Before going to Taichung (T'aichung/Taichū) 台中, we stopped by a small "river" near Jhong-jheng Park, to say hello to Amber's uncle, who was doing some fishing. My brother-in-law is one of the most nicest people I have ever met.
The festival was held in the park meridian that runs between Taizhonggang and Gongyi Roads, not far from the National Museum of Natural Science 国立自然科学博物館. The number of food stalls and other vendors there made it seem more like a market than a music festival, but then what would Taiwan be if there weren't people out there trying to sell you things? Amber had a try at an electronic drum kit:
We stopped for a break at a nearby Mister Donut ミスタードーナツ, where Amber had her first, and presumably (for a while, at least), last sip of coffee (with cream and sugar):
We actually didn't hear all that much in the way of music. I did, however, record one jazz quartet for about 90 seconds:
The somewhat shaky camerawork comes from trying to film with one hand, while carrying my daughter in my other arm.
As night fell (and Amber started getting tired), we headed back to Fengyuan (Hōgen) 豊原, stopping off at a roadside teppanyaki 鉄板焼き stand to pick up some food to take home for dinner.
For myself, Taichung's Jazz Festival ended up being a celebration of Taiwan's budding craft beer industry. I've long complained about the generally poor quality of the government-monopoly produced Taiwan Beer (if you like Budweiser, you'll love Taiwan Beer!), and the lack of selection of beers in general to be found in convenience stores and supermarkets. The retail situation is still pretty bleak, but microbreweries are starting to appear on the scene, and not a moment too soon!
The large bottle in the middle is brewed by a company called Le ble d'or, while the two on either side are from North Taiwan Brewing. Both breweries are based in the Taipei (T'aipei/Taihoku) 台北 area, though Le ble d'or also has a couple of restaurants in Taichung. I've already polished off the bottle on the right (the Abbey Beer) while I've been writing this (and it was delicious!), and I'm looking forward to the other two. In fact, combined with the sake-in-a-can and sake-in-a-carton (straw included!) that I was given by a student on Friday (her mother-in-law had just returned from a trip to Japan), I think I'm going to be feeling pretty good for most of this upcoming week!