Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
About the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
What Can I Expect at the Party?
(2019 version – not yet updated for 2021)
This luncheon is a casual gathering, hosted at a local Asian restaurant. It’s a great introduction to Asian cuisine, with a set menu hand-picked by Linda Yip herself! We will welcome guests with a mini marketplace where you can buy fun Chinese gift items and clothing. Bringing kids? Entertain then in our crafts area, sponsored by Little Red Hen Creative Studio. During our short program, you’ll dine family-style with friends and families at large banquet tables (set for 10).
NOTE: Seating is assigned – tables seat 10 guests. Please provide all guest names on the pop-up form (appears after you click to add tickets to your cart) or send us a note if you are part of a group, are purchasing tickets individually, and would like to be seated together.
2019 Family-Style Menu
Savory Salad (V + GF)
Thinly sliced tofu and soy based faux meats on a bed of pickled carrots and daikon, celery, green and red peppers, mango and pineapple salad.
Fried shrimp paste, pork-filled egg rolls, grilled chicken and beef served with rice noodles.
Fried Rice (GF)
Fried rice with chicken and onions.
Green Beans with XO Sauce
Green beans sauteed with spicy dried seafood XO sauce.
Rice flour sesame balls filled with sweet red bean paste.
What is Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)?
The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most popular Chinese holidays. It is all about quality time with family, the harvest, and sweet mooncakes or other round foods to represent the full moon.
Marking the end of the fall harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival was traditionally a time to give thanks, so it is also known as the Eastern Thanksgiving.
It is a time of year that the moon is at its brightest, which is why lunar legends have always been attached to the celebration. Most notable in Chinese lore is the the story of Chang Er, the wife of the hero, Hou Yi, who shot down nine of the ten suns with his bow and arrow. She drank an elixir of immortality to save it from a greedy student of HouYi – Peng Meng.
Chang Er then ascended to the moon and has been worshiped by the Chinese as a Moon Goddess ever since. Each year, fruits and cakes are displayed as an offering to the Moon Goddess.