Fortune Cooking Food Festival – 2010

Fortune Cookie Food Festival

This inaugural food festival will explore the delicious diversity of Pan Asian cuisine through demos, music, and dance.

The Harbourfront Centre is the place to be this weekend!

Admission:  Free
Where:  The Harbourfront Centre  –  235 Queens Quay West


Redpath Kids Crafts
August 21-22, 2010

Kids learn how to make good fortune paper chain bracelets!

Just Desserts Market
August 21-22, 2010

It’s delicious and irresistible! Created specifically for the Fortune Cooking Food Festival, the Just Desserts Market is the place to buy and sample an eclectic variety of Pan-Asian sweets, treats and desserts. 
With vendors representing Asian desserts in all its variety, audiences will be offered a taste of what the city has to offer from Canadian culinary artisans of Asian heritage.

List of vendors:
Sweet Pa Pa
Sanko Trading Co.
Hodo Kwaja Walnut Cake

Canadian Tibetan Traditional Performing Arts Group
August 22, 2010 – 3:30 – 4:30pm

Trained Tibetan traditional dance and music teachers and students of all ages preserve and promote the Tibetan cultural heritage and contribute to the cultural diversity of Canada.

Dumplings to Desire Cooking Demo: Tibetan Momo
August 22, 2010

Dumplings to Desire is a food series exploring the dumpling and its incarnations across provinces, countries and regions. It will serve up diverse dumplings from across Asia, anything from Tibetan momos to Korean Mandu to Chinese Jiǎozi to Japanese Dango.

During this installment, Chef Tenzin Yewong from Tibet Café & Bar will demonstrate how to create Tibetan beef and vegetable momos.

Origami Fortunes
August 21-22, 2010

The Origami Society of Toronto (OST) leads an origami workshop where kids learn how to make origami fortune cookies and other fortune-related origami crafts.  

For the past 25 years, the Origami Society of Toronto has been the centre of activity for origami in Toronto. Their teams of folders have become regulars at events at the ROM, Downsview Park and schools and libraries across the GTA and beyond.

Greenbelt Farmers Tasting Market
August 21-22, 2010

Modelled after the international Terra Madre (Mother Earth) conference which takes place in Italy every two years, Harbourfront Centre and the Greenbelt Foundation present a tasting from farmers whose livelihood is integrally connected to the earth. Ontario boasts some of the most fertile farming land on the planet, and we now have the largest protected area of land in the world in the Greenbelt. 

Join farmers in a conversation about the work that they do and the wide range of foods that are available right here in Ontario. Stretch your knowledge of the more exotic offerings that you may have never realized grow right here.

Shirley Lum | Host
August 21-22, 2010

Shirley Lum, culinary historian, literary detective, Ghost Walk guide, is the founder of A Taste of the World Walks since its inception in 1993. You might find her voice familiar today if you’re a CBC Radio fan. Twice this year, she was interviewed by Rita Celli, host of Ontario Today.  You may also have seen her as a guest on various food televisions shows or featured in various local and national newspapers such as the Toronto StarNational Post and Globe & Mail.

Mi Young Kim Dance Company Performance & Workshop
August 22, 2010 – 1:30PM

Mi Young Kim has established herself as one of the leading figures in the Korean-Canadian cultural scene. She works as a dancer, choreographer and teacher, and founded the Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada in 1979.

Performance lineup:

Small Gong Dance by Mi Young Kim Dance Company 
Small Gong is a typical musical instrument used in Korean farmer’s music. The crisp sound and light dance steps adds to the excitement of the harvest festival.

Harvest Dance by Adult Dance Class 
Dancing with the rice stalks, performers mimic movements of harvesting rice in the field. It shows the farmer’s joy and movement of traditional farmer’s dance.

Jianggo Chum by Mi Young Kim Dance Company
Jianggo is an hourglass-shaped drum. It is the staple musical instrument in traditional Korean music. Chum means dance. So the jianggo chum is a marriage between the two most iconic elements in Korean arts. The dance can range from being elegant to very exhilarating.

Soo Ryu Drum Dance by Mi Young Kim Dance Company 
It is a contemporary piece, inspired by the artistic director’s trip to Central Park, New York. The dance shows the mingling of cultures and different artistic styles that the company draws inspiration from everyday.

Performance and Audience Workshop of Sogo Chum/Small Drum Dance 
Sogo is a small hand-held drum. It is a popular prop in Korean farmer’s music and dance. The drum’s small size allows dancers to do many light, intricate movements such as spinning the drum, many skips and turns and squats.


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