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August 28, 2010 07:00 ET

Travel Back in Time This Weekend: Ancient Foods, Sports, Costumes at the Toronto Chinatown Festival

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 28, 2010) -

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Spadina southbound between St. Andrew and Sullivan will be closed between 6 a.m. on August 28 and 11 p.m. on August 29 for the 10th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival.

Government dignitaries, sponsors and media will kick some featherballs and "Cuju" (ancient Chinese soccer), today at the 12 noon Opening Ceremony to kick start the Festival at Spadina and Dundas in downtown Toronto. More than 100,000 people are expected to gather at this admission-free cultural festival this Saturday (12 noon to 8 p.m.) and Sunday (12 noon to 6 p.m.).

More information and event photos can be found at www.chinatownbia.com.

Patrons can sample sumptuous Chinese foods like Mongolian barbeque and Taiwanese stinky tofu, or participate in ancient Chinese sports like featherball, and win exciting prizes from interactive games, including over $1000 in mobile phone products and services. There are live multicultural performances: traditional Chinese opera performed by elementary school children, Kung Fu and Tai Chi demonstrations, and traditional Han costume show and ritual demonstrations.

Free children's arts and crafts workshops will be held in the afternoon at Dragon City Shopping Mall. On Saturday, hockey enthusiasts can walk through a replica of the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room and interact with over 80 years of Leafs hockey history.

Organized by the Chinatown Business Improvement Area (CBIA) since 2001, the Toronto Chinatown Festival marks a celebration of Canada's diverse Asian cultures and communities and promotes Chinatown's business vitality. Since 2001, the Festival has held the world record for the baking of the world's largest moon cake. The CBIA is a partnership of 10 non-profit associations.

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