The Canada 150 three-in-one-day celebration was a grand success, with special guest Consul General of Canada to HK and Macao, Jeff Nankivell, celebrating Canadian pride through cuisine and events in Hong Kong.
(Credit: Canadian Club Hong Kong)
The Canadian Club of Hong Kong (est. 1949) hosted over 600 Canadians at three events held with and at Shore, Hong Kong’s finest steakhouse, lounge and terrace, with the Canadian Consulate General in Hong Kong as a supporting organisation.
Canadians celebrated the creation of their nation 150 years ago in Canada and around the world. The Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, directly addressed the Canadians in Hong Kong in his speech to the nation (~1:30 second) at the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa, the nation’s capital.
Pancake Brunch – Serving the people
The Canadian Consul General to Hong Kong and Macao, Jeff Nankivell, was serving pancakes to Canadians and their families at the midday brunch.
“I was thrilled to see so many Canadians and friends of Canada at the Canada Day celebration at Shore and at other activities in Hong Kong,” said Consul General Nankivell. “With 300,000 Canadians living in the city, Hong Kong without doubt boasts one of the largest Canadian Diasporas globally and there is no other city in the world outside of Canada with such a significant and influential Canadian community. We serve Canadians every day at our office, but it’s especially meaningful to do so today and with authentic Canadian food!”
He was joined in festive flipping by:
- Andrew Work, President, The Canadian Club of Hong Kong
- Brian Brown, Representative of the Province of British Columbia
- Derrick Lee, President, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
They were closely supervised by local restauranteur, former chef and proud Canadian, Mark Cholewka, owner of the Shore group of restaurants.
Said Andrew Work, President of the Canadian Club in Hong Kong, “In Canada, politicians return home in the summer from Ottawa and traditionally attend pancake brunches where they serve their constituents. It’s symbolic of Canadian culture where the government serves the people – preferably with a large dose of maple syrup and bacon!”
The chefs of Shore also recreated Canadian favourites like TimBits, Nanaimo bars and, of course, pancakes with maple syrup.
“All washed down with Bloody Caesars!” said Mark Cholewka, referring to Canada’s signature, sometimes breakfast, cocktail with Clamato, a unique blend of tomato and clam juice, at its base.
Chef for a Princess
Shore invited Canadian celebrity chef, Nolan Ledarney of Crafted 852, to craft a special meal for an upstairs VIP audience. The former chef de cuisine at the Canadian embassies in both Tokyo and Beijing had formerly cooked for Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado of Japan, among other dignitaries. His all-Canadian ingredient meal included Alberta beef with a maple glaze, birch tree nectar on Atlantic cod, Canadian lobster and octopus and, of course, maple syrup. Ukulele maestro Vanessa Gold regaled the audience with original songs and Canadian classics. Downstairs, Canadian DJs spun out a party that lasted well into the night.
Wines, including Canadian Inniskillin ice wines, were supplied by ACS Wines. Thirsty Brothers sponsored Canadian beers from the Parallel 49 Brewing and Phillips Brewery.
He has run The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, founded The Lion Rock Institute and has over 25 years engagement in media, politics, policy and community engagement.