Rymill Park Adelaide
October 2 – 11, 2015
After the hugely successful introduction of Asiafest to Adelaide over the October long weekend in 2014, it was time to experience a taste of Asia again.
This year, the organisers decided to extend the festival to ten days running over two weekends and the second week of school holidays. A full moon party was introduced bringing a brand new experience to Adelaide. The previous year it was the sumo wrestlers from Japan who provided the unique experience.
During our first visit to Asiafest on a warm evening and as part of our first experience we made our way inside over to the photo booth. Here we had the chance to dress up in Asian attire and have a few humorous photos taken which were then instantly sent to your phone making it a great souvenir. Right outside the photo booth you notice a big screen featuring Asian movies and anime where you can kick back and relax on beanbags.
The melting pot area, also located nearby, was the centre of attention for attendees of Asiafest. It contained a range of markets along with a great selection of assorted food. This was where Uncle Wang’s (main bar) was situated for the festival.
Throughout the days various shows were put on by the festival including a comedy wingding show with a hilarious Japanese stand-up comedian in which we took part.
We decided it was now time to visit the countries using our passport to access the areas. The idea of travelling to different countries using flight tickets or passports was definitely a very unique and enjoyable experience of the festival.
The first stop was Thailand where we enjoyed a delicious dinner from the Nu Restaurant while relaxing at the Koh Phangan beach with a coconut in hand.
Next stop was Vietnam! We crossed a bridge to enjoy a Vietnamese coffee and then settled in for some entertainment performed on a stage located on the lake.
The next day our travels took us over to China where Chinese dragons provided fun entertainment for all patrons.
Travelling over to Japan, a Japanese inspired stage was set up to provide entertainment throughout the day. We decided to indulge in some sushi from Sushi Planet which was made fresh to order.
Our last stop of the journey was done to Korea where K pop tunes provided a late night disco experience.
As we made our way out to Depart Asia, it definitely was a fun experience and gave us a taste of Asia. The layout of the festival is fantastic and with performances happening throughout, there is definitely lots to experience and plenty of food and drink stalls to keep you hydrated and your belly satisfied.
The family day on the second Friday of the festival was a great idea by providing parents with another option for their children during school holidays.
Overall, an amazing time was experienced at Asiafest and it was now time to get a good night’s sleep for the Full Moon party.