Thursday, August 1, 2013

Harbourfront Toronto: Celebrate Pan-Asian Flavours & Entertainment August 9 - 11 2013

From a media release:

Fortune Cooking Food Festival
An exciting assortment of Pan-Asian flavours & entertainment Aug. 9-11, 2013

Explore the array of Pan-Asian cuisine, culture and artistic expression that Fortune Cooking has to offer at Harbourfront Centre. From August 9 through 11, this festival delves into the progression of trends and flavours originating in Asia.

In keeping with Harbourfront Centre’s curatorial theme, “terrain,” Fortune Cooking taps into the uniqueness of foods grown in specific soils and climates, and on a broader term, the geographical impact terrain has on food culture. Explorations of tea pairings from various cities, the process of fermentation to highlight flavours and development of chopsticks from different regions are some of the areas that are examined. Fortune Cooking also explores the impact that the urban setting of Toronto and its cross-pollination of cultures has on Asian cuisine and how it changes over time.

Complete festival event listings

Fortune Cooking highlights include:

• Ramen Runoff
Friday, August 9 from 7 – 9:30 p.m. – Zone 5

Who’s the best ramen chef in town? Ramen has conquered Toronto this past year with new ramen and noodle shops opening around the city. Ramen began as Chinese wheat
noodles with a Japanese twist. What’s Toronto’s twist? Taste all the offerings and vote for Toronto’s best! Sampler plate $5.
• Autorickshaw
Friday, August 9, 2013 - 8:00PM – -9:00PM - WestJet Stage

Autorickshaw is a critically acclaimed, cutting-edge Canadian world music ensemble. Formed in 2003, Autorickshaw has toured the world, with stops in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe and India. Led by the stellar vocals of Suba Sankaran, the reboot of Autorickshaw features a heavier, layered sonic landscape, with a full drumkit, electric guitar, strings, percussion as well as signature tabla and electric bass.

• White Jade
August 9 – 11, 2013
Friday, August 9 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm - Westjet Stage
Sunday, August 11, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:00pm - Westjet Stage
White Jade is a fashionable electronic pop band from China that mixes traditional Chinese music, high-tech visual elements and electronic rhythms into their explosive live show. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of China in Toronto.
• The Skylines: Baila and Tea
Saturday, August 10 from 7 - 8 p.m. – Redpath Stage

The Skylines have been entertaining crowds since 2005 with their unique mix of Sri Lankan baila music and pop. Formed by childhood friends from different musical
backgrounds, their musical arsenal includes Motown, funk, rock, reggae, soca, Latin and baila. Their music is a perfect accompaniment to a tasting of teas from Sri Lanka, part of Tea!Chai!Thé. Sri Lanka is famed for producing the finest teas in the world and is home to the Ceylon Tea Museum.
• Tea!Chai!Thé!, a celebration of the ancient drink and all its incarnations including talks by world-renowned author James Norwood Pratt, tea pairings, workshops on tea-blending and tea-dyeing, discussions and tastings with members of the Tea Guild of Canada and more;
• All You Can Laugh Buffet
Saturday, August 10 from 9:30 - 11 p.m. – WestJet Stage

Sabrina Jalees (MuchMusic, YTV, CBC) headlines a comedy showcase starring Canada's finest Pan-Asian comics, hosted by Ben Mathai from Just For Laughs and featuring
YouTube star Lilly Singh a.k.a Superwoman and local funnyman Ernie Vincente ("ERNtourage").
• Nagata Shachu
Sunday, August 11 from 3 - 4 p.m. – WestJet Stage

Based in Toronto, Nagata Shachu (formerly Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble), has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum
(taiko) since its formation in 1998. The ensemble has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy performing in theatres, concert halls and major music festivals.

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