Mesa hosts AZ’s biggest Tet festival this weekend

Tet festival

If you enjoy Asian food, you won’t want to miss Mekong Plaza’s annual Tet festival, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the northwest Mesa shopping center.

Tet is the Vietnamese New Year, which is celebrated with dancing, singing, costumes, games and, especially, lots of food. The Mesa festival is the largest in Arizona.

Mekong Plaza, a 100,000-square-foot indoor marketplace that opened in 2008, is anchored by the huge Mekong Supermarket but also features a variety of Southeast Asia stores and restaurants.

Among the restaurants are Com Tam Thuan Kieu, MyLynn Café and UnPhogettable (all Vietnamese), Thai Spice (Thai), Taiwan Food Express (Chinese) and Whooly Grill (Filipino).

PhoSeveral restaurants will offer their food, including some dishes only served during Tet, outside as well as inside. There also will be some American festival food purveyors in the parking lot.

Weekend activities will include traditional Chinese lion dances, singing and comedy performances, a children’s talent show, a costume contest, poker and table tennis tournaments, fashion shows, a health fair and a carnival.

There also will be a photography exhibit highlighting the Vietnam post-war experience.

Festival admission is $3 Saturday and $1 Sunday, which includes a raffle ticket for each dollar spent. Food is available for an additional cost.

All proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Community Asset and Resource Enterprise (CARE) Partnership and the Mesa Public Safety Foundation.

Mekong Tet festival
When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
Where: Mekong Plaza, 66 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
How much: $3 Saturday, $1 Sunday

Info: (480) 459-9530 or www.mekongplaza.com

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