The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

DSC_3928_103489 - Mayor Gregor Robertson doing the honours by FlungingPictures.
Hi everybody…

A wonderful job by everybody last night –
Veteran Gung Haggis performers Joe McDonald and Heather pronounced last
night as “The Best Gung Haggis Dinner yet”

And Dr. Leith Davis
said it was the best Burns Supper she had ever attended – and she just
spent 2 weeks in Scotland for Homecoming Scotland!

to everybody.  The energy was brilliantly contagious and fun.  There
were lots of nice surprises in the program, with the Mayor reading a
Burns poem, a treatise on the details of scotch drinking, Parks
Commissioner Stuart Mackinnon singing A Man's A Man For A' That, and
hip hop artist Ndidi Cascade coming up from the audience to rap a verse
of Burns' Address to A Haggis.

But it was the performances by
Silk Road, Joe McDonald, Adrienne Wong, Jan Walls, Tommy Tao, Rita
Wong, Catherine Barr, Heather Pawsey & DJ Timothy Wisdom, Bob
Wilkins & the Gung Haggis Fat Choy pipe band,  supplemented by
Alland & Trish McMordie with Don Scobie from Seattle… and an
immortal address by Dr. Leith Davis – that knocked the audience over!

With wondefully warm co-hosting from Gloria Macarenko and Catherine Barr….

And strong support from stagemanager Charlie Cho, and sound technician Carl Schmidt.

Many thanks…. to helping rise funds for Historic Joy Kogawa House,
Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop/Ricepaper Magazine and Gung Haggis Fat
Choy dragon boat team.

We will have some pictures available for you soon.

Thank yous and Blessings to

2 thoughts on “The 2009 Gung Haggis Fat Choy: Toddish McWong's 250th Robbie Burns Birthday Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner was a big success – worth 2 ceremonial haggis.

  1. Anonymous

    The food was good and the haggis was tasty.
    However, Floata's service was not acceptable.
    1. We didn't get the Hoshin Sauce for the wrap
    2. Most dishes didn't come with serving spoon.
    3. We had to look for a knife to cut open the haggis.
    4. The presentation of the Crispy Chicken was terrible. The chef just tossed the chicken pieces back to the plate without trying to make it look like a chicken. I suspected that the Chef had pocketed a few pieces for himself. Not acceptable.
    5. They failed to give us clean plates after each course.
    6. They failed to bring us rice bowls for the fried rice.
    7. They should not have brought out the mango pudding in a plate. Every guest should get a serving of the mango pudding in a clean bowl with a spoon.
    8. The oil that used for frying the taro basket passed its prime. The oil was ready to turn into biodiesel.
    9. I don't know whether they paid any attention while cleaning the new glasses. I noticed a sticker was still intact with a wine glass.
    10. When a waiter took away an empty plate, he simply tossed the serving spoon to another plate of the food. Not acceptable.
    I hope that you will reflect that to Floata's management.

  2. Anonymous

    Thank you for the comments. I will indeed be taking your comments to Floata management. We try our best. There are so many elements that go into the Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner – food, music, poetry, audience participation. Every element is important. And “presentation” is also a big part of the dinner too – both on stage and on the dinner table.
    Management was given directions:
    – bring a knife with each haggis (table guests like to cut their own haggis, and do their own “Address to a Haggis”)
    – After the appetizers are served, bring each dish out every 20 minutes…. we waited about 45 minutes before the soup came out. This really affects programming, because we have blocked in “eating time” for the audience.
    – By the time the haggis came out, we had to revamp some of our programming. Because you can't dig into the haggis, without first performing “Address to a Haggis.”
    We did taste-test the food at a rehearsal dinner 2 weeks prior to the event. And the food was very good as well as the service. We did change some of the courses.
    There are always unexpected surprises to any large event. Our expected audience size jumped dramatically in the last week due to media stories. Rather than turn people away on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we opted to be inclusive and continue to accommodate late comers. After guests started arriving at 5pm, we still had to add 3 tables to accommodate guests – partly due to missing guest lists.
    Hopefully next year's event will sell out quickly, and we will limit the audience size ahead of time.
    I am thinking of re-imagining the 2010 Gung Haggis Fat Choy dinner for next year. It doesn't have to be in a Chinese restaurant. It could be in a military drill hall… It could be in a hotel ballroom… It could be in Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria!
    And yes… the haggis was exceptionally good this year. Thank you Peter Black & Sons!


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