Innovation is critical for events depending on continuing success. TaiwanFest elevated the quality of the festival programming by incorporating two live concerts. One of which, Mayday, the premier Rock band in Taiwan, made their Canadian debut at the festival. Another example of innovation was the use of the “Noodles of the World” concept to expand the festival to include various communities in Canada. Over 4,000 bowls of Championship Noodles were served during the three-day festival in Vancouver. The two festivals in Toronto and Vancouver exceeded 110,000 in combined attendance, making the festival one of the largest Mandarin/English cultural events in Canada.