Events for The Trossachs Mushroom Festival 2010
Chinese Cookery Demonstrations | Tai Chi Demonstration | Fungi Forays in the Forest | Whisky Tasting | Chinese Banquet | Hong Lok Chinese Dancers | Jazz Dinner | Kowloon Kids Klub | Antiques Roadshow | Bowling Bonanza | Learn Ceilidh Dancing | Chinese Emporium | Craft Fair | Wild Living Walks | photography competition | Ceilidh Dances | Strathart Exhibition | Crafty Raft Race | Free Barbeque |
This year we have a host of new events and here we have some more information on each event to help you book your place in advance. Some events are limited by numbers and seats available so it is always advisable to book ahead either online or by e-mail via our contact us page.
The 2010 Festival has a flavour of Hong Kong and we have planned a series of events around Aberfoyle displaying and promoting Chinese culture, entertainment, cooking, eating and dancing.
Grand Opening Night (£10 per person) Thurs 21st Oct - 7pm until late
The Trossachs Mushroom Festival kicks off with a Grand Opening event with a Chinese Meal and fun entertainment in the baronial hall in The Forth Inn Aberfoyle. Guests will be piped in by local piper Arthur Jones who will go on to give a talk and demonstartions of the different types of bagpipes.
The night will be attended by representatives from the Chinese Embassy and the Central Scotland Chinese Association who will join Stirling's Provost Fergus Wood as our special guests for the festival celebrations.
A buffet meal will be served and for your entertainment we have a Tai Chi demonstration by George Law, Martial Arts demonstration by local children and Fire Poi. The evening will continue outside where we will be setting free some Chinese Lanterns into the night sky. Use the contact us page to book your place at the opening event.
On Saturday and Sunday during the festival The Trossachs Discovery Centre on the Main St in Aberfoyle will become the showcase for Hong Kong. Inside there will be stands from the Bank of China, The SeeWoo Chinese Emporiam and the Hong Lok Chinese Lion and Dragon dancers.
Also during the festival this will be the venue for demonstartions of Tai-Chi and Chinese Wok cooking. Tickets for all of the main events may be purchased from here and tickets purchased on-line may be collected from here also.
The Klub will be running for children and parents at the David Marshall Lodge just a short walk up the hill behind Aberfoyle. The Klub will be open all day Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 5pm and entertainment will be provided by The Central Scotland Chinese Association and the Forestry Commission staff. There will be lots of fun and games for the kids and there are also many other attractions at the lodge including Chill Out shop, the Bluebell cafe and the Forestry Commision shop. Live shows of nesting birds, static displays an of course GO Ape featuring the longest zip wire in the UK, a 3 hour tree top adventure for all the family.
The Hong Lok Dragon and Lion Dance Troupe was formed in 2001 by Sifu Se Kan Chan who wanted to bring to Scotland a unique aspect of Chinese cultural traditions. The troupe is led by artists whom have worked with some of the leading figures in Lion Dancing.
Throughout the years, Hong Lok has taken part in a number of festivals in the UK and have competed in the 2010 Hong Kong Dragon and Lion Dance competition. The main aims of Glasgow Hong Lok is to promote Chinese Dragon and Lion Dance as a form of sport and dance, as well as sharing our cultural heritage with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Watch a video clip of the Dancers in action.
At this years festival there will be Tai Chi demonstrations in the Hong Kong House and in other locations. Even with a small amount of practise, Tai Chi can have beneficial effects to your health & fitness.
The mind and body relaxes, helping to combat the stresses and strains of modern society. It gently tones and strengthens your muscles. It improves your balance and posture. The demonstrations will be done by Tai Chi instructor George Law from the Imperial Restaurant in Stirling. During the demonstrations you will be most welcome to join in with George whilst he domonstrates the movements. No special clothing or equipment is needed to join in so come along and have a try.
Established in 1975, SeeWoo is the largest supplier of Oriental Food products in Europe. At SeeWoo we want to make authentic Oriental food accessible to everyone, whether you are a restauranteur, a retailer, a wholesaler, or a private customer.
SeeWoo Glasgow is the largest Chinese superstore in Scotland, this vast 60,000 sq ft site houses an unparalleled selection of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese and other specialitiy products. You will find every ingredient you could possibly need be it fresh, frozen, chilled, dried, preserved or canned. The store also seats 600 people in the restaurant with 3 private dining facilities.
SeeWoo Seafood Restaurant is the largest restaurant in Scotland. Serving authentic cuisine from Northern and Southern China and specialising in seafood, SeeWoo also offers traditional dim sum and boasts an extensive menu. SeeWoo Emporiium will be in the Hong Kong House during the Festival adjacent to the Chinese Cooking demonstration and will be offering products for sale for you to practice Chinese Cuisine at home.