Sunday January 27, 2013
Celebrating BC Scottish and Chinese pioneer culture, history
– in music, poetry and culinary fusion
Special Tribute to Sir James Douglas,
founding governor of British Columbia
and celebrating that Chinese New Year is in Black History Month for 2013
Sir James Douglas (Old Square Toes) was born in Guyana to a Scottish father and a Creole mother, and his wife Amelia was Métis. He had a vision that British Columbia could be a home to people from all over the world… whatever their place of origin. Just like in the Burns poem:
“That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that, It’s comin yet for a’ that
That man to man, the world o’er,
Shall brithers be for a’ that.”
– Robert Burns (A Man’s A Man For All That and All That)
Hosted by Constance Barnes & Toddish McWong
Renee Saklikar – poet
David Wong – author
Jocelyn Pettit Band
Joe McDonald – bagpipe
Black Bear Rebels Celtic Ceilidh Music
Gung Haggis Fat Choy Pipes & Drums
+ lots of special guests
+ Raffle Prizes with theatre shows and books + more
+ Scotch tasting of Auchentoshan single malt whisky
Dinner: 6:00 pm – 9:15 pm
Floata Seafood Restaurant (#400 – 180 Keefer St, Chinatown Vancouver)
You can purchase ticket online or over the phone with a credit card,
please call Kristin Cheung at Ricepaper magazine at 604-872-3464.
In 1998, “Toddish McWong” held a small private dinner for 16 friends with food, haggis, poetry and songs – from both Scottish and Chinese cultures and thus was born – Gung Haggis Fat Choy – Now it is a dinner for 400 people!More than a traditional dinner with music and poetry. Gung Haggis Fat Choy re-imagines a traditional Robert Burns Dinner format, within a BC or Canadian historical context that puts Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian pioneers on an inclusive and equal platform, while acknowledging historical racism and how we move beyond it. This event has grown to also celebrate contemporary Scottish-Canadian and Chinese-Canadian artists and poets and their innovations to create something uniquely Canadian.
2003 – 1st Creation of deep-fried haggis wonton
Deep-fried haggis wonton + haggis pork dumpling (su-mei) and appetizer courses.
“Neeps” served Chinese style in the form of pan-fried turnip cake, dim sum style.
Traditional haggis is served with Chinese lettuce wrap.
Lots of surprises… such as new for 2012 – a revamped version of Robbie Burns lyrics set to Johnny Cash or Elvis Presley music.