The Canadian Multicultural Council, or CMC, is an organization consisting of more than 20 Asian Canadian Associations that promote Asian heritage and culture.
Every year CMC organizes a Gala night to honor distinguished Asian Canadians nominated by their community members in May. The annual Food and Cultural Show Festival takes place in late November or early December to showcase a great variety of Asian Cultures and Heritages.
Asian Community members from across GTA gather at the festival with special dishes, folk songs, music and dances and for all attendants to enjoy.
The Vietnamese community as represented by the Vietnamese Association, Toronto –VAT- has been a member of CMC and regularly participates in the CMC annual activities. This year, for the first time, the Vietnamese Women Association of Toronto (VWAT) with the new Board of Directors joined VAT in the CMC Food and Cultural Festival on Dec.5th, 2015 to showcase our Vietnamese Traditional Cuisine and Dances.
The Vietnamese food this year has been irresistible with 5 distinguished dishes. As a result, they were the favourite food enjoyed by most people at the festival. For this reason the Vietnamese food was run out sooner than expected as compared to other participants’ foods.
The traditional Vietnamese Dance captured the attention and admiration of the Asian Communities with elegant dances in beautiful traditional fashions from both Southern and Northern costumes of Viet Nam. At this year Food and Cultural Festival, the Vietnamese community won the First Prize in the Dance/Fashion Show category.
The evening was also attended by the Police force and politicians from various levels of governments: councilors, members of the Canadian Federal Parliament and Provincial Parliament as well as senators representing the Chinese, Philippine and Vietnamese communities.
Overall, the gala was a big success: the food was exquisite, the music was wonderful and the traditional dances were really eye-opener for many people in attendance. Good time was had by all. Many attendees have promised to come back again next year.