2008 Spring Lumpia Festival
By Josie Wu Translated by Ann Lee
Lumpia, commonly known as Runbing in Chinese, is a cold Spring roll that has inspired an entire festival. The 2008 Lumpia Festival boasts a collection of cultural events as well as vendors, entertainment, and of course, the little vegetable rolls themselves.
The festival, held for the second year in a row, was founded by Lin Yu-tang. The original crew who organized the festival traced the lineage and history of lumpias first to Xiamen, and then to Quanzhou, China. These treats are so authentic, that at the end of last years festival, an elderly lady even commented that the taste reminded her of home and she felt nostalgic about the old days while she was eating them.
2008 Spring Lumpia Festival-Events are as follows:
Film screening: "The Antecedents of Lumpia"
This documentary was shot in Xiamen and Quanzhou; it tracks lumpia's history from the old days until now. The crew that shot the documentary even did an interview with one of the lumpia vendors, who personally recounts the history of this unique delicacy. Venue: The Lin Yu Tang House, 141, YangDe Boulevard, (02) 2861-3003
Seminar: The historical features of lumpia
Speakers: Mr. Wang Hao-yi, a well-known author; and Mr. Han Liang-lu, the chief executive of South Village.
Film Screening: "Lumpia and Taiwan"
This documentary, shot in several Taiwanese cities tells the stories of lumpia vendors on the island. One Lumpia vendor, A-Song, opens at midnight and sells Ningxia-style lumpia that go well with tea.
Seminar: The Memories of Lumpia Makers Speakers: Yang Hui-qing, Food critic/writer; and Han Liang-lu
Popia Studio: Learn how to make lumpia, step-by-step, while learning about its history.
Venue: South Village- 10, Lane 80, ShiDa Rd, (02) 8369-2963
March 9th: Quanzhou Lumpia Feast
March 16th: Xiamen Lumpia Buffet
March 30th: South Village
March 31st: Lin Yu Tang House
There will be film screenings, tea breaks, meal parties, and Taiwan folk song performances.
Do you know how many Taiwanese families actually eat lumpias? The new documentary "Lumpia Families in Taiwan" will tell you all about the close ties the Taiwanese have with this delicious delicacy. Not only does it inform viewers about the origins of the lumpia, it also includes the cultural aspects of this commonly enjoyed food. You'll be surprised to find that the snack has a connection with Fukien Province and learn about the ceremony that some people perform eating them.
Check out www.linyutang.org.tw/popia for more information.