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Your tour guide, Shirley Lum.

Some of your guide's favourite dim sum items you'll be savouring at Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant.





Shirley Lum, founder of A Taste of the World, is a passionate foodie, avid 2-wheeled adventuress, and leading authority on Toronto's first and oldest Chinatown (one out of six Chinatowns). Since 1993, she has been designing the repertoire of Foodies, Literary and Ghost tours. She has been featured on television shows like TV Ontario's Imprint, BBC's Cook About Show, CNN's Travel Now, Canadian Travel Show and Food Stuff as well as radio stations like CBC 99.1 FM's Metro Morning program (on more than one occasion).

She is a member of Culinary Historians of Ontario, Swansea Historical Society, The Dickens Fellowship of Toronto, and Women's Culinary Network. Shirley is a three-time nominee for the Toronto Tourism Award for outstanding service in 1996, 1998 & 1999. Join her along Foodies walks like First Chinatown: 128th Anniversary walk or Second Chinatown Foodies walk for a chance to sit down for hosted dim sum, complete with tea pouring and chopsticks etiquette reviews (as seen on WTN's Modern Manners). If more intrigued by an eerier side of Toronto, then join her on the latest ghost walk Phantoms, Players and Pundits, which was launched for Halloween 2003.

She kicked-off 2008 by offering her inaugural Annual Chinese New Year Dinner Banquets and then celebrated the 130th anniversary of Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown with locals from that fading neighbourhood.

See what she’ll be cooking up for 2013 onward!

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For Foodies…

17th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year in Toronto's 2nd Chinatown Tours

Jan. 24, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 2014 NEW Fridays!

7th Annual Chinese New Year’s Day 11-Course Banquet
Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

2nd Annual Chinese New Year's Lantern Festival 9-Course Banquet
Fri. Feb. 14th 2014

Multi-Ethnic Spring Bounty in Kensington Market
March to June TBA

Qing Ming Festival in Toronto’s 2nd Chinatown
Sunday April 6, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
May 25, June 1, 2014

Multi-Ethnic Summer Bounty: Kensington Market
July – Sept. TBA

Lotus Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
July 2014

Harvest Moon Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown + Broadview Gateway
Aug. 24– Sept. 7

Multi-Ethnic Harvest Season: Toronto’s Kensington Market & Chinatown
Nov. 17, 24, 2014

Celebrate All The Winter Holidays in Kensington Market
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2014

For Literary Detectives…

79th Anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s last home!
Sat. March 9, 2014

Charles Dickens' Toronto 1842 Visit
Sat. May 3, 2014

Happy early 140th Birthday, Lucy Maud Montgomery!
Sun. Nov. 30, 2014

For Ghost Hunters…

Ghostly March Break Walks
Fri. March 14 – 21, 2014

May Equinox Ghost Festival
April 29 – May 2, 2014

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival
Aug. tba, 2014

Halloween Week Special
Oct. 21 – Oct. 29, 2014

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