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February 23, 2007
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market
St. Lawrence Market will be busy with activity as Chinese New Year comes to “The Kitchen” on Saturday, February 24. Lion Dancers, traditional Chinese New Year foods, and food demonstrations will be featured in The Kitchen, a full-service area within the Market where free shows on food and historical exhibits are offered each Saturday.

This Saturday, the “Year of the Hog - in Hogtown” is the focus. At 10 a.m., former mayor David Crombie will present the key to Old Town Toronto to the champion of Market neighbourhood business, Alex Ling.

St. Lawrence Market historian Bruce Bell will discuss the history of the Market complex at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in The Kitchen, followed by 20-minute food demonstrations. A food segment in which market merchants educate the audience and offer samples will take place after each show.

Chinese merchants in the Market will also provide samples of traditional Chinese New Year foods. Lion Dancer entertainers will hunt for traditional good-luck red envelopes throughout the Market, a reward for the Lion Dancers that may contain money.

The Saturday food and history shows hosted in The Kitchen started in November 2006 as a joint project with the City of Toronto and the St. Lawrence Market Tenants Association. The Kitchen is available to the public for meetings, events, and public and private culinary art demonstrations.

The historic St. Lawrence Market is one of the top 25 markets of the world according to Food & Wine magazine. More than 50 owner-operated independent businesses offer a wide range of food and related products. For more information, visit the Market’s website at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, home to a diverse population of more than 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Jorge Carvalho, Supervisor, St. Lawrence Market Complex, 416-392-7120
Michael Comstock, Kitchen Co-ordinator, St. Lawrence Market Tenants Association, 416-930-1945



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