There's nothing like a delicious noodle dish, especially during a cold West Michigan winter. Warm up (and fill up!) your belly coming up at Grand Rapids' third annual Noodle Fest.

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The Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Foundation is hosting Noodle Fest March 9, 11a.m. to 6p.m. at  Calder Plaza as part of the World of Winter festival.

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Local restaurants will battle it out for the title of 2023 Noodle Fest Champion.

Noodles are $6 per bowl. You will decide the winner at Noodle Fest by throwing in votes with your donations.

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Below is a look at last year's winners. First place went to Angel's Thai Cafe, who served up Kapoon -  a red curry noodle made with chicken stock, minced chicken, and topped with cilantro and cabbage.

A list of competitors for Noodle Fest 2024 has yet to be announced, but when it is, we'll update this post!

Attendees are encouraged to dress as your favorite noodle dish. The Director of Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Festival will be dressed as a bowl of ramen!

Organizers say you can expect shorter and quicker lines this year at Noodle Fest as they plan to improve signage and market each dish in advance.

There will also be entertainment, including Kids Karaoke.

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