The 15th Annual TD Taste of Asia Festival was a Huge Success!

MARKHAM- June 26, 2017- The Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham celebrated the annual 15th TD Taste of Asia Festival which took place on Kennedy Rd. between Steeles Ave. and Clayton Drive. It was three great days of multicultural foods and performances on June 23, 24 and 25 2017.

There was amazing weather and the festival welcomed over 180,000 visitors and nearly 180 vendors.
In cooperation with Asianwave, the festival featured a dazzling evening concert by famous Hong Kong singer and actress, Elanne Kong 江若琳. Elanne also held a special meet and greet for her fans on Friday June 23 of the festival, where she chatted with Taste of Asia’s MC, Jesse Kalan Parker, signed autographs and took pictures with fans. The prelude for her concert on Saturday was an all day adventure, including cultural performances, live music, amazing food and fun filled entertainment. Performances included local Canadian talent, Icess, FCCM Children and Adult Chinese Dance, Kung Fu Demonstration by Master Kan and his students, and Muay Thai Performance by Siam’s No. 1 Muay Thai Academy.

New attractions this year included a “Hong Kong City” supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO) and Canada 150 Festivities, sponsored by the Government of Canada, as well as an international and Michelin chefs cooking demonstration during the opening ceremony. This year’s theme country is the Kingdom of Cambodia, which was especially highlighted during the blessing dance performed by Khmer Buddhist Temple of Niagara Dance Group at the opening ceremony to bring good luck and prosperity.

The 15th annual Taste of Asia Festival marks a special time in Canada’s history, as the nation celebrates its 150th year. This year the festival opened for an extra day, to allow for the many new celebrations and activities to be accessible to Canadians far and wide.  Canada 150 booths were placed at the south end of the festival, where activities such as the “Trivia Race”, were held as an opportunity for visiting youth to learn more about Canadian history and the impact that the many Asian communities had on shaping the country. Canadian and Canada 150 themed prizes were given out to all participants.

As well, our vendors provided a wide variety of delicious traditional and fusion Asian foods. Stinky tofu is still a favorite among festival goers as well as fusion styled Chinese bubble waffle served with ice-cream. Other Asian street foods included BBQ skewers, fried potatoes, fish balls and many more.

This year’s festival would not have been possible without the presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, Telecommunications Sponsor, Telus, Honorary Sponsors, The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto and the Royal Thai Embassy, Funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario, Diamond Sponsors, Consulate of the Kingdom of Cambodia in Toronto, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO) and Yelp, Platinum Sponsor, Councillor Alan Ho from the City of Markham, China Southern Airlines and China Focus, Silver Sponsors, Flato Developments and Buick, Corporate Sponsor, Ballantry Homes, as well as other entertainment, food and beverage sponsors and community partners.

The TD Taste of Asia 2017 Festival launches at Parliament Hill!

OTTAWA, May 31st, 2017- The National launch of the 15th annual TD Taste of Asia Festival was held on Parliament Hill on Wednesday May 31st, 2017 as a special reception in light of Asian Heritage Month.

Members of Parliament and Senators from across Canada joined committee members in celebrating Canadian diversity at this special reception on Parliament Hill. Performances and featured Asian cuisine were sponsored by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM) and the Honorary Consul General of Cambodia in Canada, to give a foretaste of the Taste of Asia Festival taking place on June 23, 24, and 25, 2017 in Markham, ON.

Dr. Ken Ng, Chairman of FCCM and Taste of Asia and M.P. Arnold Chan, who is the Deputy House Leader of the Government of Canada and co-host of the event, kicked off the reception with opening remarks.

“As a proud member of the GTA community, I commend Dr. Ken Ng and his organizing committee and Mr. Khaja from the Association of Progressive Muslims in Canada for your efforts year after year in providing not just Markham, but the entire Greater Toronto Area with amazing cultural variety. I also want to thank the Kingdom of Cambodia for sponsoring tonight’s cuisine, it was absolutely impeccable!” said MP. Arnold Chan.

Member of Parliament for Markham-Thornhill Mary Ng, also cohosted the event, emphasizing community support and camaraderie in her remarks celebrating Canada’s unique multiculturalism and diversity. The over-capacity event featured many special guests and dignitaries, including:

Senator Victor Oh, M.P. Geng Tan, MP. Shaun Chen, MP. Terry Duguid, MP. Majid Jowhari, MP. Salma Zahid, MP. Celina C-Chavannes, MP. Kerry Diotte, Mayor of Markham, Frank Scarpitti; Deputy Mayor of Markham, Jack Heath; Richmond Hill Councillor of Ward 6, Godwin Chan; Ward 6 Councillor of Markham, Amanda Colluci; Ward 2 Councillor of Markham, Alan Ho; President of AMPC, Mobeen Khaja; Honourary Consul of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Chhat Chhour; York Region Police former Chief, Armand La Barge; Ambassador of Nepal, Kali Prasad Pokhrel; Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, Marica Matkovic; Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, Selcuk Unal; Ambassador of Argentina, Marcelo Suarez Salvia; Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Saddha Waruna Wilpatha; Ambassador of Lebanon, Sami Haddad; Deputy High Commissioner of India, Arun Kumar Sahu; Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Shaye Lu; Ambassadors of Thailand, Vijavat Isarabhakdii and Sinkai Karokhail.

The 15th annual Taste of Asia Festival marks a special time in Canada’s history, as the nation celebrates its 150th year. This year the festival will open for an extra day, to allow for the many new celebrations and activities to be accessible to Canadians far and wide. “With thanks to TD Bank Group, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, The support of the Honorary Consul General of Cambodia in Canada, and my long-time partners Mayor Frank Scarpitti and Mobeen Khaja, this year’s Taste of Asia will be very memorable as we bring back the amazing cultural performances and celebrity chef programs”, said Dr. Ken Ng, Chairman of FCCM and Taste of Asia. In addition, with special thanks to our new sponsors, the festival will be expanding to include featured attractions such as a “Hong Kong City” supported by Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Toronto (HKETO), a mechanical elephant that stands over 4 meters tall provided by China Focus and Canada 150 Festivities, sponsored by the Government of Canada. As well, featured Hong Kong star, Elanne Kong (江若琳) will be here to put on an amazing evening concert for all festival participants to enjoy!

“The festival has grown tremendously over the years, and we look forward to celebrating Canada’s 150 years of history through great food and entertainment” said Dr. Ken Ng, Chairman of FCCM and Taste of Asia.

About The 2017 TD Taste of Asia Festival

The 2017 TD Taste of Asia Festival is a three day festival of multicultural foods and performances on June 23, 24 & 25, 2017. The festival will take place on Kennedy Rd. between Steeles Ave. and Clayton Drive, which will be closed to traffic to host the event. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome. Over 150 booths will be there to cater to your taste buds and curiosity from Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday noon to 11pm and Sunday noon to 6pm. Enjoy delicious cuisine, free shows, live entertainment, dancing, celebrity chefs, and much more.

For further information and updates on Taste of Asia, please visit our website and follow our social media pages:

www.taste-of-asia.ca
https://www.facebook.com/tasteofasiastreetfestival/
twitter.com/Tasteofasiafest
instagram.com/tasteofasiafest

慶加拿大150周年,第十五屆道明銀行亞洲文化美食節在國會山啓動

— 6月23、24、25三日,與您約定共享一場亞洲文化美食的盛宴

作為亞裔文化月慶祝每年必備項目之一,道明銀行亞洲文化美食節近日在國會山正式啓動。第十五屆道明銀行亞洲文化美食節定於6月23、24、25日三天舉行,今年活動由萬錦加華聯會、萬錦市政府及柬甫赛王國共同主辦,還得到了聯邦政府、安省政府及萬錦市政府的大力協助及香港經貿處的鼎力支持,又適逢加拿大150周年慶祝,特增加一天為民眾提供更多精釆節目,三天的活動,屆時預計有超過18萬人參與,大家可以通過兩天的活動體驗各種亞洲文化美食。

萬錦亞洲文化美食節、萬錦加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生表示「今年的道明銀行亞洲文化美食節的特色節目包括開設香港城展區。除了邀請到香港名星江若琳Elanne Kong獻唱,還有加拿大政府贊助的機器人大象等」。這只是周六晚上持繼至午夜中心舞台節目的一小部分,6月23、24、25三天來到活動現場,精彩文化节目表演、特色美食一定不會讓您失望!

啓動活動由國會副議長陳家諾及新當選華裔國會議員伍鳳儀共同主持,參議員胡子修、以及眾多國會議員、省議員、市議員及亞洲多國駐加拿大大使到場表示支持。萬錦亞洲文化美食節從2003年一個只有十幾個攤位的美食節發展到今天能吸引十幾萬人規模,並獲選安省前100個最好的街頭嘉年華奬項,這離不開多年來社區機構,熱心人士的共同努力,更離不開三級政府及贊助商的大力支持。

吳建忠醫生繼表示,今年的活動有道明銀行以及柬甫寨王國的支持,以及活動多年合作夥伴薛家平市長以及活動策劃團隊的共同努力,大家會看到精彩多元文化表演。活動每年都會有新贊助商及團體加入,今年適逢香港回歸二十周年,香港經貿處帶來了很多香港元素。

亞洲文化美食節定於6月23、24、25日共三天,在萬錦市Kennedy夾Steeles太古廣場旁封路舉行。免費入場。詳情請電905-946-1137。

The 15th Annual TD Taste of Asia Festival Launches

April 28, 2017 Markham— the launch of the much anticipated annual festival—TD Taste of Asia 2017 was formally announced by Chairman Dr. Ken Ng of the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Hon. Minister Michael Chan, together with presenting sponsor TD, at the media conference held today at the Markham Civic Centre. This year’s festival will fall on the weekend of June 23rd, 24th and 25th, bringing the best of Asian cultures, experiences and food to the Ontarians and tourists once again.

“With the support of our presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, we will be expecting some newer and greater things. In terms of celebration, we will be bringing out amazing cultural performances by our youth in Markham,” said Dr. Ken Ng, “This is the 15th year milestone of the Taste of Asia, as well as the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover, therefore, we will have a designated zone to feature “Party and Happy, I Love Hong Kong” (我愛香港- 開心大聚會). Within this area, year round happy events of Hong Kong will be introduced to the audience. Standing cards like the Dine and Wine event, Cheung Chau Bun Festival, peak trams and so on will be displayed for portrait photo shooting. Videos and photos about Hong Kong will be displayed. Another new attraction that will definitely draw in a crowd is a mechanical elephant that stands over 4 meters tall brought by China Focus (中盛發展). Guests will have the chance to feed the elephant simulator with bananas and take pictures with it. Additionally, our feature country is Cambodia, and our sponsor, the Kingdom of Cambodia will sponsor a Cambodian Royal Palace Pavilion section, which will feature dancers, food and other entertainment from Cambodia. Finally, to commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, Taste of Asia will feature a “Trivia Race”, as an opportunity for visiting youth to learn more about Canadian history in addition to participating in other historically related activities that will be held at the Canada 150 booths.

“With Presenting Partner TD, Flato Development as Lifestyle sponsor, Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Royal Thai Embassy, Korean Galleria Supermarket, and many other corporate sponsors, together with the full cooperation from the City of Markham, York Regional Police, Markham Fire Department” said the Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, “this 15th Taste of Asia Festival will definitely be a great success, drawing record high vendors, booths and visitors.”

Hon. Minister Michael Chan makes a speech, announcing the Celebrate Ontario grant, as well as mentioning that he has been an enthusiastic participant of the Taste of Asia since the beginning.

Thanking the government of Ontario for their ongoing support Dr. Ken Ng announced, “We are going to make it a mission to involve more youths this year in our programs. We will also be inviting International Michelin Chefs from Asia, Mr. Wai Hung Lai to broaden the perspective of Asian cuisine at our festival, from the most popular fusion street eats from our amazing vendors to the refined flavours from these international chefs on stage!”

This year’s festival would not be made possible without the presenting partner, TD Bank Group, Honorary Sponsors, The Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto, Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) and the Royal Thai Embassy, Government of Canada, Celebrate Ontario, City of Markham, food and beverage sponsors and community partners today.

TD Taste of Asia Festival 2017 means three great days of multicultural foods and performances on June 23-25, 2017. The festival will take place on Kennedy Rd. between Steeles Ave. and Clayton Drive which will be closed to traffic to host the event. Admission is FREE. Expect over 150 booths to be there to cater to your taste buds and curiosity from Friday 7pm to 11pm, Saturday 11 am to midnight and Sunday 11am to 7pm. Enjoy free shows, live entertainment, on site cooking demonstration, dancing, Overseas Chinese Stars, Martial Arts, Bollywood and a lot more.

Mark your calendar now and see you there!

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2017年4月28日

[多倫多訊] 第十五屆道明銀行萬錦亞洲文化美食節於4月28日在萬錦市政廳正式啟動。在當天的新聞發布會上,萬錦加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生以及萬錦市市長薛家平、安省貿易廳廳長陳國治以及活主題贊助商道明銀行一起宣布了今年的活動為6月23至25日共3天,活動將帶領大家體驗最好的亞洲文化及美食。

萬錦加華聯會主席吳建忠醫生表示,在道明銀行集團的大力支持下,我們今年將會有一些更新更好的元素。作為慶祝活動的一環,我們將展示來自萬錦市年輕人出色的文化表演。吳建忠醫生續表示,今年是萬錦亞洲文化美食節的十五週年里程碑,同時也是香港回歸20週年紀念,因此大會將設置一個特別的“我愛香港-開心大聚會”區域,在這個區域,將會設置一些如美食美酒、高峰期有軌電車等佈景版供拍照留念,還會有香港圖片及錄像展示。另外一個吸睛元素是由中盛發展提供的四米高的電子大象,遊客們將有機會用香蕉餵食模擬大象並與之拍照。此外,今年的主題國家是柬埔寨,作為活動贊助的柬埔寨皇國將會贊助一個柬埔寨皇宮館,屆時將展示柬埔寨舞蹈、美食以及其他娛樂節目。今年恰逢加拿大150歲生日,萬錦亞洲文化美食節將設置加拿大150攤位,攤位上有“常識比賽”,讓參加活動的年輕人在了解亞洲文化的同時也更了解加拿大的歷史。

萬錦市長薛家平也在啟動儀式上表示,在活動贊助商道明銀行集團,Flato生活品味發展公司、柬埔寨王國政府、泰國皇家大使、韓國家樂匯超市等的大力支持以及萬錦市政府、約克區警署、萬錦消防部門的全力參與下,第十五屆萬錦亞洲文化美食節一定會取得成功,將會吸引歷屆最多的參與者和展示攤位!

安省貿易廳長陳國治在新聞發布會上宣布了慶祝安省經費,並強調自己從萬錦亞洲文化美食節創立開始就一直是活動的積極參與者和支持者。吳建忠醫生感謝了安省政府一直以來的大力支持,並表示將把引進更多年輕人參與作為今年活動的使命。吳建忠醫生還透露了今年將邀請到來自亞洲的國際米其林廚師在舞台上演示廚藝,屆時大家不但可以品嚐到美食攤位上的街頭美食,也可以欣賞到國際級大師的廚藝。

今年的道明銀行萬錦亞洲文化美食節贊助商還包括中華人民共和國駐多倫多總領事館、香港經貿處、加拿大政府以及各食物、飲料贊助商及社區合作夥伴。

第十五屆萬錦亞洲文化美食節定於6月23、24、25三天舉行,地點設在肯尼迪路Steeles和Clayton路段之間,屆時將會封路舉行,費用全免。現場有超過150個美食、文化攤位,以及不間歇的文化娛樂表演包括廚藝表演、舞蹈、中國明星表演、印度歌舞等。週五從晚上7時至11時,週六從上午11時至午夜,週日從上午11時至晚上7時。

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