The 3,000 year-old Moon Festival, or Mid-Autumn Festival, is a harvest festival that is one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar. Vancouver will be celebrating the festival in multiple ways, including the annual Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival (September 25) and the Mid Autumn Moon Celebration at Chinatown’s Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden (September 19).
One Moon Festival celebration that infuses a Canadian flavour—literally—into the festivities is the Pan Pacific Vancouver’s Moon Festival Sunday Brunch. The gorgeous, waterfront Pan Pacific Hotel hosts one of the most famous Sunday brunches in Vancouver, boasting a lavish buffet that beautifully marries B.C. and Asian favourites, including seafood, dim sum, omelettes, and wok dishes. In honour of the Moon Festival, this Sunday’s Brunch will take that mingling of east-meets-west even further with their unique Canadian Moon Cakes, a delicacy created just for this occasion.
Moon Cakes are an integral part of the Moon Festival. Traditional Moon Cakes are hearty pastries with a thin, glazed crust that often contain a whole salted duck-egg yolk to represent the full moon. The Pan Pacific Vancouver Pastry Team has kept the usual Moon Cake crust and form but added their own, Canadian twist on the recipe, creating fillings that showcase Canada’s “harvest bounty” with ingredients that include Ice Wine, Agassiz filberts, and dried Okanagan fruits and berries.
Diners will get to sample the Canadian Moon Cakes along with the decadent buffet at this Sunday’s Pan Pacific Sunday Brunch on September 19, 2010.
The Pan Pacific Sunday Brunch is $49 per person; call 604-895-2480 for reservations.