Tian Jin Festival brings Taiwanese street food to Burnaby this May

Mar 10 2023, 12:43 am

You know spring is near when news of all the street food festivals starts to come out.

One of our favourite festivals of the season is Burnaby’s Tian Jin Festival, commonly called TJ Fest.

Celebrating the multiculturalism of the city and highlighting Taiwanese food in particular, TJ Fest is a highly-anticipated annual event, celebrating its 11th year this May.

Taking place across two blocks at the Tian-Jin Temple at 3426 Smith Avenue, we’re told this year’s event will be even bigger than years previous, with expanded offerings set up in an adjacent park featuring free activities for children and families.

TJ Fest will take place this year on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, from 11 am to 4 pm on both days.

In addition to the food, guests can look forward to performances and an artisanal community market.

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TJ Fest/Facebook

tj fest

TJ Fest/Facebook

Organizers are still finalizing details for this year’s event, but previous years have featured popular street foods, including salt and pepper popcorn chicken, savoury Chinese buns, Taiwanese pork belly hamburgers, and pepper pork pastries. This year, traditional Taiwanese Bento Boxes will be on offer as well, we’re told, in addition to an entire food truck section providing additional food options.

Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.

Last year’s TJ Fest | Courtesy Organizers

All proceeds that the TJ Fest receives from vendors are donated to the Canadian Liver Foundation.

Stay tuned for more details on what kind of food will be on offer at this year’s TJ Fest.

Tian Jin Festival

When: Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7, from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Tian-Jin Temple, 3426 Smith Avenue, Burnaby

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