Massive Asian food market comes to Japan Festival this weekend in Mississauga

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Published August 17, 2023 at 9:53 am

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Foodies take note — a massive Asian food market comes to Mississauga this weekend.

North America’s largest Japanese cultural festival — Japan Festival Canada is on this weekend (Aug. 19 and 20) at Celebration Square in Mississauga.

The festival is jammed packed with events including a fashion show; martial arts demonstrations; special guest 45-time champion sumo wrestling star Hakuhō Shō; music from groups such as the Hiro Suzuki Jazz Group, and the taiko drum group, Garyu; pop cultural performances; traditional Japanese dance groups; and of course – food.

The food and beverage section will include “an unprecedented number of booths,” organizers say.

Some of the authentic Japanese food dishes featured this year include yakitori (charcoal grilled chicken), yakisoba (fried noodles), takoyaki (battered octopus balls), karaage (fried chicken) and sushi, organizers say.

Food vendors slated to be in the market include Congee Queen, Happeace, Guu Izakaya Toronto, Ryus Noodle Bar, Edo, Gushi, Ichifuku Montreal, Fisherman’s Plaice, Neo Coffee Bar, Kinton Ramen, Kinka Izakaya, Zakkushi on Carlton, Marry Me Mochi, Bubble Tea and Me/Uncle Fai, Eggette Hut, Toronto Dashi, Happy Twist Inc., HeyJuice, Chun Wing Trading, [Food] + [Drink] ft. [Mango], Bao Bar, Takoyaki Bros, Golden Bubbles, Fried Chicken and Grill Squid, Perfect Meat Bowl, Grill Skewers and Oyster, Zhanan Sugar Cane Juice, Saiko Tako, Fuwa Fuwa, Yosh.TO, Daigyo, Hattendo, K – Sweets Tea, Juice 169, Cheese Garden, Savorology Artisan Bakery, Uncle Tetsu, JFCA, Sakao Japanese Tea, Azumatei, Tokusen and Momo Tea.

But there are also other Asian foods represented at the festival.

Eggette Hut, serving Hong Kong style egg waffles, Chinese restaurant Congee Queen, and Bao Sandwich Bar are among the booths at the festival.

There’s also a shopping arcade with booths featuring Japanese arts and crafts along with games, stationary and accessories.

Held at Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr., since its inception in 2016, with the exception of 2020 and 2021 when it was held virtually due to COVID-19, Japan Festival Canada attracted more than 100,000 visitors over the two-day event in 2022.

The event kicks off on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 12 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. and then continues Sunday, Aug. 20 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the festival’s website.

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