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!
To obtain more detailed info, please visit Taste of Asia website: www.taste-of-asia.