The Pacific Celebrates the harvest with Chinese Moon festival

The eight-day event includes symbolic tea-paired menu, lion dance and mooncakes

Victoria, B.C. – Embracing seasonal, regional cuisine and the Hotel Grand Pacific’s Asian inspired touches, The Pacific Restaurant is again celebrating the autumn harvest with its Chinese Moon Festival events. For eight days, from September 28 through October 5, the restaurant will celebrate with an auspicious east-meets-west set menu available at dinner, weekend dim sum and house-made mooncakes.

A special three-course celebratory Chinese Moon Festival menu has been designed to showcase The Pacific’s contemporary cuisine, while still being replete with the lucky symbolism found on traditional Chinese menus. Available from Friday, September 28 through to Friday, October 5, the menu will be available to dinner guests with both tea pairings and/or wine pairings for each dish. The menu will cost $38.88 per person, with Silk Road tea pairings for an additional $8.88 or wine pairings for $28.88. As part of the celebrations on the Saturday night, September 30 at 6:00 pm, a lion dance will be performed for good luck.

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn or Mooncake Festival, is traditionally associated with the tale of the archer, Houyi and his wife, Chang’e, the Goddess of Immortality. Legend has it that after taking an immortality pill, Chang’e flew up to the moon where she continued to live, while Houyi set up residence on the sun. The bright mid-autumn moon is said to be the result of Houyi paying his wife a visit. The festival is celebrated in both Chinese and Vietnamese cultures on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, bringing together family and friends to admire the bright harvest moon and eat mooncakes.

As part of the Hotel Grand Pacific’s celebrations, Executive Chef Rick Choy will again be making mooncakes in-house, available to both those dining at the hotel as well as those who would like to them to- go. Chef Choy will be making two versions of his mooncakes: a traditional style with lemon-infused lotus seed filling, and a contemporary option made with green tea pastry with an almond egg custard filling. Along with forming part of the Chinese Moon Festival menu and being available a la carte in The Pacific, the mooncakes will also be available at the hotel’s Courtyard Café for $5 each or $18.88 for four.

Those wishing to celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival earlier in the day can enjoy The Pacific’s weekend dim sum menu from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Along with the eight regular menu items, on September 29 and 30, the menu will also include Chef Choy’s mooncakes.

The Pacific Restaurant’s Chinese Moon Festival menu is as follows:

Ham and Winter Melon (Dong Qua) Bisque
Crispy Prosciutto
Tea Pairing: Grand Pacific Tea
Wine Pairing: Old Vines Chenin Blanc, Road 13, Oliver, BC

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Anise and Bean Cured Braised Pork Belly
Sous-Vide Daikon, Slow-Cooked Black Eyed Beans, Szechuan Pickled Root Vegetables
Tea Pairing: Spicy Mandarin Tea
Wine Pairing: Gamay Noir, Sandhill, Oliver, BC

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Prawn Filled Tofu Puff, Coho Salmon
Fermented Black Bean Sauce, Sui Choy-Wrapped Sticky Rice, Shitake Mushroom Ragout
Tea Pairing: Emperor’s Keemun
Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir, Blue Mountain, Okanagan Falls, BC

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Mooncake Two Ways
One Traditional, One Contemporary
Tea Pairing: Dragon Tears Tea
Wine Pairing: Tantalus Riesling Icewine, Kelowna, BC

Diners wishing to enjoy the Chinese Moon Festival menu at The Pacific are encouraged to make reservations to avoid disappointment. Bookings can be made by calling 250-380-4458 or online at www.hotelgrandpacific.com/dining/the-pacific.

The Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests what they want, where they want it. Conveniently located on the Inner Harbour in downtown Victoria, it is the perfect choice for the lifestyle traveller seeking an alternative from the traditional branded hotel stay. With 304 spacious guestrooms and suites, the Hotel Grand Pacific is renowned for delivering an exceptional and personalized guest service experience. With a focus on health and wellness, the hotel offers complimentary access to the Victoria Athletic Club, located on-site. Relax at the spa or dine at the all-day Pacific Restaurant or The Mark, an award-winning fine dining restaurant. The Hotel Grand Pacific is a proud member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

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