This beginning of summer, W Taipei launches “Farmers Market – Formosa Foodland” at the kitchen table outdoor sky garden on every sunny Saturday & Sunday at 1pm – 5pm from April 25 to May 10. The event is open to public guests who embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle. Formosa, Taiwan in Portuguese, “Beautiful Island”, is known for abundant natural ingredients from the top of mountains down to the depth of the ocean. The hotel has collected wonderful goods from around Taiwan for this “Formosa Foodland.” Guests can not only taste the delicious deli, handmade breads and pastries by W chefs, but also pick the locally sourced fresh vegetables by “Taipei Organic Farms,” the natural plum products from the south of Taiwan “Social Enterprise NEWAYS2021,” the Taiwan aboriginal tribes’ food by “freshONE Supermarket,” the first Taiwan deep ocean sparkling water by “AQUAGEN” (free 100 bottles per day), Taiwan eco-farming ginger energy pack and the collection of wines by “Creation Food,” the exclusive natural ice cream – Taiwan pancake and aboriginal rice wine from “New Zealand Natural,” and Taiwan authentic and seasonal plants by “CN Flower.” Moreover guests are welcome to have a picnic on the outdoor lawn, to enjoy the live music performance from the up-and-coming Taiwan artists by “StreetVoice,” and to celebrate Mother’s Day in a unique way at W Taipei. For more information, please contact +886 2 7703 8887 or explore: www.wtaipei.com/farmersmarket.
“We are happy to invite the local farms from Taipei and the plum farm from Kaohsiung and to let our guests take actions to support sustainability. To doing so, we’ve made more efforts of Corporate Social Responsibility and contributed to our homeland – Formosa Taiwan.” shared Mr. Cary M. Gray, General Manager of W Taipei.
Hotel Chefs Play with Local Ingredients
W Taipei’s executive chef Colin Chun and Sweetologist Yu Mei Ho work hand-in-hand to present 5-star take-out deli, light food and pastries with Taiwan ingredients which go well with the picnic theme. The premium western menu includes Berries green salad (Miaoli Dahu strawberries), Pumpkin salsa (Taidong pumpkin), Pickled chili (Hualien green chili), Duck pate (Yilan cherry duck), Vietnamese roast beef salad, etc. And Sweetologist Ho makes the mouth-watering sweets, like Pizza bread, Rosemary olives bread, Lemon cake, Maple pecan tart and so on. The menu may be adjusted by the weekly ingredients.
Taipei City Direct-Sourced Organic Farm Vegetables
It’s not easy to believe there are quite a few organic farms in the cosmopolitan capital – Taipei city. “Taipei Organic Farms”, which are consulted by Taipei city government, department of economic development, sells local organic vegetables and provides the veggie box delivery service. All products are certified by organic organizations (MOA or Tse-Xin) and regularly checked by Taipei city government to ensure the quality. Seven farms from the north and south of Taipei city joining Farmers Market this year bring seasonal organic vegetables, including some special yet rare ones, and homemade organic herbal tea on site.
Food Expert Advocates “From-Farm-To-Table” Dining Concept
Andy Chou, Taiwan nutritionist and food expert, has dedicated himself to research Taiwan local ingredients and slow-food culture who specially recommends 2 Taiwan brands for this event. First, “Social Enterprise NEWAYS 2021” established the plum farm in the Kaohsiung aboriginal villages on the express road 20 & 21 which was devastated by typhoon Moraka in 2009. And the social enterprise devotes the revenue back to the community infrastructure and humanity. It sells over-10-year-fermented natural plum products and Balsa jam. Secondly,“freshONE Supermarket” promotes healthy life style and selected non-toxic food products from Taiwan aboriginal tribes, including organic 120-day-sun-dried rice from Hulain and eco-friendly handmade cane sugar and natural fig jelly from Chiayi. Guests are welcome to try the fig jelly washing activity on site to taste the freshness of the fruit.
W Taipei & GQ’s “Farmers Market – Formosa Foodland” carries out a piece of vivid colors for the urban citizens in this early summer. For further information please call: +886 2 7703 8887, visit www.wtaipei.com/farmersmarket or email: [email protected]. Follow W Taipei on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wtaipei, #wtaipei @wtaipei on Twitter and Instagram.