Aurora's Multicultural Festival

Take a trip around the world – No flight or passport required!

Join us as we celebrate diversity and come together as a community at Aurora’s Multicultural Festival.

This exciting festival will be taking place on Saturday, September 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Aurora Town Park. Joust with your friends, watch a Cameroon African Dancing and Fashion Show, see Flamenco Dancing and try Canadian First Nations Wild Rice - all in one location, all in the same day.

Be dazzled and awed as you experience how other cultures celebrate song and dance with a fully packed entertainment line-up from the band shell. Take your palate on a tour; sampling tastes from all over the world; attend a cooking demo and learn how to cook a new dish at this free festival in The Armoury. Participate in activities you normally are not exposed to - when was the last time you jousted? Jump in with both feet in the cultural activities and games available at this event throughout the park.

Entertainment

Please see below for a list of entertainment activities throughout the day.

​TimeEntertainment
​11:15 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.

​Chinese Collective Arts Association

​11:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Japanese Drumming Nagata Shachu

​12:25 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.

​Fuego Flamenco Dance Ensemble

​1 p.m. to 1:25 p.m.

Cora Italia Toronto

​1:30 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.

MECUDA (Cameroon)

​2:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m.

South Asian-Panwar Music and Dance Productions

​2:50 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

​Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, Toronto Branch

​3:20 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Mi Young Kim Dance Company (Korean)

Expand Your Culinary Skills

Sign-up for a food demonstration and learn how to prepare a cultural dish by a professional chef.

Please see schedule below. To register for any of the food demonstration sessions, please email cbourassa@aurora.ca
 

​TimeFood DemoChef​Bio

​11 a.m.

​Canadian First Nations Wild Rice

​Chef Donna Olding

Photo of Chef Donna Olding 

​Chef, Donna Olding has over 25 years of experience in the culinary industry. In addition to starting Little Red Catering, she was also the executive chef of a social enterprise catering company. Through this program she taught people with employment barriers culinary skills.

Little Red Catering: Founded in 2010, Little Red Catering Co. offers our customers professional catering without compromise. They are family-owned and operated in Newmarket, Ontario. Since opening in 2010, they've treated every customer like they were a part of their family. Other companies may offer similar services, but their services come with a personal touch.
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​12 p.m.

​Basmati Rice with Seafood

Long Grain with Pancetta and Sausage

Risi e Bisi (traditional spring cuisine with green peas)

​Chef Mario Vena

Photo of Chef Mario Vena 

​World-renowned Chef Mario Vena is known for his impeccable cuisine and extensive knowledge of fine dining at its best. That is why familiar names like BMW, Toshiba, TD Canada Trust, IBM, CIBC and many other corporations and individuals have trusted Mario to cater their special events.

Catering By Mario Ltd.: In addition to creating tantalizing dishes, Chef Mario was awarded the "Award of Excellence" from Dining Out Magazine. He has also been profiled in other notable magazines such as Dolce & City Life. One of his restaurants of 20 years, La Reserve, was voted one of the Top 10 restaurants to dine at in Canada. Ready to have the culinary experience of a lifetime.
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​1 p.m.

​Sushi

C​hef Sang Kim

Photo of Chef Sang Kim 

An award-winning author and celebrity chef Sang has been behind some of the most iconic modern Asian restaurants in the city of Toronto. He is a CNE Celebrity Chef, featured as the LCBO's Featured Celebrity Chef Of The Month and is the regular guest chef on CTV's popular daytime talk show, The Social.

Sushi Making For The Soul: With over 18,000 participants since its inception in 2008, Sushi Making For The Soul is Canada's most popular hands-on sushi making workshop – public, corporate, institutional. It is widely celebrated for the unique and joyful experience it brings to beginners and intermediate-level aspiring sushi "chefs".
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​3 p.m.

Cameroon Rice

Zenita Nadmukong

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The Meta Cultural Development Association Canada (MECUDA-CANADA) promotes the social, educational and cultural well-being of the Meta' clan (aka Menemo) located in the North West Region of the West Central African Country of Cameroon. The women of Mecuda are experienced cooks who would love to share their recipe for traditional Cameroon rice.

 

Participate in Aurora’s Mosaic 150 by painting one of the 600 tiles available. The end project will be an 8 x 12 foot mosaic, which will be displayed in a town facility as a legacy Canada 150 project. More information regarding this project can be found at aurora.ca/mosaic150

Please contact the Special Events Division at 905-726-4762 for more information or for details on how to get involved.

Thank you to our Event Sponsors

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What to do in case of Inclement Weather

If you are unsure about the weather the day of the event, please call the 24-hour special events line at 905-726-4762. Any changes to the event, based on weather will be updated on this line. We reserve the right to cancel, amend or change activities.

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