I took part in a media tour and tasting the other day, led by Pastry Chef Hans Pirhofer at the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver where he and Executive Chef Daryl Nagata made their specialty Moon Cakes. These Moon Cakes are unlike any you may have had before, these are made with all Canadian ingredients including Nk’Mip Late Harvest Riesling, Filburts, Walnuts, Quebec Maple Syrup, Fireweed Honey and other ingredients.
For one day only, Sunday September 19th you can savour some of the Canadian Moon Cakes made by the pastry team lead by Pastry Chef Hans Pirhofer. The Pan Pacific Vancouver will recognize one of the most important dates in the Chinese calendar, the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival.
To celebrate the rising of this year’s September 22 full moon, on Sunday, September 19 the Pan Pacific Vancouver’s renowned Sunday Brunch will take on an Asian theme, featuring a host of specialties with the highlight being these uniquely Canadian Moon Cakes.
The Pan Pacific Vancouver has kept their Moon Cakes authentic in terms of crust and form, the Pan Pacific Vancouver Pastry Team has concocted fillings that showcase Canada’s bounty with ingredients including Ice Wine, filberts from Agassiz, sun-dried cranberries and dried Okanagan fruits and berries.
“We were one of the first teams in Canada to celebrate the bounty of our great land by using Canadian ingredients in making Moon Cakes,” says Daryle Nagata, Executive Chef of the Pan Pacific Vancouver. “From late harvest wines to regional fruits, berries and nuts, our Moon Cakes are an authentically Canadian representation of the Moon Cake.”
Moon Cakes are traditionally given to friends and family members as a token of friendship, longevity and good luck. The Pan Pacific Vancouver will present their unique Ice Wine Moon Cake to each guest at the Moon Festival Sunday Brunch, September 19. The lavish buffet will feature the luxury hotel’s most popular items including fresh seafood, carved Alberta beef, omelets made to order as well as specialties from China, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Korea.
Moon Festival Celebrations at the Pan Pacific Vancouver
Sunday Brunch, September 19 at 11:30am – 2:30pm
Entertainment: The Golden Pearl Trio
Brunch: $49 per person, taxes additional
For reservations and information please call 604-895-2480.
By: Richard Wolak