Crowds turn out for Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Many Tai­wanese and for­eign­ers showed up at Canada Day cel­e­bra­tions held in Taipei Satur­day that fea­tured Cana­dian cul­ture and food spe­cial­ties, in­clud­ing beaver­tails, a tra­di­tional pas­try.

This was the first year in which visi­tors to the Taipei cel­e­bra­tions had a chance to taste beaver­tails — fried dough pas­tries made in the shape of a beaver’s tail — ac­cord­ing to the Cana­dian Cham­ber of Com­merce in Tai­wan (CCCT), which or­ga­nized the event.

The cel­e­bra­tions were held at the Hakka Cul­tural Park in Taipei to mark Canada’s 148th birth­day, which falls on July 1.

Visi­tors to the event also had an op­por­tu­nity to sam­ple Cana­dian beef, a Que­bec spe­cialty called pou­tine, var­i­ous brands of Cana­dian beer, and Bloody Cae­sar cock­tails, said the CCCT.

Among those en­joy­ing the day were CCCT Act­ing Chair­man Leo See­wald, Canada’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive to Tai­wan Kath­leen Mackay and Taipei Deputy Mayor Chou Li­fang, who jointly cut a huge cake in the shape of the Cana­dian na­tional flag af­ter singing Canada’s na­tional an­them.

As part of bi­lat­eral cul­tural ex­changes, the Taipei City Gov­ern­ment pro­vided tra­di­tional Hakka cakes to give away to the visi­tors.

As in 2014, there was a me­chan­i­cal bull-rid­ing com­pe­ti­tion, with the win­ner get­ting a round-trip ticket to Canada, the CCCT said.

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