Tickets are now on sale for A Taste of Asia, a special event at Brownwood’s Lehnis Railroad Museum coming on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m.   

The evening will feature sake tastings, custom menu selections from local restaurants and a Chinese calligraphy demonstration from local resident Jun Tong. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asia Pacific American Story,” which is now on display at the Lehnis Museum.   

Museum director Beverly Norris said the event will be a fun, casual after-work experience for the Brown County community. “There will be some great food and a sake tasting,” Norris said. “A lot of people, me included, have not tasted sake. I think it’ll just be a really neat time to explore the Asian culture and its impact on America.”   

Sake is a traditional Japanese wine made by fermenting rice that has been polished to remove the bran. “It’s actually fermented like beer,” Norris said, “but it has more of the wine-like qualities. Of course, we’ll also have plenty of non-alcoholic beverages for those who don’t want to try the sake.”   

Norris said a variety of Asian cultures will be represented in the Taste of Asia menu with traditional Japanese, Thai and Chinese foods included, among others.   

“I Want the Wide American Earth,” is an original Smithsonian exhibit that chronicles Asian migration to the United States. From Chinese railroad workers in 19th-century California to Asian leaders of the civil rights movement and beyond, the exhibit touches on many different Asian cultures, the way they’ve changed America and the way America has changed them.   

“This Smithsonian exhibit was actually the first of its kind,” Norris said. “It touches on many facets of diverse cultures. We thought it would be a fun time to get to taste some food and drinks of that region, and more fully experience the Asian heritage.”   

Tickets for A Taste of Asia are $25 apiece or $20 for two or more. “It’s a great time to have a date night or get a group of friends together after work,” Norris said.   

Tickets are available by calling the museum at 325-643-6376 or visiting its location at 700 E. Adams St. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lehnis Museum.