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:


— 6月23、24、25三日,與您約定共享一場亞洲文化美食的盛宴


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!




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!




[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。






Galleria Scholarship: Apply now!

If you are a full-time post secondary student who needs financial assistance for tuition, one of Taste of Asia’s affiliated sponsors, Galleria is offering a sponsorship that you may be interested!

See details below:

Volunteer Recruitment for the 15th Annual Taste of Asia Festival!

The Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham are looking for exceptional individuals in the community who would like to volunteer and participate in Canada’s largest asian festival, “Taste of Asia”!

If you are enrolled in a secondary education institute, this is a fast and easy way to complete your community hours!

Application forms for being a general volunteer or a volunteer leader are already available.

Taste of Asia General Volunteer Application form:

Taste of Asia Volunteer Leader Application form:

In addition, you can apply to…

Be part of the Taste of Asia executive committee!

The Taste of Asia executive committee has created the unique opportunity for exceptional members of the community to get involved with the planning of this huge event. If you interested in collaborating with the executive Taste of Asia planning committee and developing leadership skills to coordinate Canada’s largest Asian Festival, this is the position for you!

Positions available: 

Logistics Assistant and Shadow 

Social Media Promoter 

Graphics & Productions Assistant 

Vendor Organizer Assistant