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Fortune Cooking Food Festival
Aug. 20-22

Part of World Routes Summer Festivals 2010 at Harbourfront Centre


TORONTO, ON (July 28, 2010) – The second of two food-focused festivals in the World Routes Summer Festival season, Harbourfront Centre’s Fortune Cooking Food Festival (Aug. 20-22) is the Pan-Asian follow-up to the previous weekend’s ever-popular Hot & Spicy Food Festival!

Food comes FIRST at Fortune Cooking! We will crown a new Longo’s Iron Chef Champion and declare the Best Night Market Cuisine, explore the world of Pan-Asian desserts, discover the endless global variations of dumplings and noodles and much more!

Many famous foodies will be on-site, including Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook), Susur Lee (Lee Restaurant, Top Chef Masters), Andrew Chase (Food editor, Canadian Living, Homemaker’s, Asian cuisine expert) and Matt Galloway (host of CBC Radio’s “Metro Morning”), who are all charged with the difficult task of judging the cooking competitions. Iron Chef contenders include Chef Sasi Meechai-Lim of Mengrai Thai Restaurant, Chef Winlai Wong of Spice Route Asian Bistro & Bar, Chef Manh Nguyen of Supermarket Restaurant and Chef Leemo Han of Swish by Han.

Full yet? Let your food digest while enjoying music, dance, comedy, films and family activities along Toronto’s scenic waterfront! Non-edible events include Stir-fry on the Fly, the newest show from Asiansploitation (Toronto’s premier Asian comedy troupe); San Francisco VJ/musician Mike Relm and Toronto-based Sick.Sound.Syndrome (S3), a five-member collective of vocal percussionists. There are also four film screenings where you can take in everything from Kung Fu fighting in the kitchen to the history of the fortune cookie (hint: it’s not really Chinese). Dance some of that food off with the Mi Young Kim Dance Company or Little Pear Garden Collective before trying to make hand-pulled noodles!

The big idea behind all programming in this year’s World Routes Summer Festivals is “globalocal”, or global to local, a theme programmed into each festival to bring together rich artistic traditions from around the corner to around the globe!

Full event listings by genre:

FOOD

Best Night Market Cuisine Revealed
Friday, Aug. 20, 8-9 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
Vote for your favorite night market treat online and the winner will be invited to demonstrate their tasty night market cuisine on opening night of the festival! Will it be Smelly Tofu or Takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls)? Also, learn about Chinese food etiquette in partnership with Power Unit Youth Organization, organizers of the night market, Night It Up!

Just Desserts Market
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1–12p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 12– 6p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn/Sculpture Court)
Created specifically for the Fortune Cooking Food Festival, Just Desserts Market is where visitors can buy and sample an eclectic variety of Pan-Asian sweets, treats and desserts. With vendors representing Asian desserts in all their varieties, audiences are offered a taste of what the city has to offer from Canadian culinary artisans of Asian heritage.

Longo’s Fortune Cooking Iron Chef
Semi Finals: Saturday, Aug. 21, 1:30-2:30 p.m. & 4:30- 5:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Finals: Sunday, Aug. 22, 2-3:30 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
Experience the high-stakes reality of modern gourmet cooking in this two-day competition as Toronto chefs of contemporary Asian cuisine compete against each other for Longo’s Fortune Cooking Iron Chef supremacy. The chefs competing are: Chef Sasi Meechai-Lim of Mengrai Thai Restaurant vs. Chef Winlai Wong of Spice Route Asian Bistro and Bar and Chef Manh Nguyen of Supermarket Restaurant vs. Chef Leemo Han of Swish by Han. Judges confirmed thus far are: Andrew Chase (Food Editor, Homemaker Magazine; Contributing Food Editor, Canadian Living Magazine), Matt Galloway (host of CBC Radio’s “Metro Morning”) and Susur Lee (chef and owner of Toronto’s Lee Restaurant, among others).

Dumplings to Desire: Mother’s Dumplings & Pork/Chives and Pork/Bok Choy Dumplings
Saturday, Aug. 21, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
This food series will explore dumplings and their various incarnations across provinces, countries and regions. Critically acclaimed Mother’s Dumplings teams up with the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter to not only demonstrate how to create their favorite Chinese dumplings but also to tell fascinating stories about owning a dumpling restaurant in Toronto.

The Art of Hand-pulled Noodles
Saturday, Aug. 21, 3:30-4:15 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Noodle specialist Chef Ken Sun demonstrates the fine art of “La Mian” (hand-pulled) and “Dao Xiao Mian” (hand-shaved) noodles along with musical accompaniment. Families are invited to take part in a handmade noodle-making workshop after the demonstration. Performance includes drumming and martial arts demonstration by Apex Shaolin Kung Fu Academy.

Dumplings to Desire: Chef Jong Beom Park & Kimchi and Beef Dumplings
Saturday, Aug. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In this incarnation of Dumplings to Desire, Chef Jong Beom Park, of North York Man Doo Hyang, uses his traditional Korean culinary skills to demonstrate how to create Kimchi and Beef Dumplings.

Noodle Walk: Chef Marietta Murillo & Pancit Noodles
Saturday, Aug. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In this series exploring the noodle, Chef Marietta Murillo, of Mayette’s International Cuisine in Toronto, uses her Filipina cooking skills to create Pancit Noodles.

Noodle Walk: Chef Anthony Lin & Hakka Chow Mein
Saturday, Aug. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In this series exploring the noodle, Chef Anthony Lin, of Danforth Dragon in Toronto’s Greek town, creates his famous Hakka cuisine, Hakka Chow Mein.

Healthy Contemporary Chinese Cuisine with Martin Yan
Saturday, Aug. 21, 7 p.m. (Brigantine Room)
The celebrated host of over 3,000 cooking shows broadcast worldwide, Martin Yan is a certified Master Chef, highly respected food consultant, cooking instructor and prolific author (over 30 cookbooks). Since his television debut in 1978 with the now classic Yan Can Cook, he has worked to dispel the mysteries of Asian cooking by sharing his extensive knowledge of these excellent cuisines and the cultures that created them, accompanied by his trademark wit and sense of fun. In this intimate food demo, Yan uses a whole chicken to create three dishes: Chinese Chicken Salad, Refreshing Lettuce Cups and Three-Cup Chicken.

Dumplings to Desire: Chef Tenzin Yewong & Tibetan Beef and Vegetable Momos
Sunday, Aug. 22, 1-2 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In this incarnation of Dumplings to Desire, Chef Tenzin Yewong of Tibet Café & Bar, located in Kensington Market, demonstrates how to create Tibetan Beef and Vegetable Momos.

Noodle Walk: Chef Minh La & Tasty Good Burritos
Sunday, Aug. 22, 2:30-3:30 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
In this series exploring the noodle and all its incarnations, Chef Minh La of Chino Locos fuses Tex-Mex with the Far East to create his house specialty, a burrito stuffed with Chow Mein noodles and fresh, traditional burrito toppings.

Dumplings to Desire: Chef Mina Makimine & Lotus Root Dumplings
Sunday, Aug. 22, 4-5 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
As chef at the Official Residence of the Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Chef Mina Makimine demonstrates her culinary skills while making the Lotus Root Dumpling. She has showcased her culinary artistry for various esteemed guests of the Consul-General of Japan including their Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of Japan. With generous support from the Japan Information Centre, Consul-General of Japan in Toronto.

Noodle Walk: Chef Nuit Regular & Sukhothai Pad Thai
Sunday, Aug. 22, 5-6 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace)
In this series exploring the noodle, Chef Nuit Regular, of the critically acclaimed Sukho Thai Restaurant in Toronto, uses culinary skills learned in Thailand to create Sukhothai Pad Thai.

Dumplings to Desire: Chef Robin Pradham & Bison-Kangaroo and Vegetable Momos
Saturday, Aug. 21, 6-7 p.m. (Lakeside Terrace Tent)
In this incarnation of Dumplings to Desire, Chef Robin Pradham of Rocky Raccoon Café, located in Owen Sound, demonstrates how to create his brand of Bison-Kangaroo and Vegetable Momos featuring local Greenbelt and international ingredients.

Greenbelt Farmers. Tasting Market
Saturday, Aug. 21 & Sunday, Aug. 22, 1-6 p.m. (Brigantine Tent)
Tables are set up featuring fresh produce from all over the Greenbelt. Produce is not for sale, but patrons can enjoy a wide array of samples.


FILM

The Killing of a Chinese Cookie
***Canadian Premiere***
Friday, Aug. 20, 7:30–9 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
In a film that takes a comical look at the origins of the Chinese fortune cookie, director Derek Shimoda examines the heated debate over the true origin of the treat, the mixing of eastern and western cultures that produced it, and the cookie’s rise from a simple pastry to a pop culture phenomenon. In partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Chinese Restaurants: Beyond Frontiers
Saturday, Aug. 21, 5–7 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
This film is a part of a 15-part documentary series that tells the story of the Chinese Diaspora through its most recognizable icon – the family-run Chinese restaurant. Filmmaker Cheuk Kwan travels to the cities of India and into the jungles of Brazilian Amazon to interview Chinese restaurant owners and learn about their experiences and the differences between foods from different regions. The screening is followed by an interview with associate professor Lily Cho of the University of Western Ontario, author of the upcoming book Eating Chinese: Culture on the Menu in Small Town Canada, and a question and answer session with Cheuk Kwan. In partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Kung Fu Chefs
***Canadian Premiere***
Saturday, Aug. 21, 8-10 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Directed by Wing Kin Yip, this film follows the story of Wong Ping Yee (legendary Sammo Hung) as he is ousted from his village and finds his way to sisters in need of help with their restaurant. Here he finds a young chef, whom he trains to compete at the Imperial Palace for the title of top chef. In partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

Agrarian Utopia
Sunday, Aug. 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m. (Studio Theatre)
Directed by Uruphong Raksasad, this award-winning film tells the story of two families facing seizure of their lands. They find themselves farming together on the same field, hoping to get through another rice-farming season, all while trying to grasp the ideology of happiness. Winner of the 2009 UNESCO Award at the Asia-Pacific Screen Awards. In partnership with the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.


MUSIC

Toronto Chinese Orchestra
Friday, Aug. 20, 8-9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Toronto Chinese Orchestra is a non-profit organization established in 1993 by a group of Chinese traditional music enthusiasts. As the largest Chinese orchestra in Ontario and the longest running in Canada, with amateur and professional musicians trained in Asia and Canada, they strive to promote and develop an appreciation of Chinese orchestral music and culture amongst Canadians.

Nagata Shachu
Friday, Aug. 20, 10-11 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Based in Toronto, Nagata Shachu uses the Japanese drum (taiko) to rejuvenate the ancient art form of folk drumming in Japan. His innovative and exciting music creates a new voice for the instrument.

Santa Guerilla
Saturday, Aug. 21, 7-7:45p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Santa Guerrilla is a collective of Toronto-based musicians and artists fusing indigenous Filipino instruments, melodies, storytelling and dance with contemporary rhythms, themes and swagger. Using gongs, kulingtangs, drums, chants, dance, and electronic instruments, this group embarks on conquering new musical frontiers while remaining rooted in the traditions of their Filipino heritage.

Maylee Todd
Saturday, Aug. 21, 8-9 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Maylee Todd, one of Canada’s most exciting new music acts, is spreading an infectious energy around town. With the vocal chords of an angel, charismatic stage presence and a string of soulful pop tunes, this bright, young spark is turning heads by reinventing tropical grooves.

SICK.SOUND.SYNDROME
Saturday, Aug. 21, 9-9:15pm (Redpath Stage)
This five-member collective of vocal percussionists have taken the streets by storm with their spin on the fifth element of hip hop: beatboxing. Alongside 2005 Scribble Jam Beatbox Champion J-Beetz, SICK.SOUND.SYNDROME has, in a very short time, become a force to contend with in the world of hip hop.

Mike Relm
Saturday, Aug. 21, 9:30–11 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
Mike Relm is an award-winning turntablist, DJ and VJ from San Francisco. Relm presents a live performance of audio mash-ups paired with video images, manipulated in real time with a turntable-like device. Most recently, he remixed and cut together a custom TV spot for Iron Man 2.

Canadian Tibetan Traditional Performing Arts Group
Sunday, Aug. 22, 3:30–4:30 p.m. (Sirius Stage)
This group consists of trained Tibetan traditional dancers, music teachers and students of all ages who perform a drum and dance ensemble. The teaching, learning and presentation of traditional Tibetan dance and music is an integral part of the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario’s efforts to preserve and promote the Tibetan cultural heritage and contribute to the cultural diversity of Canada.


DANCE

Lion Dance Battle
Friday, Aug. 20, 7-8 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The Sammy Cheng Toronto Lion Dance and Kung Fu School will perform traditional lion dances and kung fu accompanied by drums on stage. The lion is traditionally regarded as a guardian creature and his ceremonial acrobatic dance will summon luck and fortune to all. Performers will then teach three teams of audience members how to perform the lion dance. The teams will “battle” in lion costumes and the winner will be determined by applause.

Little Pear Garden Collective Performance and Workshop of The Buttery Fragrance
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-1:45 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Little Pear Garden Collective presents The Buttery Fragrance, a display of Tibetan life in the old days when people would make butter manually. Following the performance, audience members can hone their dance skills with a workshop led by visiting Beijing Dance Academy teacher Li Beida and the Little Pear Garden Collective, a Canadian non-profit cultural arts organization promoting the richness of Chinese performing arts to a wide range of audiences in Canada.

Breakdancing Workshops with Supernaturalz
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 2:30 p.m. & 3:15 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn)
Founded in 1992, Toronto’s oldest b-boy crew is also known worldwide as one of Canada’s best. Their long list of world championships puts them among the elite international professionals in their highly specialized field. This crew has dedicated itself to passing on their knowledge to new generations, which they will do at Fortune Cooking through 30-minute workshops. The combination of outstanding and internationally-recognized talent, years of professional experience, a strong dedication to community as well as unprecedented local youth work puts Supernaturalz in a class of their own.

Godhong Maple
Saturday, Aug. 21, 5:30-6p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Toronto-based Godhong Maple, meaning ‘Maple Leaf’, was founded in August. This non-profit Javanese Gamelan Orchestra group’s vision is to build a mutual understanding between Indonesia and Canada through arts and culture.
Performances at Fortune Cooking:
Karinding (Indonesian jaw harp) represents taking care of the rice field.
Angklung (traditional musical instruments made from bamboo) is used by the farmer community in Java to give thanks to God for the harvest.
Saman is used as a welcoming dance and also for thanking God for the harvest.
Meong-meong (meong = meow in English) tells the story of people imploring their cats to catch the annoying mice that destroy rice fields.

Mi Young Kim Dance Company
Sunday, Aug. 22, 1:30-2:15 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Mi Young Kim is a dancer, choreographer and teacher who established herself as one of the leading figures in the Korean-Canadian cultural scene and formed the Mi Young Kim Dance Company. At the festival they will be performing four dances which incorporate the theme of food, and include a contemporary dance with b-boys, a hip hop symphony, and a 20-minute SoGo Chum (Small Drum Dance) workshop where the audience will learn a few easy steps like skipping and playing the drum at the same time.

Northern China Waist Drum Group
Sunday, Aug. 22, 4:30-5 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
The waist drum dance from the south of China reflects the liveliness and elegance unique to the south. The drum beats are harmonized with the dance steps. The dance expresses the happy mood after the harvest. It depicts the simple honesty and optimism of the people living in China’s northern plateau.


COMEDY

Stir-fry on the Fly by Asiansploitation
Friday, Aug. 20, 9:30-10 p.m. (Redpath Stage)
Toronto’s premier Asian comedy troupe serves up a buffet of sketch, improvisation and song to satisfy your comedy appetite. Their most recent show, Asiansploitation Spanks the Tiger, prompted NOW Magazine to comment, “It’s 2010, the year of the tiger, and quite possibly the year of Asiansploitation,” and Just for Laughs to award them “Best Comedy Act of the Fringe.”


FAMILY ACTIVITIES

Origami Fortunes
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-8 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 1-6 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone)
The Origami Society of Toronto leads a workshop for audiences to learn how to make origami fortune cookies and other fortune-related origami.

Learn to Play Mahjong
Saturday, Aug. 21, 1-8 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 1-6 p.m. (Ann Tindal Lawn/Sculpture Court)
Come learn Mahjong, a game originating in China involving skill, strategy and calculation, as well as a certain degree of luck.

Redpath Kids’ Crafts
Saturday, Aug. 21, 12-8 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 12-6 p.m. (Redpath Tent)
Learn how to make good fortune paper chain bracelets!

Monkey Queen Storytelling
Saturday, Aug. 21, 2:15 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. & Sunday, Aug. 22, 2:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone)
A variation of an ancient Chinese myth, Monkey Queen: Journey to the East tells the story of a search for spiritual and ancestral roots. Guided by her soul song and a shaman’s wisdom, Monkey Queen journeys to the East from her birthplace in the West on a mission to save a world ravaged by greed. Monkey Queen is performed by its creator, Diana Tso. Running time is approximately 15 minutes.

The Art of Hand-pulled Noodles
Saturday, Aug. 21, 4:30-5:30 p.m. (HarbourKIDS Zone)
Noodle specialist Chef Ken Sun leads a workshop for families to try the art of “La Mian,” or hand-pulled, noodle making.


FORTUNE COOKING HOSTS

CATHERINE HERNANDEZ: Redpath Stage Host
Catherine Hernandez is a Toronto-based writer and theatre practitioner, currently Artistic Director of Sulong Theatre and a member of Santa Guerilla (performing Saturday at 7 p.m. on the Redpath Stage). The daughter of Cecille Estioko Hernandez, a pioneer of Filipino Folk Arts education in Canada, Hernandez is dedicated to the development of the Filipino-Canadian artistic community.

MARY ITO: Healthy Contemporary Chinese Cuisine with Martin Yan Host
Mary Ito, host of CBC's Fresh Air, has had a long history of broadcasting, most recently as host of CBC's Living in Toronto. She worked at TVOntario for five years as host of a daily talk show called More to Life which covered an eclectic range of topics in health, education, arts and culture, business and family issues. Mary was also the host of Second Opinion on TVO – a panel show that dealt with controversial issues in health – and a daily health report on Global TV called Health Matters.

CATHERINE JHEON: Best Night Market Cuisine Revealed & Noodle Walk Host
Catherine Jheon is a journalist with a passion for food. Her cheap eats column, “Beyond Burgers,” aired for six years on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, and she has written on food and culture for Chatelaine, Toronto Life and Toronto Star. She is currently a writer and content producer for foodnetwork.ca.

SHIRLEY LUM: Dumplings to Desire Host
Shirley Lum, culinary historian, literary detective and Ghost Walk guide, is the founder of Toronto’s Taste of the World Walks. She is a regular guest on various TV and radio food shows, and is often featured in various local and national newspapers and magazines like the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail.

CHRISTIAN PRITCHARD: Longo’s Iron Chef Host
One of Durham’s top chefs and a dynamic TV personality, Christian Pritchard currently hosts Rogers Television’s Daytime with Kasia Bodurka. He has a rich career history of hosting, and appears regularly as a guest on the Food Network, Breakfast Television, Steven and Chris, etc. He has trained as an actor, worked in corporate communications, been a culinary instructor for Loblaws, and produced and hosted large events such as the Heart & Stroke Chef Challenge. He runs a culinary events company and consultation business, CreateConcepts.ca.


For additional information and complete event listings, the public may visit harbourfrontcentre.com/worldroutes (updated throughout the summer) or call the Information Hotline at 416-973-4000.

ABOUT WORLD ROUTES SUMMER FESTIVALS
World Routes is Harbourfront Centre’s annual summer series of FREE festivals running every weekend from Canada Day through Labour Day. World Routes explores ideas in contemporary culture, bringing together rich, artistic traditions from around the globe. For summer 2010, Harbourfront Centre explores the idea of "globalocal" (global to local and local to global) with a festival line-up promising to entertain, stimulate and provoke.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on the 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto's downtown waterfront.

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