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Fortune Cooking Festival presented by CIBC
Celebrate the tastes, sights and sounds of Asia
September 16, 2012

TORONTO, ON (Aug. 16, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre is pleased to announce our celebration of Pan-Asian food and culture. The Fortune Cooking Festival presented by CIBC highlights the amazing array of culinary traditions and trends that encompass the Asian continent, and gives audiences a taste of the culture that surrounds them. The Fortune Cooking Festival, held on Sunday, Sept. 16, builds on the flavours of the Vietnamese Lantern Festival, which will be held the day before.

Witness culinary traditions and trends that are constantly at a crossroads as they are embraced, transformed and redefined by cultures around the world; savour a sampling of some of the city’s top restaurants, where Asian flavours have been transformed into something local; and catch performances and crafts celebrating and showcasing elements of Asian culture.

Full event listings are below. Highlights of Fortune Cooking Festival include:
• A Saturday-night (Sept 15) screening of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi to lead into the festival;
• In the ever-popular Iron Chef Competition, local chefs specialising in Asian cuisine face off in a battle to creatively employ the secret ingredient;
• Cooking demos from the Toronto Garlic Festival, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen and EDO’s Ryo Ozawa;
• Performances by Raging Asian Women, Samprdaya Dance Creations and others;
• …and much more!

For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000. Harbourfront Centre is located at 235 Queens Quay West in the heart of downtown Toronto’s waterfront.

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, not-for-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront. Our summer festival season runs from Victoria Day weekend through Thanksgiving weekend, and features over 20 festivals and events that offer The World in One Place. For more information visit

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. In 2011, CIBC contributed more than $35 million to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada to support national, regional and local organizations. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at

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Street Food Spotlight
Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon, 2 & 4 p.m.
Get your taste buds traveling as Fortune Cooking takes you on a journey to the world of Pan Asian street food. Join us as chefs from across the city offer a chance to taste some of the best street food from across Asia. Featured chefs in this series include Sang Kim showcasing the best in Korean street food and Rudy Boguila of Lamesa Filipino Kitchen.

Harvest Time Cooking Demonstration: Toronto Garlic Festival
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
Toronto Garlic Festival features chef Sanjiz Mathews preparing a harvest-themed dish using delicious local Ontario garlic. The chef will discuss the merits of cooking with Ontario garlic with a local garlic farmer and the demo will include useful tips on how to expertly cook with garlic.

Asian Appetizers with Florence Kwok
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2 & 4:30 p.m.
Cooking instructor Florence Kwok will take visitors on a tour of traditional Asian appetizers.

Fortune Cooking Iron Chef Competition: Street Food Edition
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.
Experience a one-day sampler of our ever-popular Fortune Cooking Iron Chef competition, with a special focus on street food. The secret ingredient will guide the way as two of Toronto's top chefs of contemporary Asian cuisine go head-to-head in a battle of culinary supremacy.

Harvest Time Cooking Demonstration: Chef Ryo Ozawa of EDO
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.
Join Executive Chef of EDO, Ryo Ozawa, as he guides you through the tastes and flavours of harvest time Japanese cuisine. Ozawa, who specialized in classical French cuisine in his native Japan, has won national and international competitions and has refined EDO’s menu with his combination of Japanese essence and western sensitivities. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Japan

Jeng Yi
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m.
Jeng Yi is a Korean drum and dance ensemble that performs an exciting repertoire of original compositions, dance works and traditional pieces. The members of the ensemble perform primarily on two types of leather drums and two types of metal gongs. The members of Jeng Yi are also dancers, and perform in the much-talked-about piece Pyong, in which each member dances while spinning a ribboned hat called the Sangmo. Jeng Yi's artistic director, Charles Hong, has been drumming and dancing since 1990 and spent four years in Seoul, apprenticing under master drummer Kim Duk Soo. He teaches Korean drumming at the University of Toronto and York University.

Raging Asian Women
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 5:30 p.m.
RAW is a diverse collective of East- and South-East-Asian women carrying on the North American taiko drumming tradition and promoting social justice while making music. The group integrates rhythm and movement to show a powerful expression of its members' experiences as Asian-Canadian women. RAW believes in the power of collective creation and collaboration, and is continually working to develop innovative artistic ideas.

Sampradaya Dance Creations
Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon
Sampradaya Dance Creations, a Mississauga-based professional dance company specializing in the creation and production of classical and contemporary dance works rooted in the tradition of bharatanatyam, a South Asian dance form, presents a suite of two folk dances from India that will entertain audiences with rhythm, colour and vivacity. Ghumar, a rhapsody of movement from the desert sands of Rajasthan, and Dandia Raas, from the vibrant traditions of Gujarat, both celebrate the joyous celebrations of community festivals.

Little Pear Garden
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 4 p.m.
The Little Pear Garden Collective is dedicated to raising the profile of professional Chinese-Canadian artists through the presentation and production of high-calibre artistic programming. Members of the collective include professional artists, cultural workers, and community leaders.

Movie Night at Fortune Cooking: Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m.
Movie Night explores the intersection of Asian culture and food. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a quiet yet enthralling documentary that chronicles the life of Jiro Ono, the most famous sushi chef in Tokyo. For most of his 85 years, Jiro has been perfecting the art of making sushi, and his ten-seat restaurant, Sukiyabashi Jiro, has been rewarded with a prestigious 3-Star Michelin review, making him the oldest Michelin chef alive. The film explores the passion required to run and maintain the legendary restaurant, and one son’s journey to eventually take his father’s place at the head of the culinary dynasty. Note: This screening takes place the night before the festival.

Kids Food Activity with Cookerydoo
Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon-6 p.m.
Join Cookerydoo, Toronto’s first cooking school exclusively for children, as they guide kids through the making of a traditional Asian treat they can take home with them.

Children’s Activities Booths
Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon-6 p.m.
Join in fun carnival and cultural games with a unique twist, courtesy of the Vietnamese Lantern Festival. Each child 12 and under will have a chance to redeem a prize

Arts and Crafts with Power Unit Youth Organization
Sunday, September 16 from noon-6 p.m.
Power Unit Youth Organization, a youth-driven non-profit Toronto organization, strives to promote youth development and empowerment through philanthropy. The Organization brings an artistic twist to Fortune Cooking with arts and crafts activities designed to speak to each visitors’ creative side, including make your own paper dolls, painting and more. Presented in partnership with Power Unit Youth Organization.

Asian Dog Breed Spotlight with PawsWay
Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m.
Representatives from PawsWay will lead visitors on a journey through the many different breeds of dogs that have originated from Asia, ending with a meet-and-greet with the dogs.

Season-Long Events at Harbourfront Centre
Uncharted Waters: Toronto’s Enigmatic Harbour presented with the assistance of the Toronto Port Authority (June 21, 2012-June 2013)
An outdoor, large-scale photo exhibition of the harbour’s people, places, industries, vessels and ecosystems which uncovers the true value of one of Canada’s largest inland ports.

Summer Music in the Garden presented by TD Bank Group (Most Thursdays, 7 p.m. & Sundays, 4 p.m., July-Sept)
Free performances of classical and traditional music from around the world as Summer Music in the Garden enters its 13th season. Concerts and tours take place in the Toronto Music Garden weather permitting; contact our info desk at 416-973-4000 for updates.

Dancing on the Pier (Thursdays, June 28-Aug. 30, 7-9 p.m.)
Join the Dancing on the Pier house band for social interaction and learning that explores global dance trends, hosted by Martin Samuels.

Free Flicks (Wednesdays, July 4-Aug. 29, approximately 9 p.m.)
From classic film to cult comedy, we explore the journey of the underdog from zero to hero on the big screen, under the stars, hosted by Norm Wilner.

International Marketplace (Weekends June 2-Sept 3)
Shop the world every weekend, all summer long – from Indonesian textiles and Indigenous crafts to African artefacts, South American jewellery and far beyond.

World Café (Weekends May 19-Sept 3)
Our newly renovated World Café features a rotating selection of the best international cuisine at affordable prices.

Harbourfront Centre Street Stage (weekends from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-11 p.m.)
Come and see some of the best street performers this city has to offer!

Canoe Rides and Paddle Boats on the Natrel® Pond (Weekends, May-Oct)
Take a break and enjoy a fun float beside our picturesque boardwalk. Cost: Canoe rides are $4 per person, paddle boats are $5 per person, including life jacket rental and a 15-minute ride.

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