Moon Festival: Chinese culture, commerce

Thousands of locals and tourists squirmed through the shoulder-to-shoulder throng filling several blocks of Chinatown’s Grant Avenue on Saturday for the annual Autumn Moon Festival, seeking souvenirs, buying food for a family banquet or angling for the best moon cake money can buy.

The 22nd annual event drew one of the largest crowds in recent memory, probably the result of a cloudless blue sky and a beefed-up marketing campaign to promote city celebrations, said David Chiu, president of the Board of Supervisors.

[...] doing a brisk business was the Triple Leaf Tea table, where most buyers took home the traditional Chinese ginseng tea, a bitter root beverage with a hint of a licorice flavor – definitely an acquired taste, said the company’s Vincent Lam.

Others bought the more common restaurant green tea, but there appeared to be fewer takers for some of the other options based on Chinese medicinal herbs, including the Horny Goat Weed tea, named after the plant rather than the animal, Lam said.

Fest concludes SundayLines outside the bakery are expected again Sunday for the second day of the festival, concluding with a 5 p.m. grand finale appearance of the Chinese dragon.

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