With “food” being the recurring theme in Toronto this weekend, Harbourfront Centre joined full force with “Fortune Cooking,” a Pan-Asian festival celebrating the tastes and flavours of Asia with a major emphasis on tea.
We kicked things off on Friday, Aug. 9, with a Ramen Runoff, bringing in large crowds to find out who rules the yummiest ramen in town. Six participating chefs competed with their best recipes as festival revelers got to taste and vote for their favourite flavour combinations. Winners included Chef Vanessa Yeung (Most Original), Chef Roy Takahashi (Best Noodles and Broth), and Chef Shin Aoyama (Best Overall).
We know what you’re probably thinking: How hot can a piece of watermelon-flavoured candy really be? Candy is for kids, right? Maybe I’ll have my five year-old daughter try it, too. Wrong. That would be a terrible idea. This is the world’s hottest candy. Period. There should be a skull and crossbones label on the packaging. It’ll turn your saliva into lava and your mouth into a raging inferno no earthly substance can extinguish. You will suffer.
Temperatures might be cooling down, but we’re firing up another colourful season of dance starting this September! It’s been a long summer of fun in the sun down here at Harbourfront Centre, but we’re just about ready to strap on our dancing shoes and hit the barre – dance pun intended. So, if you’d like to come dance with us, be sure to chassé your way to NextSteps this season!
What better way to finish off the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival than a singing showdown between two of Toronto’s top Filipino voices? Diva to Diva with Josie de Leon and Chiqui Pineda will take place on August 18th from 5PM to 6PM on the Redpath Stage!
DJ Mensa always brings his A-game. From the warm-up to cooldown, and everything in between, he keeps it hot with mix-ups of hip hop and R&B. Having already made guest appearances on MuchVibe, Rap City, MTV Select and CBC, the word has spread about DJ Mensa. His Coolout series of mixes have gained notoriety both locally and overseas, and a slew of side projects and shows have him occupied indefinitely – including this upcoming weekend when he performs alongside Filipino-Canadian singer-songwriter Jessica David at the Mabuhay! Philippines Festival.
With over 10 different combinations of tea vendors and workshops, Fortune Cooking – a festival highlighting the best dishes, restaurants, music, dance and artists from East Asian to Southeast/South Asia – is sure to satisfy all tea lovers. Events vary from tea-dying, tea dances and even the myths, legends and untruths about tea.
Toronto’s Caribbean vacation is officially over. This past weekend, Harbourfront Centre hosted its every-popular Island Soul and Calypso STARS Festival from Aug. 2-5. The civic long-weekend celebrated all things Caribbean with music, dance, film and of course food!!
White Jade is a band from China that adds a twist to traditional Chinese music by adding electronic rhythms and pairing it with high-tech visuals to create a live performance that is out of this world. The group has been together for almost two years and has already released their debut self-titled album. It was recorded overseas in England, with …