Food, music and Sumo mania at inaugural festival in Adelaide

In October, Air Asia ASIAFEST will become your boarding pass to vibrant Asian culture at Adelaide’s Rymill Park.

A three-day food and cultural festival bringing together 20 of Adelaide’s best Asian restaurants will take place on October 4th, 5th and 6th.

There will be several mini festivals within ASIAFEST
There will be several mini festivals within ASIAFEST

An indulgent, open air marketplace will take visitors on a journey immersing them in the culture and visual splendour of each country celebrated.

Several mini festivals will be situated within the one festival and the focus will be on China, Japan, Thailand, Korea and Vietnam.

Event Manager Adriana Michael said the inaugural festival would be a good opportunity for us to experience Asian culture at home.

“We want to educate Australians about the diversity of Asian Culture and how different each of them can be,” she said.

Featuring a unique entertainment line-up of traditional drumming, dancing, food art, massage and various martial arts, Air Asia ASIAFEST will be bringing the art of Japanese Sumo Wrestling to Adelaide.

The state’s first ever Sumo Tournament will take place in a custom built arena within the festival at Rymill Park.

Enjoy traditional Sumo Wrestling at Rymill Park.
Enjoy traditional Sumo Wrestling at Rymill Park.

“It is extremely rare for these wrestlers to venture to a foreign country with their traditional art form and we have the pleasure of hosting these prestigious athletes right here in Adelaide,” Michael said.

In addition, the team behind popular Adelaide venues Royal Croquet Club & Little Miss Mexico will hosting Miss Lee’s Laundry & Bar in The Melting Pot area.

Miss Lee’s promises to transport festival goers into the back alleyways of Hong Kong, surrounded by a fusion of street style eateries and entertainment in an intricately decorated setting.

Yet another fantastic event in Adelaide, Air Asia ASIAFEST is set to be a feast for the senses, adding to the rich festival culture of South Australia.

Where: Rymill Park, Adelaide
When: October Long weekend – Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Monday 6th October 2014

Time: Saturday 12noon – Late
Sunday 12noon – Late
Monday 12noon – 10pm

Tickets for Sumo Wrestling are available through Ticketek



Story by Libby Parker

Pictures courtesy of Air Asia ASIAFEST