(This photo essay originally ran in the South Seattle Emerald on June 28.)

The smoldering heat did not deter Dragon Fest Food Walk attendees from visiting a variety of Asian restaurants on Saturday, June 26, in Chinatown-International District. The event featured Asian cuisine deals ranging from $2 to $8, and lasted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Previous Dragon Fest events have featured restaurants with food stands and merchants lined alongside South King Street, but this year a food walk was deemed more reasonable due to COVID-19 and the heat by the Chinatown-International District Business Improvement Area (CIDBIA), who organized the event.

CIDBIA is planning several more food walks throughout the summer in the neighborhood to spur more community support for locally owned restaurants that are rebounding from the devastating economic impacts of the pandemic.

Beverage from Hood Famous Cafe + Bar. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.
Food item from goPoké. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.
Dochi, located inside of Uwajimaya, specializes in gluten-free mochi doughnuts and was a popular choice for Dragon Fest Food Walk attendees. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.
A Kau Kau Restaurant employee prepares to slice some roasted barbeque duck. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.
Food item from Kau Kau Restaurant. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.
Dragon Fest Food Walk attendees stay in the shade at Hing Hay Park to enjoy their food away from the heat. Photo by Ronnie Estoque.

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