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By Christina Fuoco-Karasinski

Jay Kwan longed for the taste of Asian food he had as a child, so he founded the Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival with some of the Valley’s best vendors and restaurants.

The debut festival is 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, January 18, at The Pressroom in Phoenix. Early admission tickets, with entry at 4:30 p.m., are available, too.

Vodka sauce pasta will be featured by Saucy Pasta at the Nom Nom Noodles Festival at The Pressroom. (Photos by Chris Mortenson)

“My goal is to do more Asian-inspired food festivals,” says Kwan, of Peoria. “I used to travel a lot to San Francisco as a kid, and there’s a lot of Asian food there. I was born in Arizona and there aren’t many diverse businesses, so I want to use the festivals to showcase the variety of Asian food.”

The Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival will share the various cuisines—from ramen to pho, to dan dan noodles, to Japanese noodle pancakes—through 12 noodle and pasta vendors. One of the featured vendors is Saucy Pasta, which makes fresh pasta and is doing a new pesto cream flavor for the festival. Also on the docket are three dessert vendors; art vendors; the reggae band ZeeCeeKeely; and board, video and lawn games.

Each vendor will sell at least one item for less than $5. Boba drinks as well as beer and cocktails will be available.

Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival, The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison Street, Phoenix, bit.ly/35VlCng, 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, January 18, or 4:30 to 11 p.m. with early admission tickets, $8-$13. Children ages 7 to 12 are $4. Food and beverages sold separately.