Mid-Autumn Festival recap
On 17th September, we hosted a Chinese Dessert Tasting Night to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with a wonderfully diverse group of people at The Project Cafe. There were 24 of us and everyone learned about the history of Mid-Autumn Festival, how mooncake came about and witnessed a semi-formal way of preparing and serving tea. Mid-Autumn Festival is the second biggest celebration in Chinese culture. It celebrates the harvesting of food and is a time when families reunite to enjoy good food and each other’s company. The famous mooncake was served and a favourite amongst the guests. We were lucky to have a bright full moon to gaze upon while our Marie, Ricefield’s Chair, recited her favourite poem called Thoughts in the Silent Night by famous Chinese poet Li Bai. This event is part of Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA)’s Cooking Pot programme of which we have been a part of since its inception a year ago!
Here is the menu from the night:
Mid-Autumn Festival: Chinese Dessert Night
中秋节特别活动 – 东方甜点之夜
17th September 2016 @ The Project Café
Programme & Dessert Menu
Drinks Reception – Special Longan Coconut Juice Mocktail/Nibbles
To start – Chrysanthemum Crystal Jelly 菊花燕菜糕
Mid-Autumn Festival Introduction – Mooncake Tasting/ Storytelling 品尝月饼/ 中秋节故事
Chinese Tea Tasting –Oolung/ Ti Kuan Yin/ Orange Ruffle Flowering Tea乌龙茶/铁观音/花茶
Bakery – Taro Steamed Bun/Ma Lai Gou Sponge Cake /Pandan Cake蒸芋头包/ 马来糕/班兰蛋糕
Dessert soup – Milky Bean Curd Barley Soup / Classic Red Bean Soup 腐竹糖水/ 红豆沙
To end – Oriental fruits 水果 (Snow Pear)
Here is a recap of our day at Glasgow Mela from Ricefield Volunteer, Laura Matheson:
‘Sunday 17 July was definitely one of my most memorable days volunteering with Ricefield so far, even if it also was the most busy! It was finally Glasgow Mela festival time, and after appearing at many Mela on Your Doorstep events, we were all excited for the main event.
The team started early (although, admittedly I was one of the lucky ones on the afternoon shift) transporting an array of crafts supplies, snacks and general Chinese goodies over from Ricefield HQ to Kelvingrove Park, praying the wet weather would stay off for the day. Our two stalls were set up without any rain, very luckily for those in the outdoor Kids Zone! The crowds grew quickly at 12pm when the festival began, and suddenly the park was alive with sound, colour and the smells of food from around the world. Ricefield got our dance moves out once again to celebrate, and started the day off with a traditional lion dance.
Over at our sales stall, historical Chinese costumes were hung up, the magic calligraphy mats were unraveled and the lanterns were out in every shape and size. We were in a great position to enjoy the entertainment, across from one of the many stages showcasing international music and dance. I had to concentrate however, as my main focus for the day was our raffle tickets, tucked inside the red envelopes you may be familiar with from Chinese New Year. I was very happy to award our grand prize; a personalised calligraphy scroll, as well as sharing Chinese lucky sweets. The calligraphy team were busy as always, with Lu and Shu teaching characters and creating very popular temporary Chinese tattoos. Next to them festival-goers could try out Chinese costumes from throughout the dynasties, and we were lucky to have quite a few emperors at the stall. Somehow, we also managed to fit in selling a selection of Chinese treats, including fortune cookies and kites, with all funds going back into supporting Ricefield’s work.
The other half of our hardworking team spent the day under a tree, teaching children (and interested adults!) Chinese crafts. Huiyun shared her origami skills, Charlie helped build paper lanterns, while Clarinda taught the crowds how to make their own Chinese kites. The scene itself was magical, as the lanterns dangled from the tree and people tested their new creations in the breeze. It perhaps wasn’t sunny, but this was picturesque enough I think!
Getting to experience the festival from the perspective of a volunteer really made the day special for me, as I appreciated not only highlighting Chinese culture, but also being part of this wider celebration of Glasgow’s diversity and multiculturalism. I enjoyed chatting to visitors about China, while eating some amazing Indian ice cream and sharing Mexican tacos, and finishing it off by watching some Bhangra dancing. It really was a day to reflect on Glasgow as an international city, making Ricefield’s work with Chinese communities and culture seem all the more vital as part of our shared growth.’
To see more of our photos from Glasgow Mela, you can visit our Facebook page.
Summer Arts Festival events
We had a fantastic time at the Mela Festival and we are continuing to deliver Chinese art and craft activities in various communities in Glasgow throughout July!
23 July, 12-4pm – Alexandra Park in Dennistoun
24 July, 12-4pm– Springburn Park in Springburn
30 July, 12-5pm – The Bridge Easterhouse – 10 year celebration
Hope to see you there!
We are also hosting our next Cooking Pot food event: Mid-Autumn Festival – Chinese Dessert Night on Saturday 17 September at The Project Cafe from 7-9pm!
Mela on Your Doorstep
Ricefield is very pleased to be involved with Glasgow’s Mela Festival this year, and on Sunday 22 & 29 May we were happy to offer a taster of what it’s all about. For our second date, we joined the diverse Mela on Your Doorstep programme at Netherton Community Centre, from Bhangra dancing and henna tattoos to Ayawara drummers and Bollywood. You could find Ricefield’s iconic red tables in the cafe, alongside the delicious free curry. From there, we wanted to share a range of Chinese culture, and used crafts to get visitors (children and adults welcome!) involved. Charlie and Andrew taught guests how to make their own decorative Chinese lanterns, while I helped with Year of the Monkey themed colouring in. Hui Yun was our origami expert, giving children the chance to learn to make simple paper hearts, to (in my opinion!) more difficult hats and birds. Else was guiding calligraphy lessons, and offering very popular Chinese tattoos; you could spot her artwork on arms throughout the centre. All of our visitors left with their own piece of Chinese craft as a Mela souvenir, and hopefully having learned a little bit more about China. For us volunteers, however, the most memorable moment of the day was definitely taking part in the Mela procession, where we created our own Ricefield lantern dance. We were maybe not as talented as the other amazing performers, but its the enthusiasm that counts!
The next Mela on Your Doorstep event will be on 10 July 2016 at the Tramway.
Ricefield will return for the main event, Glasgow Mela, on 17 July 2016.
Come along and join us at Kelvingrove Park.
Written by Laura Matheson
If you would like to volunteer with us at the Mela Festival this year, please sign up here by 13th July 2016, 5pm.
Check out more photos of our Mela events here on our Facebook page
Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
Here is a recap of our Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner from Ricefield Volunteer, Laura Matheson:
“On Wednesday 25 May, I joined Ricefield at the Project Cafe for their annual vegetarian potluck dinner, carrying my tupperware of spring onion pancakes. The cafe was a great spot in the evening sunshine and the smell of fried noodles was very inviting, as was the over flowing dessert table! This year’s event was part of CCA’s Cooking Pot, and the variety of dishes we shared was definitely in keeping with this programme. Marie, our Chair, welcomed our guests from all over Glasgow, before we gave our own introductions. Ya Hong very kindly brought two dishes, a cucumber salad and potato pancakes, while Else showed off her husband’s excellent, Malaysian-inspired coconut dessert. Family played a part in Marie’s dish also, with her mother offering a helping hand earlier for her red bean soup. Chantel’s traditional Emperor’s Rice Pudding doubled as an art project, where she sent us home with the recipe and challenged us to rival her cooking skills. Sadly, Bella and I were newbies to Chinese cooking, but there wasn’t much of our pancakes and shredded potatoes left at the end of the night either! My favourite part of the dinner wasn’t just the food, but having a chance to share the memories attached to our dishes and to learn more about each other. And of course, home cooked food is the best kind of food. I think we can say for sure that no one left hungry, and that we were all a little inspired to try to bring a bit more of China into our cooking.”
May-June 2016 Cooking Pot Events
Upcoming Ricefield + Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) Cooking Pot events for May-June 2016:
Chinese Dumpling Night with Ricefield
12 May 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
Ricefield Chinese Vegetarian Potluck Dinner
25 May 2016, 6pm
Ricefield: Making Dragon Boat Zongzi
9 June 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
Wonton Night with Ricefield
30 June 2016, 7:30pm
£8 + booking fee
The first dumpling workshop is part of Voluntary Arts Week and is run by our amazing volunteers who will teach their version of Chinese dumplings and share stories of their family traditions around dumplings and dumpling-making.
All of these workshops are also part of the exciting CCA Cooking Pot project, to find out more please visit the programme at http://www.cca-glasgow.com/programme/55c8c46a97f38a3d20000002
CCA invites you to join in with Cooking Pot, a new project which will build a community of people who are passionate about food – making, sharing, eating and enjoying. Alongside a programme of events, we’re also looking for participants of all ages, talents and backgrounds to share recipes, cookery skills, tricks and tips with us, which we’ll document in video and text on cca-glasgow.com.
2016 Chinese New Year Activities
Are you interested in Chinese art and culture?
Do you have some spare time and would like to volunteer, meet new people and gain valuable experience?
We are looking for new volunteers to help with our Chinese New Year events in Scotland. Lunch will be provided on the event day. For our events at Edinburgh and Perth, we have arranged a van to go together as a group from Glasgow and come back together.
Monday 25 Jan 2016 – Chinese calligraphy (Fai Chun) family activity with NG Homes (4:45pm-6pm)
24th Jan 2016 or 30th Jan 2016 – Volunteers Training and Induction Day 义工培训日 (10:30am-3pm)
31st Jan 2016- Preparation Day for Chinese New Year events 春节活动筹备工作日
5th Feb 2016 – Chinese New Year celebration in Edinburgh 爱丁堡新春活动 (10am-4:30pm)
6th Feb 2016- Chinese New Year celebration in Perth 珀斯新春活动 (9:30am-5:30pm)
7th Feb 2016- Chinese New Year celebration in Glasgow 格拉斯哥新春活动 (10:30am-2pm or 1:30pm-5pm)
25 Feb 2016 – Chinese New Year activity at Wing Hong elderly centre (10-11am)
Recruiting VAF Project Volunteers
VAF Project – A New Initiative for Ricefield Arts & Cultural Centre
Ricefield has developed a plan for 2015 and early 2016 which involves diversification and development of the services we provide. We have been conducting extensive research into the changing needs of the Chinese community in Glasgow and have decided to focus on the following areas: Volunteering, Older people, and Welfare & Benefits Advice
Our research has highlighted that these are areas where few Chinese people are accessing mainstream services but where there is growing need. Our initial project will involve the recruitment and training of volunteers particularly from within the Chinese community who fall within these demographics or who display an interest or experience of working with these client groups. The volunteers will initially support the research and development of two particular area:
- Senior Social Activities Club
- Welfare and Benefit Advice within Community
The volunteers will form part of a research and development team under each project area and will receive an induction, governance training, learn about project development and how to conduct community research/consultation into their chosen area of focus. Volunteers will develop the services supported by our Volunteer Project Coordinator with the clear aim that they will take ownership of their chosen project area (either older people’s services or Welfare and Benefit Advice) long term using Ricefield’s resources and connections.
The project will look to involve young people 16-25 as well as older people up to 65 in this project to enhance and improve intergenerational relationships. The young people can help in either project and will be supported to work towards ‘Saltire Awards’ and enhancing their CVs.
The recruitment of volunteers in the VAF Project is ongoing and will carry on to service for those in need to beat isolation within our community. We are now recruiting:
- Senior Social Activities Coordinators – To create, plan and organise activities such as Chinese and Asian Arts, Music, Calligraphy, Plant seedlings, incorporate with Ricefield Workshops to run the once fortnightly sessions within the local Chinese Elderly Centres and other Community Groups in Garnethill and North of Glasgow area.
- Event and Community Coordinators – To help with planning, setting up of Events, liaise with participant groups, communication and public relations work.
- Researchers on Welfare and Benefits Advice– To assist and develop the work of liaison in between clients / users with Welfare Benefit Advisers from public sectors, such as NHS, Citizen Advice, DWP, Job Centres, Referrals, etc. based on one to one sessions.
Please sign up on the Volunteer page or e-mail email@example.com and state the particular roles from the above you are interested in. Thank you for volunteering with this diverse and meaningful project to help beat isolation within our older community members.
There are regular volunteering opportunities at Ricefield. If you would like to propose a period of volunteering in order to gain valuable experience and be added to our volunteer database, please fill in the form below or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CCA Cooking Pot Project
Ricefield is really proud of partnering with CCA Glasgow to bring events as part of the Cooking Pot Project.
Ricefield Chinese Potluck Dinner (Vegetarian) at The Project Cafe, Wednesday 9th December, 2015 at 18:00
Free – RSVP here
Dumpling Night at The Glad Cafe, Tuesday, 15 September 2015 from 19:00 to 22:00
Discover the broad variety of regional Chinese dumplings and the family traditions that are embedded within their preparation, through their different techniques, flavours and assorted styles.Learn, discuss and participate in the preparation and cooking of the dumplings, and of course end the evening with enjoying the tasty selection of dumplings that you and others have made!
Click here to buy tickets!
Chinese Bakery at bakery47, Monday, 28 September 2015 from 18:00 to 21:00
As part of the Mid-Autumn Festival in China, family and friends gather to offer and share the special baked festival food – mooncakes. At bakery47 learn about the symbolic importance, variety of styles, flavours and most importantly skills involved in making mooncakes. This is also an opportunity to discuss Chinese baking, its range of products and cultural influences, and of course an opportunity to taste test too! – Book tickets here
Ricefield Garnethill Community Dinner at The Project Cafe, 134 Renfrew St, Sun 4 October 2015 6pm, Free
To find out more about the premise of the project and all of the other exciting events and groups involved click here
Do you love cooking or eating Chinese food? If so please get in touch with us to discuss how you could be part of our Ricefield Recipes/ CCA Cooking Pot projects and videos! e-mail us at email@example.com