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147th Canada Day to be celebrated in Taipei on Saturday

Staff writer, with CNA

Taipei residents will get an opportunity to experience Canadian music, food and sports at a Canada Day celebration on Saturday.

The event celebrating Canada’s 147th birthday is to be held at the Hakka Cultural Park in Taipei from 1pm to 9pm on Saturday, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan (CCCT), which is organizing the event with the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, said at a news conference yesterday.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to taste Canadian beef, the Quebec specialty poutine, Canadian beer and cocktails such as the regional favorite, Bloody Caesar, CCCT Chairman Leo Seewald said.

Six bands are to stage live performances featuring music from the “Great White North,” followed by fireworks at the conclusion of the event, the CCCT said.

The event is to feature an area for children, where they can try a hockey game to experience Canada’s national sport, the organizers said.

New to this year’s event will be a mechanic bull — a machine that replicates the sensation of riding a bucking bull — with organizers saying that the person who manages to stay on the machine for the longest time is to win a round-trip ticket to Canada.

Last year’s festival attracted more than 6,000 people, and Seewald expects more this year.

The festival is the largest foreign national day celebration in Taiwan, according to the CCCT.

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