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COMPASS MAGAZINE > October 2017
 

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Words by Douglas Habecker
Photos provided by Basil Hall & Nima Raven
Translated by Anna Yang
   

2017 Compass Taichung International Food & Music Festival
Venue: Art Museum Parkway
Time: Oct. 28-29 (Sat.-Sun.), 12 noon to 9 p.m.
Organizer: Compass Magazine,(04)2358-5466
Sponsors: Taichung City Government Information Bureau, Taiwan Beer, World Gym, Corning Taiwan, Art Garden Management Committee

 
"There's no place like home...." Following these well-known words, one of Taichung's oldest and most popular annual international festivals is returning this year to its long-term "home" after a one-year absence. The 2017 Compass Taichung International Food & Music Festival, now in its 14th year, will be back in the familiar surroundings of the Art Museum Parkway when it takes place on the weekend of Oct. 28-29, from about 12 noon to 9 p.m. on both days.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Due to renovation work on the Parkway last year, Compass Festival was forced in 2016 to relocate to the Calligraphy Greenway, where it enjoyed another success. Work on the restaurant/cafe-lined Art Museum Parkway--stretching south from the front plaza of National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts--is now almost complete, giving this popular area a facelift and some improvements and allowing the Compass Festival to return to a venue it has used for almost a decade. The specific stretch of this green belt between WuQuan West 3rd and 4th streets and bordered on the north and south by WuQuan 3rd and 4th streets is the most popular area, known for the eclectic, creative and attractive collection of restaurants, cafes, shops and other businesses housed in renovated old houses. With an abundance of grass, it's also perfect for sprawling out on during an afternoon and evening with great live music, food and drink.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Compass Festival's tried-and-tested formula, which has attracted an average of 16-18,000 visitors over a weekend in recent years, will remain in place this year. The event was originally founded to showcase Taichung's huge assortment of dining establishments, allowing visitors to eat their way through a savory cross-section of local and international cuisine. City restaurants, cafes, food suppliers and bars will make up the majority of this year's 50-60 vendor booths, selling everything from exotic fare from all over Asia to western favorites. Going with this is always an almost as diverse variety of beverages, from teas and coffees to wines and cocktails. As has been the case for many years, beer will be the exclusive domain of Official Beer Sponsor Taiwan Beer, with a product variety and prices that keep festival-goers very satisfied.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Besides food and drink, a range of shops, services, clubs, schools, artists, and non-profit and charity organizations will also be selling items, holding activities, signing up members and promoting themselves, rounding out this showcase of Taichung. Long-time Compass Festival Official Sponsor and supporter World Gym will also be on hand to promote its fitness centers and programs.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

As always, one of the main reasons that visitors linger all weekend at Compass Festival is what is arguably the best exclusively-Taichung sampling of local bands and musicians, ranging across a broad range of musical styles--classic rock, hip hop, punk, reggae, funk and so on. The performers themselves are an equally interesting mix of perennial favorites who have played at the Festival almost since its founding, like Point 22 (.22), Dirty Skies, Dread Rider, and Pat Reid, to first-timers like Lauren Leach that visitors will be enjoying for the first time. Other performers in the line-up this year include Josh Dylan S, Manner Kings, So-so's, Dr. Reniculous Lipz and the Scallyunz, 大MET 4, Nell, Dr. Boo with Michael Farris, Chantal Human, San Jiao Mao, and The Shapemaster. Music continues nonstop from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and about 8 p.m. on Sunday.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Besides Taiwan Beer and World Gym, other official sponsors for the 2017 Compass Festival include Corning Taiwan, and Taichung City Government Information Bureau. Without all of these faithful supporters, Compass Festival simply would not be possible.

2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway 2017 Compass Festival returns 'home' to the Art Museum Parkway

Whether you're a lifelong resident of Taichung or visiting the city for the first time, Compass Festival is the perfect way to enjoy some of the finest offerings in Taiwan's second-largest city, all within a relatively compact location. As always, the festival is free and open to the public and will continue, rain or shine (with rain/shade tents available on site), with the exception of typhoons or torrential rain. For the latest festival updates, check Compass Magazine's Facebook page or visit www.taiwanfun.com. See the map in this article for specific location, too.

See you at the 2017 Compass Festival!

Bands:
Saturday 10/28 星期六 Sunday 10/29 星期天
1:00 內兒 (Nell)
1:30 Josh Dylan S
2:00 Pat Reid
3:00 Dread Rider
4:00 The So-so's
4:30 Moss
5:30 Dr Reniculous Lipz & the Skallyunz (白悟空)
6:30 Point 22 (.22) 點二二
7:30 大MET(A)4 featuring Chang Jui-chuan
1:30 Lauren Leach
2:00 Dr. Boo w/ Michael Farris
2:30 Philosophia
3:00 New Cool Jazz Quintet
4:00 Dirty Skies
5:00 Mr. Bo-Dacious & The BeatZ
6:00 San Jiao Mao (三腳貓)
7:00 Shapemaster

 

Vendors: (updated on Oct. 25)

Taiwan Beer

台灣啤酒

World Gym

世界健身俱樂部

First Aid-Kuang Tien General Hospital

醫療救護站-光田綜合醫院

Art Museum Parkway

美術園道

1924 Shanghai Restaurant

新月梧桐

Moment in Beijing

京華煙雲

Smokey Joe's

冒煙的喬

Oldies Franks Hotdog

微笑熱狗

The Frog Mexican Restaurant

青蛙墨西哥餐廳

Bella Gelateria

貝拉義大利冰淇淋店

Terroir Wine / The Wine Barrel

一方酒業

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

安拿朵利亞土耳其餐廳

K2 Cucina

K2小蝸牛廚房

Renshi

飪室

Caribou Cafe

尋鹿

Indian Fast Food

印度速食

Lazertreks

六度空間

San Miguel

生力啤酒

Costco

好市多

Zeffer Cider

紐西蘭薩芙蘋果酒

NTCU

臺中教育大學

友路開發有限公司

Gong High x Simple Dan

公海 x 丹調

Ongoro

非洲腳印

Orgasmo

Chillies Indian Restaurant

淇里思印度餐廳

P-Joe’s Rumpus Room

PJ's Café

Delicatessen Desmarais

戴馬雷佳餚

Uptowner

雙城美式餐廳

Anita’s Hot Sauce

安妮塔

Asian Fuzion

CheeseDo

起司多

Carbone Pizza

咔蹦南義式餐廳

Jon Renzella

雷強

Praneeta Vaidya Mixed Media Artist

雷展示

Three Stars

三星尼泊爾手工藝品

IWAT

台中市國際婦女會

Hong Yu Social Welfare Foundation

財團法人台中市私立弘毓社會福利基金會

International College Providence University

靜宜大學國際學院

Heart of Taiwan Animal Care

台灣之心愛護動物協會

TUAPA

台中世界聯合保護動物協會

Haxstrong Charity

漢斯壯慈善協會

AJ Hot Dogs

AJ 熱狗堡

Salut Pizza

 

 

況味慶

Oxygolden

高登氧

 

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