Taste of Toronto 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Summer is heating up this weekend with the Toronto Festival of Beer 
and the Taste ofToronto!

Taste of Toronto, an IMG event, runs from July 24th to July 27th at the historic Fort York grounds and is a must attend event for foodies in the city.  The Taste festival concept actually began 10 years ago in London, England and has now grown into an international event with festivals being held in over 20 cities across the world.  The Taste festivals represent a  culinary haven for foodies where excellent renowned chefs and restaurants come together to bring you exquisite dishes alongside drinks, music and a wonderful outdoor setting!

At Taste of Toronto you will have a chance to participate in cooking classes, chef Q&A’s, book signings, staging demonstrations and of course EAT excellent food from local top chefs and notable Toronto restaurants.  Visitors can purchase CROWNS which is the official dining currency at the event and each crown purchased is worth 1 Canadian dollar. The average dish is between 6 – 10 Crowns.

Operating much like a restaurant with lunch and dinner services, Taste of Toronto will be comprised of six half-day sessions lasting anywhere between 4- 5 hours (session dependent) to give you time to enjoy your pick of restaurant dishes, browse the artisan stalls and enjoy some of the many attractions including the Electrolux Taste Theatre, Cookery Master classes, the Tasting Room, a VIP Lounge and a Music Stage.

Session Times
  • Thursday July 24th 2014  5:30PM – 9:30PM
  •  Friday July 25th & Saturday July 26th 2014  12:00PM – 4:00PM & 5:30PM – 9:30PM
  •  Sunday July 27th 2014  12:00PM – 5:00PM

The line-up of restaurants and chefs are very impressive and include some of my favourite places to dine. This year’s lineup features:
  • Barque Smokehouse, David Neinstein
  • Bosk, Damon Campbell
  • Guu Izakaya, Ippei Iwata / Kinton Ramen, Aki Urata / JaBistro, Koji Tashiro
  • Hudson Kitchen, Robbie Hojilla
  • Khao San Road, Chantana Top Srisomphan
  • Los Colibris, Elia Herrera / El Caballito, Gerry Quintero
  • Patria, Weslodge and Byblos, Stuart Cameron
  • Richmond Station, Carl Heinrich
  • Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha, Anthony Rose
  • Splendido, Victor Barry
  • The Grove, Ben Heaton
  • The Harbord Room and THR & Co., Cory Vitiello
  • The McEwan Group, Mark McEwan
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar, Sam Gelman (Thursday only)
  • Yours Truly, Lachlan Culjak (Friday only)
  • Hopgoods Foodliner, Geoffrey Hopgood (Saturday only)
  • Valdez, Steve Gonzalez (Sunday only)

You can conveniently find out the dishes that the above restaurants will be serving up at Taste of Toronto by viewing the Menu here or downloading the menu card here which includes very useful information about the event and programming.

There are a number of great programming highlights happening at Taste of Toronto from real-time cooking classes in the Metro Master Class with expert chefs such as Steve Gonzalez from Valdez, Richard Brault from Ninutik and Robbie Hojilla from Hudson Kitchen. 

The Tasting Room will host a panel of sommeliers and wine experts that will guide you through 30 minute interactive sessions that include tutored tastings, tips for pairings and how to cellar wine.  Session are $6 crowns and are on a first come basis.

There will also be top chef’s hosting live demonstrations in the Electrolux Taste Theatre.  Chef’s like Shereen Arazm (Terroni), Damon Campbell (Bosk), Victor Barry (Splendido), and Donna Dooher (Mildred's Temple Kitchen). They will engage the audience with gastronomic delights that will be sure to make you hungry.  The theatre is free but seating is limited so be sure to check out the schedule and arrive early.

Among all the wonderful attractions at this event you can also sip, sample and shop from the boutique food and drink market where over 70 artisan producers and premium brands showcase their finest.

Lastly with any outdoor festival, you need music and it just so happens that Taste of Toronto will have superb Canadian talent such as Jason Collett, The Treasures, Emilie Mover, Jane’s Party, Shadrack Jackman, Bellows, Grounders, Dirty Frigs, Tim Moxam, Rival Boys, as well DJ sets by Brendan Canning, The Darcys and Eon The Soul Proprietor.

Don’t miss out on one of the best foodie events this city has to offer! Tickets are still available and can be purchased here: Tickets

All photos are from the Taste of Toronto Website

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