9/13/2013 - Little Asia Neighborhood to Host Lunar Festival

Mayor Finch: Area boasts best Asian food and is a source of pride for surrounding neighborhood

BRIDGEPORT, CT (September 13, 2013) – Bridgeport’s Little Asia neighborhood, a cultural district located in the West Side which was established by Mayor Bill Finch in 2012, will host its first ever Lunar Festival on Saturday, September 14.  

Little Asia is comprised of many locally owned businesses, most of which are owned by first generation Americans. This recently established neighborhood has seen many new amenities including the installation of a new athletic field and Asian-themed garden on the campus of nearby James J. Curiale School. These projects were partially funded by a $25,000 grant awarded to Mayor Finch by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Scott’s Miracle-Gro.

Additionally, two of the neighborhood’s establishments – Pho Saigon and CN Station Asian Restaurant have significantly improved their exterior appearance through Mayor Finch’s Storefront Improvement program. 

“We are very proud of the Little Asia neighborhood and how quickly it has grown into a destination for some of the best Asian food in the area,” said Mayor Finch. “The business owners, the neighbors, the school community, Neighborhood Revitalization Zone members and the City have all come together to help improve this area and create a district that attracts visitors to Little Asia.”   

The Lunar Festival, held on the 15th day of the eight month in the Chinese calendar, during a full moon, is a celebration of gathering, thanksgiving, and prayer. Activities and exhibits at Little Asia’s Lunar Festival include sky lanterns, Asian garden tours, lion dancing, art show, and much more.  The festival is free and open to the public, and it’s open from 2 to 8:30 p.m. The hub of the Lunar Festival activities will be 133 Wood Ave.

“This is an excellent opportunity to showcase the success of the Little Asia district,” said Mayor Finch. “If you have not been to this neighborhood, if you have not eaten at one of the great restaurants, I encourage you to come to the Lunar Festival.” 

The event is sponsored by the Office of Mayor Finch, Discovery Museum, Community Capital Fund, Artscope Magazine, Sapporo, West Side Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, RYASAP and the Little Asia Merchants Association.     

“Thanks to the efforts of Mayor Finch and the partnership of the local businesses and the residents, Little Asia has quickly become a very vibrant neighborhood that attracts new visitors to our establishments,” said Ming On, President and Dennis Bradley, Vice President of the Little Asia Merchants Association. “We invite everyone to come out, have a great time and support Little Asia at the Lunar Festival on Saturday.”

The Little Asia Merchants Association includes: Bradley Law Group, Summit Insurance and Services, CN Station Asian Restaurant, Southern Variety Market, Hong Thom Vietnamese Restaurant, Pho Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant, New Hong Kong Chinese Restaurant, Pho Mai Vietnamese Restaurant, Wood Avenue Body Shop, Colonial Cleaners and BevMax.

Future plans for the Little Asia district include the installation of an Asian-themed archway, which is currently in design phase, serving as the gateway to the neighborhood.  

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WHAT: Little Asia Lunar Festival

WHERE: 133 Wood Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605

WHEN:  2 – 8:30 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013