Chinese New Year event Feb. 10

The Landing Market in Decorah is celebrating the Chinese New Year – the Year of the Dragon – on Sat., Feb. 10, with authentic Chinese cuisine, games, and a traditional wish-making and lantern launch.

The event will run from 4 to 7:30 p.m., with happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. when Chinese beer and traditional snack cakes will be offered. The meal, served buffet style from 5 to 7:30 p.m., will feature meat-filled dumplings and dessert porridge. A Chinese version of ring toss and an animal guessing game will take place throughout the event.

Lantern launching outdoors are scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Luther College economics instructor and Chinese native Hongxiao Yu and her friends are preparing the meal. Yu was recently awarded the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Collaboration Award.

The event is free to attend. Cost for the meal is $20 per person. Reservations are requested, but not required, by emailing

Event organizers said this is one of the Landing’s Passport Dinners, introduced in 2023, to bring the cuisine of other countries and cultures to the Decorah area and provide an opportunity to get to know about other places and meet new people

The Landing Market is located at 211 College Dr., Decorah. The Landing houses food and beverage-oriented establishments, which include Justin’s, The Buzz, and Root 43, as well as space for events. For more information, email or call (563) 277-1893.

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