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Rice Festival set for Saturday

Short-grain, long-grain, basmati, jasmine.

“All Asians eat rice,” said Connie Jee. “Asians each have their own national rice dish.”

IF YOU GO

• What: Rice Festival

• When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Lawn, U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8, in Stone Mountain

• Cost: Free to attend with a $10 parking pass

• For more information: Visit www.aarc-atlanta.org

A main component of Asian meals, rice is the banner under which the Asian American Resource Center brings together the diverse Asian cultures in an annual celebration.

This year’s Rice Festival will be held for the first time Saturday on Stone Mountain Park’s Memorial Lawn, a location that will allow the already popular festival to grow even more.

More than 10,000 people are expected to explore the diversity of Asian cultures during the event, which will include performances by Asian dance groups, singers and martial artists, as well as games and Asian foods.

As the festival showcases the diversity of Asian cultures, it also serves as a fundraiser in support of the social and educational services the nonprofit organization AARC provides to the metro-Atlanta immigrant community.

“I’m very excited about the future of our organization and of the Rice Festival,” said Jee, executive director of the AARC. “I hope everyone will come and have a good time.”

For more information on the Rice Festival, visit www.aarc-atlanta.org.