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Asian American Heritage Festival celebrates Westchester’s cultural diversity

Thousands sample food and watch performances steeped in tradition

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The Asian American Heritage Festival brought culture and life to Valhalla on Saturday, showing residents that elements of Asia can be found close to home.

County Executive Rob Astorino was one of more than 7,000 who spent their weekend at the Kenisco Dam Plaza to learn everything there is to know about Asian culture

"Westchester is a very big melting pot, 4th most diverse county in New York which means diversity is on display not only every weekend but every day," Astorino said.

Food, traditional Indonesian dancing, a Chinese Chi Pow or fashion show were some of the highlights of the vibrant event.

7-year-old Dahlia Kaufman was born in the U.S. but her mom is from Indonesia. Dahlia and her dance team preform all over Westchester County, but went to Valhalla to present a special barefoot dance.

Vendors said that their biggest goal was to show what Asian Culture can contribute to Westchester’s diverse community.

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