A huge Japanese and Asian food market is part of the festival this weekend in Mississauga

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By Declan Finucane

Published on August 19, 2022 at 12:56 p.m.

Visitors to North America’s largest Japanese cultural festival, taking place this weekend in Mississauga, will have their pick of delicious Asian dishes as more than 20 vendors will be on hand.

To be exact, 21 food vendors will set up shop in Celebration Square in the city’s downtown core for the massive two-day Japan Festival Canada taking place Saturday and Sunday (August 20 and 21).

Held virtually for the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Japan Festival Canada returns to the square for a weekend of fun, food, culture and a thrilling entertainment lineup.

Festival organizers, who hope this weekend’s attendance will exceed the 90,000 visitors who attended in 2019, say the following 21 food vendors are confirmed for the event:

  • Kinton Ramen
  • Neo Cafe Bar
  • Ryu’s Noodle Bar
  • GUSHI
  • Happy Twist Inc.
  • Shao Bing Ge
  • Ichifuku Ramen
  • EDO Japanese Restaurant
  • Fisherman’s Plaice Fish and Chips
  • Clever Ramen
  • Uncle Tetsu’s Japanese Cheesecake
  • Bar Bao
  • Chun Wing Trade
  • Fuwa Fuwa Pancakes
  • Cheese Garden
  • Eggette Hut
  • Fried chicken and grilled calamari
  • golden bubbles
  • BBQ Skewers and Oysters
  • Poke Poke Mississauga
  • happiness

Organizers say the festival’s goal, simply stated, is “to showcase and promote genuine Japanese cuisine, culture and technologies.”

They add that after two years of hosting the festival virtually, they look forward to returning to an in-person, live event in the heart of downtown.

Japan Festival Canada, first held in 2016, also seeks to further improve Canada-Japan relations, organizers note.

To that end, they add, the festival will provide “…exciting entertainment such as traditional and modern performances, pop culture stage performances, as well as delicious Japanese food and much more.”

Japan Festival Canada 2022 will be hosted by insauga.com editor Khaled Iwamura.

For more information, visit the the festival website.

North America's largest Japanese festival returns to Mississauga this weekend

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