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Opening Ceremonies | Anime St. Louis Got Talent St. Charles Pride Anime Drag Show | ConcertSt. Charles Pride Anime Drag Show: AFTER DARK (18+) | Food Showdown | Closing Ceremony Concert

Opening Ceremonies

FRIDAY, MAY 3, 2019 — 4:00 PM
Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Start out the year by welcoming our awesome guests and hearing about the great events ASTL hast to offer! This is a don’t miss for returning and new fans of Anime St. Louis and anime conventions! 

Anime St. Louis Got Talent

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 — 12:00 PM
Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Grand Prize: (2) Free Badges for 2020, a blurb in the 2020 Program Book and gets to perform at our Opening Ceremonies in 2020!

If you want to see the hidden explosive talents of people here at Anime St. Louis, then this is the spot! For decades, anime conventions have always had many fantastic people with hidden talents or talents that they love to show off. Well, now’s your time to bring it to the stage. This is pure raw talent against pure raw talent, and it’s all packed into one awesome show here at Anime St. Louis! So make sure to swing by for an absolutely astounding 2hr show!

Anyone can sign up and be a part of the fun! Be sure to read the important times below to be a part, and if you have music you want us to use, please be sure to bring it on a flash drive (MP3s preferred). Not everyone can be a part of the main performance, so be sure to go to the tryouts! Just show up at any time on Friday in Matson, wait your turn and perform for the pre-judges!

Try-Outs – Friday, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Matson, Embassy Suites Lower Level.

Rehearsals – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center, Lower Level

Performance – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center, Lower Level

St. Charles Pride Anime Drag Show

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 — 7:00 PM
Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Information Coming Soon…

Anime St. Louis Concert

SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019 — 8:00 PM
Grand Ballroom CD, St. Charles Convention Center
Opening Act

Professor Shyguy




featured act

Caleb Hyles




St. Charles Pride Anime Drag Show- AFTER DARK (18+)

SATurday, MAY 4, 2019 — 10:00 PM
Junior CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Information Coming Soon…

Food Showdown

SUNDAY, MAY 5, 2019 — 12:00 PM
Grand Ballroom CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Does your heart beat fast and adrenaline pump while watching Food Wars!? Have you ever wanted to compete in a food competition, but never get a chance? Anime St. Louis wants to give YOU that opportunity! In a two hour event on Sunday, May 5th at 12:00 PM, two attendees, and last year’s winner will face off to see who will be Anime St. Louis third Food Showdown! Each year will have a dish announced after contenders are chosen and will be announced with the contenders on Facebook!

GRAND PRIZE – The prize for the winner is a (2) FREE WEEKEND PASSES to Anime St. Louis 2020, a guaranteed spot to compete in the 2020 showdown and a trophy.

This year, we’ll be announcing two (2) special ingredients that must be incorporated!


The competition will be three rounds in total. Based on the theme announced after the competitors are chosen, they must make a TWO (2) COURSE meal and each course will be per round. The rounds & courses will compromise of:

  • ROUND ONE – Cold OR Hot Appetizer (20 minutes)
  • ROUND TWO – Main Course & Side Dish (35 minutes)
  • You must make (3) servings of each course, one for each judge. Each must be identical.
  • There are (2) special ingredients. Competitors can decide which course each special ingredient is incorporated in but it can’t be in more than one of the courses.
  • At the end of each round, the judges will taste the dish and write their opinions down. Then the competitors will prep for the next round. After the third round and tasting, the judges will begin deliberating before the announcement of the winner.
  • We want to see you get creative! This year you can bring any groceries and additional electronics you want.

Guidelines/Things to Know

  • No professional cooking experience required. We just ask for keeping your hands clean (no touching of your hair or face) during the prep and cooking process.
  • Between rounds, the facility’s dish power washer will be made available for contestants to clean cookware.
  • Special Ingredient is announced after the competitors are chosen to accommodate any allergies or special dietary restrictions.
  • Vegetarians, Pescatarian, Vegans, Gluten Intolerant, etc.…All cooks of every background and dietary are welcome!
  • ANIME ST. LOUIS will provide per contender the (2) special ingredients, (1) 3-cup rice cooker and (2) hot plates.
  • ATTENDEE will provide cooking utensils, electronics (beyond what’s provided) pots and pans, spices, seasonings, and groceries.
  • If you wish to bring an additional electronic that needs a hookup, we ask you to warn us ahead of time so we can have power properly ready.
  • Aprons will not be provided.
  • We will have first aid onsite for any incidents.
  • Must be able to cook under pressure and possibly under a camera/may be streamed.
  • April 23rd, contenders will be informed by the end of the day if they were chosen, the theme and special ingredients. In the e-mail, we will enclose what this year’s dish will be. Wednesday, April 24th, we will publicly announce the contenders.
  • If you wish to use alcohol in your recipe, you must be 21+. There are no exceptions.
  • Contenders must arrive by 11:00 AM on Sunday, May 5th in Grand Ballroom CD in the St. Charles Convention Center. No prepping or marinating may begin, but the setup of your designated area and additional electronics can begin.
  • We will be providing a way to wash your hands after prepping raw meats.
  • End products will get photographed for the ASTL social media and website for future advertisement.


Closing Ceremonies

Sunday, MAY 5, 2019 — 4:00 PM
Grand Ballroom CD, St. Charles Convention Center

Close out the 2019 year and rock out with Caleb Hyles!

featured act

Caleb Hyles