SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival
– Dragon Cart Races + Human Curling
What happens when you unleash the Gung Haggis Fat Choy concept on university students?
Gung Haggis FAS Choy team adopted Scottish tartans and rice hats for
their team uniform. Here they are poised for a quick start.
Six “paddlers” use rubber gripped crutches for “paddles”
was approached by the SFU Recreation Department way back in Fall 2004,
to help them create an event that would bring the large Asian student
population together with the university's Scottish traditions.
Voila – SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy “Canadian Games” was created!
And Dragon Cart racing was born!
years later… Dragon Cart racing returns to Convecation Mall at SFU's
Burnaby Mountain Campus, and it is joined by “Human Curling” and an
attempt to set a record for the largest number of people eating haggis
at one time.
I will be MC for the ceremonies, and the play by play announcer for the Dragon Cart races.
Please see the release below regarding the 2nd
Annual SFU Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival, hosted
Event combines SFU’s multicultural heritage with a unique take on Robbie Burns Day
Burnaby, B.C. – Simon Fraser University’s second annual Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Festival is one of the most anticipated events of the
winter semester. Taking place on Thursday, January 25, 2007 in
Convocation Mall, the festival combines the traditional Scottish
holiday of Robbie Burns Day with a multicultural twist, bringing
together the student body, staff, and lower mainland community for an
exciting day of competition on Burnaby Mountain.
Beginning at 10:30am, with an introduction to Human Curling, the day
will be action packed with a wide variety of events and performances
taking place until 2:30pm. From 'Dragon Cart' Races to a Haggis Eating
competition, to performances by the Kung Fu Club and Celtic Dance Club,
there will be lots to see and do up on the hill.
Gung Haggis Fat Choy began as Todd Wong’s unique take on traditional
Robbie Burns day celebrations at Simon Fraser University. As a student
in 1993, Wong began to incorporate those two traditions when he was
asked to help organize SFU’s Robbie Burns day and agreed to wear a kilt
to the celebrations. Wong thought it odd at the time, that he a
fifth-generation Chinese-Canadian was asked to done a traditional
That experience got Wong thinking of other ways he could unite the
university’s large Asian culture with its Scottish heritage. In 1998,
Wong held his first Gung Haggis Fat Choy event, a dinner with friends
that featured interesting takes on the food of both cultures (including
haggis!). That dinner has doubled in size every year, to now where
hundreds of people every year pack restaurants to enjoy the Gung Haggis
festivities. In 2005 the event came full circle, as Gung Haggis Fat
Choy returned to SFU’s campus as the Gung Haggis Fat Choy Festival, a
different take on the traditional highland games.
“Since my first participation in SFU's 1993 Robbie Burns Day
celebrations,” I have enjoyed putting a multicultural spin on the old
traditions,says Wong, recently featured on BBC Radio Scotland. “It has
brought a new and greater appreciation for both myself and the people
who come into contact with Gung Haggis Fat Choy, now in its many
incarnations as a dinner event, a dragon boat team, a CBC television
performance, a First Night music performance, and now as the SFU Gung
Haggis Fat Choy Festival.”
Full event schedule and team registration details attached.
Media Relations Coordinator
Simon Fraser University
Recreation & Athletics
Simon Fraser University Clan
Pride – Passion – Tradition
Camps and Instructional Programs Coordinator
Recreation & Athletics
Simon Fraser University
Check out the list of events:
is set for THURSDAY, JAN. 25th from 10:30am-2:30pm in CONVO MALL. New
this year – Human Curling, Chopstick Structure Building AND attempting
to set a record for the largest number of people eating HAGGIS at one
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:30 – 10:45 Introduction to Human Curling
10:45 – 11:15 Human Curling + Awards
11:15 – 11:30 Celtic Dance Club and Introduction to Dragon Cart Races
11:30 – 12:15 Dragon Cart Races
12:15-12:30 Dragon Cart Awards
12:30 – 1:00 Robbie Burns’ Day Ceremony
1:00-1:15 Sign up for Haggis Eating Contest
1:15-1:20 Haggis Eating Contest
1:20 – 1:30 Kung Fu Club Lion Dance and Introduction to Dragon Cart Races
1:30 – 2:30 Dragon Cart Races
2:30 – 2:45 Dragon Cart & Chopstick Structure Building Awards
NOTE: There will be other displays, performances and activities happening throughout the day, between main events!
How to register for Dragon Cart Races and Human Curling:
Team Captains can sign up their team at the Intramural/Rec Sports
Office (in Chancellor’s Gym Building) Monday-Friday from 11:00am –
Team Captains can email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Specify morning or afternoon dragon cart races.
Teams can register at the festival for Human Curling and Dragon Cart
Races. All teams must be registered 45 minutes prior to the start of
the event. Registration is on a first come basis and spots are not