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Compass festival to rock

Over 15,000 people are expected to show up to see music from 21 bands and munch on Taiwanese and Western fare

By John Evans  /  Contributing Reporter

Sello Maroga performs at last year’s Compass festival in Taichung.

Photo courtesy of Clock Wang

From its humble beginnings featuring a handful of local Taichung bands and vendors, the Compass International Food & Music Festival has grown into a full-blown weekend party.

The festival, now in its 16th year, is set to take place Saturday and Sunday next to Top City Department Store on Taichung’s busiest thoroughfare.

“It’s bigger and better than we could have envisioned,” said Douglas Habecker, co-publisher of Compass Magazine, which hosts the event.

The weekend bash is the largest non-government funded annual festival in Central Taiwan, and acts as a birthday party for Compass Magazine, a long-running food and cultural guide to the city.

Live music from 21 Taichung-based bands will cover a variety of genres, from afternoon jazz to evening rock. Among the perennial favorites taking the stage are ShapeMaster, First Time Again and Dirty Skies. Newcomers to the festival include, Rare Groove, CAM Collective and Cafe Con Pan.

Aside from music, more than 50 local vendors will be present. Food options will include Taiwanese and Western fare, with Taiwan Beer on tap for the 15,000 expected over the two days.

“I love it when I see entire families showing up and enjoying the best Taichung has to offer,” Habecker said.

Non-profit organizations will include the International Women’s Association of Taichung, which will sell baked goods, with the profits going to a local charity.

Taichung’s Brothers Baseball team will also be represented, with team merchandise for sale.

Rain and shade tents will be provided for the event, which will take place rain or shine. For the latest updates, check the Compass Fest 2019 Facebook event page.

Festival Notes

What: The Compass International Food & Music Festival

Where: 251 Taiwan Boulevard, Taichung City (台中市台灣大道三段251號)

When: Saturday from 12pm to 10pm and Sunday from 12pm to 9pm

Details: Admission is free. For more information, contact Compass Magazine, tel: (04) 2358-5466

On the NET: Compass Fest 2019 Facebook event page


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