Moon Festival or "Mid-Autumn Festival" is the second most important holiday in China after Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). There is much folklore about the autumn festival, but mainly it is (much like Canadian Thanksgiving) a celebration of the end of the harvest season. It's all about family reunions, peace and prosperity.
One of the special treats for Moon Festival is "Moon Cakes". It's hard for this Caucasian baker to describe them, other than to say they're phenomenally delicious. Expensive as all get-out, partly because they're hand-crafted, however they're worth every penny. I could sit down and eat a dozen of them myself.
Basically they're little cakes covered in a gummy dough-like rice coating (delicious!) and filled will just about anything you can imagine.
I went to Maxim's Bakery in Richmond and bought about ten of them to have for sale in the store. I chose two kinds: Blueberry/Cream Cheese (just as good as it sounds) and Mango/Pomelo. I didn't know what Pomelo was, but it seems to be a large green grapefruit sort of fruit that is SO tasty, especially mixed with the mango. WOW!
This week we're running a few specials through the weekend for Moon Festival - moon cakes are $4.99, Chinese-inspired macaron flavours are just $12/dozen (as with everything in our bakery, they're 100% nut-free), and Green Tea (fair trade, organic) is just $1 with the purchase of any bakery item.
Come down on Friday when we hope to stay open late - the fireworks will happen at 8:15pm and you can see them from our window. Or bring the kids on Saturday for a whole host of Chinese cultural events on West Beach.
Happy Moon Fest everyone!