Food events are returning to Toronto!
Following an enforced leave period (because of you-know-what), Torontonian foodies will be pleased to hear of the long-awaited return of two food events, Toronto Taste and Summerlicious.
Toronto Taste will celebrate its 30th anniversary on Sunday, June 12th, at Evergreen Brick Works. The event organizers have described the one-day food festival as the “one-and-only culinary extravaganza of the year!”.
(Although I’m sure those involved with Summerlicious will have something to say about that).
The event features the “best of the best of the city’s food scene” for an evening supporting Second Harvest, Canada’s largest food rescue charity.
Good food for a good cause. (Even the most pessimistic Twitter trolls will find it hard to think of something terrible to say about that).
The event will welcome 40 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants, offering various culinary delicacies. There’ll be a chef for everyone from steakhouses to cookie makers to curry houses.
And even if you’re not hungry, the event will host a selection of breweries, wineries, spirit makers, and non-alcoholic beverage providers.
Toronto Taste will also get the competitive juices flowing with MasterChef style Chef Challenge, pitting top GTA chefs against each other with a “mystery” selection of ingredients and a panel of judges.
If that isn’t enough for you, their silent charity auction and the relatively luxurious raffle prizes should provide the icing on the cake for what is set to be a long-awaited and enjoyable evening.
Dundas West Fest, which will now be known as Do West Fest is returning after a two-year break from June 3 – 5th. The weekend long event takes place in the heart of Little Portugal and brings with it live music, food trucks artisan market vendors and tons of delicious food.
Taste of Little Italy is back in June as well (June 17 – 19). This massive festival that streches along College Street hosts a ton od multicultural vendors, amazing food, and carnival rides. and new this year a learn-to-skate park.
Fortunately, the food celebrations do not end there. Earlier this April, Mayor John Tory was “Thrilled to launch the 17th season of Summerlicious in Toronto” via his Twitter account.
The event, dubbed “Toronto’s favourite Summer Foodie Event” (again, I’m sure Toronto Taste will have something to say about that), will be held between August 12th – 28th.
Mayor Tory’s official public release highlighted how the event is intentionally designed to support the “recovery and revival” of Toronto’s restaurant scene, encouraging and providing easy access for Torontonians to return to their much-loved dining venues.