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Attend the “AAPICONIC” 2023 Kansas City AAPI Festival, Presented by Fresh Karma

“AAPICONIC” 2023 Kansas City AAPI Festival
Kansas City, MO – Join Cafe Cà Phê, Kansas City’s first Vietnamese coffee shop, at Columbus Square Park on May 20 for the second annual Kansas City AAPI Festival, presented by Fresh Karma Dispensaries. Additional sponsors include Rancilio Group, Torani, Oatly, Boulevard Brewing, Made in KC, and many more.

The theme is ICONIC: A Throwback To 1999 – a time where music, fashion, and pop-culture were at their finest. Truly iconic. The aesthetic is “1990s Magazine Cover,” so dig out your favorite tube tops and acid-wash jeans and join for a day of live entertainment, booths by local makers and artisans, and nostalgic vignettes designed specifically for photo ops. All are welcome to attend, and AAPI attendees specifically are invited to wear traditional garments from
their culture to show off AAPI pride during a mini-runway fashion show. In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, every performer and vendor will themselves be AAPI.

“Cafe Cà Phê’s mission has always been to uplift local AAPI folks, particularly those with a smaller reach who might be overlooked for other opportunities,” explains Jackie Nguyen, owner of Cafe Cà Phê. “During AAPI Month in particular, we want to showcase the hella talent our Kansas City AAPI community has to offer and invite folks in to witness their brilliance.”

Featured performers for the event include DJ Kay Fan, Three Trails Taiko, traditional Balinese dancer Wenny Grant, and many more. Local business Umeshiso will be selling their renowned “gay” utensils, along with over 20 other AAPI-owned small businesses. If you’ve been missing blowup furniture with brightly-colored pop art backgrounds, look no further, because this festival will be flush with it.

Cafe Cà Phê in August celebrated the highly-anticipated opening of its brick and mortar location in Kansas City’s historic Columbus Park neighborhood. One of the first design elements patrons notice as they walk through pristine glass doors is a colorful mural celebrating small businesses. Central to its mission, Cafe Cà Phê has celebrated a different small business almost weekly since opening day through popup events and social media promotion. The 2023 AAPI Festival will be a shining emblem of this mission, and a love letter to Kansas City’s AAPI Community.


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