Taste of Toronto festival June 23 - 26, 2016

Toronto Gets Its Food Game On

Back in the day, YYZ’s nickname “Toronto the Good” spoke more to the conduct of its citizens than the quality of its restaurants.

That’s changed, and over the last 25 years or so Toronto has evolved a vibrant food culture that befits its ranking as the fourth most populous city in North America (after Mexico City, NYC and LA). Hey, all those people gotta eat!

One of the best ways to sample what the city has to offer is during the annual Taste of Toronto festival, which this year runs June 23 – 26 on the Garrison Common at Fort York. Taste of Toronto lets visitors enjoy signature dishes from the city’s finest restaurants, watch demonstrations from world-class chefs, and sample gourmet food and drinks, all in one place.

MRCA is pumped we’re involved in such a major undertaking, supplying T-shirts for participants plus some gear for prizing.

The festival operates like a restaurant, offering afternoon and evening services (tickets required). There are a total of six sessions running over the four-day event, with each session lasting between four and five hours. This provides visitors with enough time to enjoy their pick of over 50 restaurant dishes, browse artisan stalls, and enjoy the many interactive features on-site.

Speaking of how times have changed, though, did you know Toronto is home to one of the world’s largest LGBTQ Pride celebrations? This year the festivities run the full month of June and climax with the massive Pride Parade Sunday July 3. During this final weekend, Church Street in Toronto’s ‘Gay Village’ shuts down to become an epic pedestrian-only party zone.

Toronto's come a long way since the days when stores were closed on Sundays, exotic food was the Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls at the Silver Dragon and "gay" meant really happy to be boring, straight and white.

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