Treat your taste buds to a smorgasbord of savoury and sweet eats from around the globe at the Richmond World Festival on Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1. From the FEASTival of Flavours, featuring more than 50 food trucks, to the Culinary Stage, there are plenty of ways to fuel a weekend of free music, culture and fun in Minoru Park in the heart of Richmond. The Richmond World Festival is presented by Coast Capital Savings.
“Coast Capital Savings is committed to building a richer future for our communities,” says Maureen Young, Director, Community Leadership, Coast Capital Savings. “Events such as the City of Richmond’s World Festival are certainly a fine example of a celebration that contributes to a rich, engaged and healthy sense of community and we’re excited to once again be the presenting sponsor for this event. This year’s incredible range of world-class performers and amazing chefs is sure to have something for everyone.”
Take a tour around the world with food trucks serving up exotic treats from such far flung locales as the Dutch East Indies, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Malaysia, Taiwan, Jamaica, Sicily, Brazil, Mexico, India Japan and many more. There are also closer to home selections including First Nations-inspired dishes and poutine, plus lots of classic festival and comfort fare, including mini donuts, kettle corn, hot dogs, wings and mac and cheese. With more than 50 food trucks to choose from the biggest challenge will be making your short list. The FEASTival of Flavours is presented by CF Richmond Centre.
Festival goers will definitely need to fuel up to get the energy to check out the entire action-packed line-up, with more than 90 performances on nine stages, including headline performances by international recording stars Lights and Magic! Other highlights include the Digital Carnival, Global Village and Bamboo Theatre, each offering diverse, interactive cultural activities and performances, plus the Africa Zone cultural pavilion, Kids World, Artisan Marketplace, World of Poetry, Imagination World at the Richmond Public Library and much more.
Foodies will also want to drop by the Culinary Stage, presented by Tourism Richmond. Top local chefs will be cooking up their favorite dishes and serving up tips on how you can create some of the flavours that have made Richmond an international destination for culinary tourism.
“The New York Times lauded Richmond for having a vibrant Asian dining scene, but they got only one side of the story,” said Nancy Small, chief executive officer of Tourism Richmond. “I believe our culinary strength is found in the diversity of our food scene and sponsoring the Culinary Stage at the World Festival allows us to showcase other amazing local talents.”
From Top Chef Canada finalist Mark Singson to Gurj Dhaliwal, winner of Food Network’s Superstar Chef Challenge, a dozen top local chefs will be featured on this year’s Culinary Stage. Sweet tooths won’t want to miss for Dominique and Cindy Duby, the chefs-owners, chocolate-makers and designer chocolatiers at Richmond’s own Wild Sweets–Canada’s only science-based cocoa bean-to-bar chocolate-makers. Wild Sweets ranked one of the 25 Best Chocolatiers in the World and was awarded Best Chocolatiers & Confectioners in America. Dominique and Cindy finished among the Top 10 Pastry Chefs in the World while leading Pastry Team Canada at the World Pastry Cup in France. They are also authors of five award-winning cookbooks including Best Cookbook in the World.