**Special Event – Lunar New Year Culinary Tour, Sunday, January 29th, 2012Posted By | Posted On Dec 12, 2011
There is no more exciting time to witness the sights, sounds and flavors of Chinatown than during the Lunar New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival, this 15 day celebration is all about getting rid of last year’s old baggage, and welcoming in good fortune for the year to come. The customs surrounding the New Year are steeped in ancient history, but are every bit as important to today’s Chinese population. Let our guide escort you through the narrow streets of this cacophonous ethnic neighborhood, explaining these colorful ancient rituals along the way.
Begin your day in Chinatown with a sampling of Cantonese Dim Sum, and learn which items have particular significance for the New Year. We’ll discuss the various customs surrounding this incredible holiday with ancient roots. You’ll learn what actions will bring you luck in the year ahead, and which ones to avoid. Afterwards, we’ll explore an herbal pharmacy, and learn some seasonal remedies to ward off colds and flu. We’ll visit a bakery where you’ll sample some sweets to “sweeten up “ your good fortune during the Year of the Dragon. Perhaps you’ll want to pick up a Nian Gao, the traditional Chinese New Year’s cake made of sticky rice, to take home with you.
And we can’t forget a visit to a Chinese supermarket, to discover which items are commonly used during the Spring Festival, and how to put together a “Tray of Togetherness” to offer well-wishers when visiting your home.
Then, we’ll take to the streets to witness the spectacle of the Lion Dance, as the Lion visits the various shops on each street, to expel any evil spirits and open the way for a prosperous year to come.
When the crowds and the pop, pop, popping of the firecrackers become too much to bear, we’ll slip into a restaurant to enjoy a multi-course New Year’s banquet with traditional Spring Festival dishes.
During this event you will:
- Hear about the “Kitchen God” ritual as he reports to the “Jade Emperor”
- Find out why the Chinese prefer wishes over resolutions
- Discover your Chinese Astrological Animal and what this means
- Learn why some Chinese hang the good luck character upside down, and others right-side up
- Discover why it’s ok to buy new red socks (or underwear) for the new year, but not new red shoes.
This one-time special event is great for those who have previously taken our Chinatown Market Tour, or for anyone wanting to see how a different culture celebrates its most important holiday. This event is approximately 4.5 hours in length. Due to the nature of the event, substitutions in tastes, dim sum and banquet dishes are not possible.
It is very important that you arrive on time for this event. This is a walking tour.
The tour will be held rain or shine (or snow!). Please dress appropriately for the elements. Feel free to wear your new red frock! Make sure to bring your cameras, as you will not want to miss these unique photo opportunities!
Advance reservations are required. This exclusive event is limited to 10 participants. Both meals and all food samples are included in the ticket cost. Alcoholic beverages are not included, but can be purchased separately at the restaurant.
Time and Rate:
Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 12:30 pm
$130. per person
For tickets and information call Boston Food Tours office: 617-523-6032. Confirmation and meeting information will be sent upon booking.