The year 2017 is a very special year, not only for Taste of Asia but for Canada as well. Not only is this the 15th annual Taste of Asia, but also Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation! As such, there’s no better way to celebrate our country’s sesquicentennial celebration than to showcase Canada’s multicultural diversity through this year’s Taste of Asia festival. In recognition of the vast multicultural diversity in Canada, this year’s Taste of Asia festival will be partly funded by the Government of Canada as a part of Canada 150.

The Taste of Asia festival is a platform for the community to promote the multicultural mosaic of Canada and create harmony between various cultural groups through an event that fostered mutual respect and cooperation. The first festival took place in 2003 and has since grown into one of the biggest street festivals in the GTA.

This year’s celebration will not only be about the food but will also feature a new event, the “Trivia Race”, 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. While exploring the festival, visitors can also find out more about the many historical connections between Canada and its multicultural communities. To honour Canada’s multicultural tradition, this new addition to Taste of Asia hopes to promote a sense of belonging by facilitating a better understanding of the relationship between Canada and recognize many of the exceptional individuals from diverse backgrounds who have come to call this country home. There will also be take-home memorabilia and recognitions for participating youth.

Canada150 is a cross-Canada celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary since Confederation! In addition to this year’s Taste of Asia festival, organizations and communities all over the country are hosting a wide variety of events and festivities for all Canadians to take part in and enjoy. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with the virtual and real-life communities that make Canada such an amazing and diverse place to live.

For more information about this year’s Taste of Asia festival, be sure to visit http://www.taste-of-asia.ca/ and keep an eye out for more events and updates. You can also go to www.canada.ca/150 and check out some of the awesome events happening across the country in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday!