Rice is the star of the show at Taitung’s Winter Rice Harvest Festival. For the Hakka people living in Taitung, rice is of utmost importance to them. Having immigrated twice before settling down in the East Rift Valley of Taitung, the Hakka traditionally depended on the annual rice harvest for sustenance and support. Due to the important role that rice played in feeding the Hakka communities in Taitung, the annual harvest festival has become the most important celebration for the Hakka in the county. For the Hakka, the festival symbolizes the farmer’s respect for the land, gratitude for natures blessings, and their affection for rice. In order to further promote this fascinating aspect of Taitung Hakka culture, the Taitung Winter Rice Harvest Festival was established in 2010 to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the valley to learn more about Hakka culture and their favorite staple food.