Matsuri Japan Festival & Brossard Cultural Fest 2013

Saturday was a crazy day! My friend and I had planned to go to 2 festivals in one day. Its both in the Montreal and surround areas so it wasn’t completely not doable.  His advice to me was to eat a light breakfast and get ready to eat lots of food for the rest of the day! I’ve never been to either of the festivals so lets check it out!

First stop was the further one and it also started earlier and it was Matsuri Japan Festival!  There was A LOT of people! I’m not even kidding…this is what it looked like when I got there.

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Crowds at Matsuri!

Consider me traumatized, ok? This whole hermit thing was working so well…Anyways, the first place I was even too scared to order.  By the way, all the food bought was split between my friend and I to maximize the variety of food we could eat! First up, we went to get some Udon (aka Japanese Noodles)!

Matsuri Japon 2013

Udon

Then we headed off to our friend’s stand for Takoyaki! I’ve never tried it before actually so its my first time.  Look at the man power there!

Matsuri Japon 2013

My friend’s Takoyaki stand

Then the final product!

Matsuri Japon 2013

Takoyaki

It was so delicious! I’ve definitely been missing out with all the crazy busy schedule at work 🙂 Love takoyaki!

Next we went to get some J-Dogs because I love hot dogs so why not try them Japanese style, right? Who knew we had to line up to wait for our order. Look at this…*gasp*

Ordered and had to lineup to get our order of J-Dog

Ordered and had to lineup to get our order of J-Dog

In the meantime, my friend ran off to get us some Imadake!

Matsuri Japon 2013

Imadake

This is all new food to me.  My extent of Japanese is Soba, Sushi, Handrolls, Sashimi and Udon.  This was really good.  Just the portion was way huge.  I almost couldn’t eat my half of the J-Dog afterwards.  Oh wait, here is the long anticipated J-Dog.

Matsuri Japon 2013

J-Dog

They also had the choice of Wasabi-Mayo flavor but I don’t do spicy stuff so I took this 🙂

Right after that, we were just in time to see the Taiko performance.  First was with the singles, then doubles then we get the big drums

Matsuri Japon 2013

Taiko performance starts

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Matsuri Japon 2013

Two people to a drum

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Giant drums

They had some crafts area and kids area.  There I found origami of the Chinese Zodiac and the best was this origami of a dragon!

Matsuri Japon 2013

Dragon origami

By that time, we had already been there for about 2 hours and we were ready to head back to our area to check out the Brossard Cultural Festival! This year, they have a bank as a sponsor so they made it huge.  We just never anticipated how huge it was.  My friend said that the crowd had at least doubled from last year.  It was crazy lineups for some places and by the time we got there, some stalls had already sold out. Mostly eating here so we started with a Jamaican restaurant’s Poulet Jerk which is Jerk Chicken/Chicken Jerky? I don’t know what you call it, but it looks like this!

Poulet Jerk

Poulet Jerk

Then we went to the quick and fast one to get ourselves some Quebec delicacy of Turkey drumsticks.  Sharing this one was way hard!

Turkey drumsticks

Turkey drumsticks

We were also lining up at the Venezuelan restaurant and by the time we reached the stall, they had only two things left.  My friend took the Poutine Latino.  For those who don’t know what poutine is, it is a french fries, gravy and cheese Quebec meal just this time it was make Latino way.

Poutine Latino

Poutine Latino

My friend said it was really good.  I don’t eat poutine anymore but it does look quite good. As for me, I took the other dish they had, Rice with shredded beef. That was really good  🙂

Rice with shredded beef

Rice with shredded beef

That I ate by myself. After that, my friend’s had met some of his friends there and we went to watch the kids play on the little games there.

What do you call those games? I only know it in french.

What do you call those games? I only know it in french.

They also have fireworks later on at night but I was totally exhausted.  It was super fun though.  I ate lots of good food, saw some friends and watched nice performances.  It was definitely an amazing day! 🙂

How was your weekend? Do you like to try new foods and explore other cultures?

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