotted shooting basketballs at Cleveland State University.  His sightings are rare and he is believed to be friendly.  He would often shake hands with little children and is highly photogenic!

Rumor has it, that Caf is expected to make a prolonged appearance at the Cleveland Asian Festival this year.  So come on down May 21st and May 22nd from 11 AM to 7 PM to the corner of East 30th Street and Payne Avenue.  This shy panda has hinted that he may be available that day.  One tip: he LOVES to be photographed!  So make sure that you bring your cameras!

There are also other fun things for the entire family at the Cleveland Asian Festival.  Lolly the Trolley will be giving tours of AsiaTown.  There will be a Taste of Asia with food vendors from local Asian restaurants as well as a World Market for all of your shopping desires.  A children’s area will have games, crafts- like origami, and other fun activities.  If you need a break from hanging out with Caf the Panda, take a seat at one of the two stages and catch a cultural performance.  There will be plenty for you to do as you keep your eye out for the ever elusive Caf the Panda!

For more information visit ClevelandAsianFestival.org

Date and Time: May 21st-May 22nd from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM (both days)

Location: 2999 Payne Avenue, Cleveland OH, 44114

Lolly the Trolley Tour sponsored by Ariel International Center, Asian Town Center and the Tyler Village

Cleveland Asian Festival is sponsored by: Ariel International Center, Asia Plaza, City of Cleveland, Cleveland City Council, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Public Power, ClevelandPeople.com, Collection Auto Group, Consolidated Graphics Group, COSE, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture , Cuyahoga County Public Library, Erie Chinese Journal, Global Cleveland, India International Newspaper, KeyBank, MetroHealth, MetroMix.com, Ohio Arts Council, OhioAuthority.com, PNC, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, St. Clair Superior Development Corp., Time Warner Cable, Tyler Village, University Hospital and many others.

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