Date: Sat. June 29 to Sun. June 30
Time: Sat - 12pm to 12am, Sun - 12pm to 6pm
Location: Kennedy Rd. and Steeles Ave.
CIBC"TASTE OF ASIA" is an annual multicultural event hosted by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), the Association of Progressive Muslims of Ontario (APMO) and the City of Markham. The event was first introduced in 2003 during the SARS outbreak with a mandate of boosting the local economy. The first Taste of Asia festival also provided a platform for the community to promote the multicultural mosaic of Canada and create harmony among various cultural groups through an event that fostered mutual respect and co-operation. Through two days of non-stop multicultural performances and over 150 street vendor booths operated by different cultural groups, last year's event was an overwhelming success, drawing more than 108,000 participants. With more exciting events planned for the coming year, the 2013 CIBC Taste of Asia festival will be the most successful celebration of harmony and culture in its history.
Kennedy Road north of Steeles Avenue and south of Gorvette Road would be blocked off from traffic for two days from June 29, 2013 (Saturday) to June 30, 2013 (Sunday).
2 days non-stop multicultural performances
Feature performance on Saturday night by Asian Superstar
Over 150 vendor booths
Bibimbap eating challenge
Celebrities' noodle competition
Large scale car show
Diversity Job Fair
Largest street basketball competition
Kids ride zone
The Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (F.C.C.M.) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the provision of services to the Chinese community and the integration of Chinese Canadians into the mainstream of Canada. Established in 1989, F.C.C.M. was formally incorporated on May 22, 1992. It is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Since its establishment, F.C.C.M. has been actively working towards its goals through a variety of social, cultural, and business activities, not only to assist the Chinese, but also to promote a better understanding between the Chinese people and the many ethnic groups of the Canadian society. To facilitate the planning of the many aspects of its work, the F.C.C.M. network is divided into four main divisions, namely the Markham Chinese Seniors Association, the Chinese Canadian Sports and Recreation Club of Markham, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Markham, and the Markham Chinese Cultural Centre.
The Seniors Division operates the Markham Chinese Seniors Centre located on the second floor of Market Village Shopping Centre and organizes programs to meet the need of seniors, such as mah-jong games, birthday parties, exercise programs, interest classes, and excursions. It provides a perfect place for seniors to meet in a warm atmosphere where they can feel at home and where their younger generations can be at ease knowing that their senior family members are in a safe place learning and enjoying the various facilities and classes offered to them. At the 2010 Chinese New Year dinner celebration, the seniors delighted the audience with Chinese opera singing and their own classical music band.
The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Markham (CCCM) aka FCCM Business Division concentrates on networking, disseminating information and organizing educational seminars for the business people. It also helps in arranging trade exchange trips for the Markham business community to visit China where they meet with prospective buyers and manufacturers. CCCM also organizes Chinese trade delegations visit to Canada with the same purpose of facilitating business exchanges. In November 2012, CCCM assisted in facilitating a 16-day trade mission, led by Mayor Scarpitti along with 34 business delegates , further strengthened and promoted economic, business and cultural ties between Markham and key cities in China, a country with one of the fastest growing economies in the world.
The Cultural Division is engaged in fostering cultural exchanges, and operates the Markham Chinese Cultural Centre occupying 6000 square feet of space on the second floor of Market Village Shopping Centre providing various cultural programs in addition to English and Chinese language classes. The cultural and interest classes that the centre offers covered a wide spectrum of activities such as Shaolin kung-fu training, Tai Chi, ceramic making, Chinese paintings, Calligraphy, aerobics, dancing, singing, Cantonese opera, Chinese classical instruments, and many more. Throughout the years, our centre managed to provide highly skilled and talented performers from our classes to support our local community events and fundraising activities alike. Since the population of Markham has continued to move northwards and many new immigrants have settled in the neighbouring areas of Thornhill, Richmond Hill and other nearby sections of York Region, FCCM is looking forward to its upcoming expansion and to serving more of the populations of these communities. In February 2013, we have opened up our second cultural centre at South Unionville Square Mall. Furthermore, we will be anticipating further expansion to King Square (Woodbine & 16th Ave.) in fall 2014.
F.C.C.M. is also very much involved with the community it is in, and welcomes the opportunity to work for its benefit through cooperation and coordination with charitable organizations like the United Way of York Region, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, Markham-Stouffville Hospital, the Canadian Red Cross, and more recently the aid for victims of the Chinese and Haitian earthquakes in conjunction with other associations. However, the star of the event of the year has to be the Taste of Asia Festival. Started in 2003 at the request of the Town of Markham to host an event that would draw out people and counter the devastating economic effect caused by SARS, this festival has become an integral part of the City of Markham's social calendar. It has become a platform to promote the multicultural mosaic of Canada and to create better understanding between cultural groups through cooperation and mutual respect. The festival features two days of non-stop multicultural performances, basketball tournament, car show, over 150 booths of food, goods, and services, kid's ride zone, games, exhibitions, government services information booths, and an evening concert featuring top ranking recording artistes and celebrities from Hong Kong. It has grown from a participation of a few thousand to more than 108,000 in 2012, and became an event that attracts not only local residents but also visitors from neighbouring communities and cities.
Next CIBC Taste of Asia: June 29-30, 2013
Location: Kennedy Road and Steeles Ave
2013 Booth Application (All Vendor Contracts must be sign and paid deposit directly to F.C.C.M.)
- Shaolin Kung Fu Demontration 1
- Shaolin Kung Fu Demontration 2
- Bosco Wong & Frank Scarpitti sing a duet
- 3 on 3 Basketball
- M.Y. Voice concert
- Eating Competition
- Mayor of Markham: Frank Scarpitti singing
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