Summertime in Toronto is never short of street festivals and events. You can be sure that every weekend from June to September, there is something happening and it generally involves food and drink. Toronto has quickly become a Mecca for foodies and food connoisseurs alike.
This year, Taste of Toronto, which runs from 2-5 July 2015, will be hosting its second annual food tasting event featuring samples of al fresco gourmet foods from many of Toronto’s latest and greatest restaurants. In fact, there will be over 70 exhibitors in attendance! How great is that?!
After reading up on this year’s food offerings, which will include gluten-free choices suitable to my dietary needs, I decided that I can and would attend this year’s event. No arm-twisting required.
The location for Taste of Toronto will be at the historic Fort York, a hop, skip and jump from Toronto’s Harbourfront. Fort York will be transformed into a food lover’s paradise featuring ample food, drinks and entertainment. And of course, every foodie’s favourite past-time, chef-spotting. You may even be fortunate enough to convince one of your favourite Toronto chefs, to stand still long enough to pose for a photo with you.
Taste of Toronto 2015 restaurant and star lineup
- Adrian Niman, Rasa
- Alvin Leung and Eric Chong, R&D (Thursday and Friday only)
- Amanda Ray, Biff’s Bistro
- Anthony Walsh and Michael Bonacini, Oliver & Bonacini
- Bill Osborne, America
- Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station
- Cory Vitiello and Robbie Hojilla, The Harbord Room and THR & Co.
- Damon Campbell, Bosk
- David Neinstein, Barque
- Elia Herrera, Los Colibris and El Caballito
- Franco Stalteri, Charlie’s Burgers
- Jonathan Waxman and Matt Robertson, Montecito
- Ippei Iwata, Aki Urata and Koji Tashiro, Guu Toronto, Kintori Yakitori and Kinton Ramen (Saturday only)
- Masaharu Morimoto, Morimoto Toronto
- Michael van den Winkel, Little Sister
- Miheer Shete, Bannock
- Rob Bragagnolo, Marben (Sunday only)
- Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
- Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
- Victor Barry, Splendido
- Lynn Crawford, Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador
- Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
- Massimo Capra, Galbani Cheese
- Rick Moonen, True North Salmon
Chef Masaharu Morimoto (above)
A new face to keep an eye out for is renowned chef Masaharu Morimoto, Iron Chef and Michelin-starred mastermind. He will be debuting his signature dishes from his latest restaurant aptly named, Masaharu Morimoto, scheduled to open in the King West neighbourhood in late 2015. This will be his first venture into the Canadian food scene. Festival goers will be fortunate enough to sample some of Morimoto’s fusion Japanese creations, like Uni Carbonara made with quail egg, smoked bacon and parmesan, as well as Toro Tartare served with caviar, sour cream, wasabi and dashi soy.
Chef Roger Mooking (above)
Visitors will have the opportunity to attend food demos hosted by well-known local chefs, including a chance to get their hands dirty by joining in on the interactive food-making programs. A music stage to get your groove on, a Tasting Room for numerous libations, a VIP lounge to relax and regroup with your friends, and a boutique fruit and drink market for the shopping enthusiast, are just a smattering of the many attractions available for everyone attending Taste of Toronto 2015.
To make it easier for everyone, the required currency at Taste of Toronto will be the Crown. Crowns are equivalent to dollars (1 Crown = $1). At the beginning of the event there will be “banks” where visitors can add currency to their crown card, similar to a debit card, therefore making it easier to pay for your food without the added stress of dealing with coins and wallets, while you try to hold onto your most coveted food. This year a new feature has been added to the crown card, the “top-up!” This allows visitors to keep adding crown currency to their card so they never have to go hungry or miss out on things like, Montecito’s meatballs with creamy polenta with tomato sugo. Yes, that is one delicious sounding food option.
So there you have it food-lovers, a great opportunity to try some gourmet food from Toronto’s finest restaurants and chefs. Places that you may not otherwise get a chance to eat at will be ready, willing and eager to fill your mouth with fresh salads, tacos, pork buns, ceviche, oysters, bbq ribs, paella, lobster rolls, funnel cakes, panna cotta and gourmet popsicles. Last but not least, let us not forget about the assortment of fine local wines and beers, and of course non-alcohol refreshments to be had at the ready.
I’m definitely looking forward to attending Taste of Toronto this year! My advice to you would be to get there early in order to 1) avoid the back log of line-ups, which I’m sure will be unavoidable at such a popular event; and 2) Ensure that you get to sample your favourite foods before they sell out!
For more information on Taste of Toronto visit their website.