The Asian festival is over.  I’m too tired to write much about it other than to say it was, given the number of competing events on this Gator bye weekend, a success.  This week will feature photos from the festival, some of them of marginal (but earnest) quality, all taken by me.

There are some caveats and rules of thumb that I’d like to share:

Vendors are rarely truly happy with their spots.  Someone else always has a better/shadier/more lucrative one.  You learn that this last–more profitable–is relative and never refers to type of merchandise, since we keep that pretty much exclusive.  Vendor A loved this spot last year and sold a lot of bangles and beads and spring rolls and requested the same spot this year.  This time, though, the spot doesn’t work as well and now Vendor A wants the spot for Vendor E, who wants the spot held by the Kathmandu Mountain Climbing and Goat Rescue Brigade Group.

Expect to receive phone calls and e-mails up to the start time of the event, advising that the vendor from Tampa will be arriving late.  Because you are not at home, you don’t get this call or mail which sent around the time your gates opened. You start the festival without the tardy Tampa vendor, only to hear later that the tardy vendor was miffed because the non-tardy vendor next door reported selling as early as 11 AM.

People are always hungry, up to a point.  Vendors who start selling two hours after the gates open are not going to find as many hungry mouths.  It’s just a fast and simple rule.  Food is highly competitive.  Let that customer walk away with a beef kabob from the guy two spots down and you’re toast for the rest of the day if the kabob is any good.

Likewise, vendors who break down before the show is open are going to lose sales and also lose our interest.  We’ve paid good money for that big act we’ve got on stage at 5:30, so please do us the courtesy of not telegraphing to our attendees that the show is over prematurely.  It isn’t, and who wants to play to a crowd of tired trash picker-uppers?

We love durian ice cream.

We have already started to work on next year’s event.

Dancer from the SinoElite Acrobats performing a dance from the Peking Opera.

Martin Holman, (third from left)director of the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, with his students.

 Kotobuki Shiki Sanbaso, a celebratory dance piece performed by the Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe.

Gators aren’t just a football team, they’re a Bhangra group also!  Go Gator Bhangra!

My friend’s daughter, age tw0, enjoyed the Harn Museum’s booth.

Friendship Association of Chinese Students and Scholars–everything a student group should be.

An FACSS member in the Chinese fashion show.  We will be having this again next year.

We only know him as Mr. Lee.  He’s a virtuoso who plays a number of Chinese instruments.  We had an opening when a planned show fell through (two days before the event) and the FACSS offered us this guy…who made the weekend. 

The FACSS fashion show.  This was presented as a pantomime–a brilliant and charming rendition of the fashion show formula.