Fortune Cooking Festival | Harbourfront Center | Toronto

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From August 20th, 2010, to the 22nd, the first ever Fortune Cooking Food Festival will be held at the Harbourfront Center in Toronto, showcasing a pantheon of Asian cuisines throughout a wide variety of events and competitions as well as revealing insight into the contemporary Asian restaurant business.

Indeed, the Festival aims to extend its scope beyond merely Asian food and into the culture behind Asian cuisines. According to the curatorial statement for the event,

“The inaugural Fortune Cooking Food Festival will explore the delicious diversity of Pan Asian cuisine and culture through “globalocal” perspectives…Under this frame, we will examine the influences of geographical and historical factors in the evolution of culinary and artistic traditions.”

During the three-day “cultural feast,” audiences will be presented a combination of food, music, film, and dance, with local Toronto dishes, restaurants, and artists all on display. Canadian and Asian heritage will both be emphasized. Highlight events will include a performance by the Canadian Tibetan Traditional Performing Arts Group, as well as Longo’s Fortune Cooking Iron Chef Competition, in which star chefs from local contemporary Asian restaurants will be judged by celebrity chefs such as the world famous Susur Lee and Andrew Chase, and hosted by TV personality Christian Pritchard.

In addition, there will be several film screenings shown at the Festival which highlight several intriguing aspects of Asian cuisine as it is manifested across the globe. A definite must-watch will be Cheuk Kwan’s Chinese Restaurants: Beyond Frontiers, due to be screened on August 21st. The 15-part documentary series tells the story of the Chinese diaspora through its most recognizable and enduring icon – the family-run Chinese restaurant.

Watch as renowned filmmaker Cheuk Kwan travels to the cities of India and into the jungles of the Brazilian Amazon and comes face to face with Chinese communities who have transcended geographical, political and social frontiers. And, according to the festival website, the screening will be directly followed by an interview and Q-and-A with director Cheuk Kwan, hosted by Lily Cho, Associate Professor of English at the University of Western Ontario.

All in all, the festival promises to be a fun and enlightening experience that should delight anyone with a taste for Asian cuisine and culture!



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