On August 3rd 2009 there was a festival near my neighbourhood, the Taiwan Day Festival at Bobolink Park. The event itself is not widely known, I saw no advertisements or news about it, nor did a quick Google search turn up much about it. I did find this tweet by Ujjal Dosanjh though! It seems to be overshadowed by the bigger TaiwanFest that is happening from September 5-7th at Plaza of Nations.
The reason for the different festivals is because they are put on by different associations. This one is organized by the Greater Vancouver Taiwanese Canadian Association. The one at Plaza of Nations is by the Taiwanese Canadian Cultural Society.
Anyways, the booklet above had tickets inside that you used for purchasing food. A booklet was worth $20 and you got an assortment of $1 and $2 tickets.
There were plenty of food stalls around, but I was on the lookout for a couple choice things only, stuff you normally won’t see in the Taiwanese restaurants we have here.
Candied fruits on a stick. Another version of this is candied cherry tomatoes, really strange. Didn’t get this, I think it’s boring. =P
Oyster Omelet! Ah…I think this was $5.. sigh the prices you must pay for food at festivals.
Shaved ice with any 3 toppings for $4 is a pretty good price, most places would run you $4.95.
Taro, peanuts and tapioca pearls. Perfect for a hot summer day…which it was that day.