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Opening Ceremonies | Anime St. Louis Got Talent Drag Show | ConcertFood Showdown | Closing Ceremony Concert

Opening Ceremonies

FRIDAY, April 22, 2022
Grand Ballroom C, 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! Plus a special performance to start the weekend by Caleb Hyles!






Anime St. Louis Got Talent

Grand Ballroom C, St. Charles Convention Center

Judges: Caleb Hyles, Sapphire, and Marcus M. Mauldin

Grand Prize: (2) Free Badges for 2023

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!

Try-Outs – Friday 7:00 PM – Calhoun- Embassy Suites, 3rd Floor; right of the elevator

Come and show off your skill whether it’s juggling with (prop) daggers or breakdancing while eating ramen! Do you have what it takes to be Anime St. Louis’s Super Star of this year!? Only one way to find out! This year tryouts are being held first come, first serve in Calhoun in the Embassy Suites on the third floor! Stop by any time between 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM to give it a shot! Wait times may vary. Please have any music needed ready on a flash drive, in MP3 or WAV format.

**Those who are performing un-masked MUST have a wristband**

Rehearsals – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Grand Ballroom C, St. Charles Convention Center

Performance – Saturday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Grand Ballroom C, St. Charles Convention Center

Anime St. Louis Drag Show (2023)

We are unable to host a Drag Show for 2022, but it’ll be back in 2023! Please look forward to it next year!


Anime St. Louis Concert

SATURDAY, April 23, 2022
South Exhibit Hall, St. Charles Convention Center












Food Showdown

SUNDAY, april 24, 2022
South Exhibit Hall, St. Charles Convention Center

Judges: Caleb Hyles, Heidi Hamamura, Derek Kaliszewski

Does your heartbeat fast and adrenaline pump while watching Food Wars!? Have you ever wanted to compete in a food competition, but never gotten a chance? Anime St. Louis wants to give YOU that opportunity! In a two-hour event on Sunday, April 24th, three attendees will face off to see who will be Anime St. Louis’s fourth Food Showdown! Each year will have a theme 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 2023, a guaranteed spot to compete in the 2023 showdown AND 2022 badge reimbursement!

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


The competition will be two 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– Entrée (30 minutes)
  • ROUND TWO –  Dessert (20 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 second 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 is required. We just ask you 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.
  • You will be allowed to pre-heat your hot plate and pre-cook AND season your rice, but that is your responsibility prior to the beginning of the show. You must use our rice cookers. Show up on time!
  • 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 on site for any incidents.
  • Must be able to cook under pressure and possibly under a camera/may be streamed.
  • April 16th, contenders will be informed by the end of the day if they were chosen, the theme, and special ingredients. April 19th, we will publicly announce the contenders and theme.
  • 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, April 24 in Exhibit Hall South 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, April 24, 2022
South Exhibit Hall, St. Charles Convention Center

Wind down the weekend with one final performance from YouTube sensation Sapphire!
See you next year!