The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival official date is this coming Sunday 27th September. The festival originated in China and is celebrated in many countries, including Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia. Mooncakes are the food associated with the Moon Festival; their round shape symbolises completeness and families share mooncakes to signify the coming together of the family.
Mooncakes are shared and given as presents to family members. The beautifully packaged mooncakes at TANG The Asian Food Emporium make delightful gifts and the many delicious flavours will be a treat to the taste buds. With gorgeous presentation tins from popular brands such as Elegant Flower, Kee Wah, Wing Wah and Mei Xing from Hong Kong, Haewaytian Cake House from Malaysia and Godly from China customers will find the perfect mooncake gift for their family. Flavours abound, with delights such as white lotus seed paste with1,2, 3 or 4 yolks, golden lotus seed paste with yolk, Red bean paste with 2 yolks, vegetarian moon cakes and many assortments. Call in to 185 Russell Street any day between 10am to 11pm to select your mooncakes.
In Melbourne there are several big celebrations for this festival. Last weekend Crown River Walk was alight with lanterns, one of the traditional symbols of the Moon Festival, many Asian food stalls and cultural performances. In Box Hill next Saturday (26th September) a Moon Festival event will be held, which will include various international cuisines, marquees, arts and crafts, lantern and mooncake displays, as well as entertainment – including the opening ceremony, lion dancing, live performances, games and competitions. Market street and Main street will be vibrant with celebrations from 10am to 5pm.