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The 2016 Taste of Toronto Festival

Neighbourhood | Written on June 20, 2016

Holy Yumminess! There’s another incredible foodie fest on the way and we’ve got to say, just thinking about this one is making us very, very excited and, well, pretty hungry. And, what’s more, like many of the incredible events that happen year-round in Toronto, this festival will take place mere minutes away from our Liberty Central By The Lake Two location. How sweet it is to call our stunning residential community home!

So which awesome food festival is up next and what can we expect? Taste of Toronto is back bigger, and more delicious than ever, at the Fort York Garrison Common for 4 scrumptious days, from Thursday, June 23 to Sunday, June 26!

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Taste of Toronto is undoubtedly one of our city’s most anticipated (and yummiest) food festivals. That’s due in large part to the high calibre of talented chefs who participate in this event every year. Collectively, they offer more than 50 restaurant-quality dishes to patrons, that cover a range of cuisines and cooking styles, all of them seriously delicious!

During the tasty four days of the Taste of Toronto Festival, there will be six sessions, lasting between four and five hours. The sessions are scheduled to run as follows:

Thursday June 23, 2016
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 9:30PM

Friday June 24, 2016
Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Saturday June 25, 2016
Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Evening Session – 5:30PM – 10:00PM

Sunday June 26, 2016
Afternoon Session – 12:00PM – 5:00PM

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One ticket allows entry to one session of your choice and, though there will be lots to enjoy for free, it’s recommended that attendees plan to purchase dishes from the wide array of offerings available at this event. We’re sure that you’d hate to miss out on any of the deliciousness at Taste of Toronto, of which there will be plenty!

As in previous years, the Taste of Toronto Festival will operate on a crown system. Crowns, rather than cash, are the currency accepted by Taste of Toronto vendors. If you are definitely heading to this year’s Taste of Toronto Festival (and you really should!), you can purchase a crown card in advance, online. You can pick up your crown card at the “Will Call” booth on the Taste of Toronto grounds and load it with crowns. $1 CAD is the equivalent of one crown.  Crown cards can also be purchased onsite. For Taste of Toronto attendees who purchase their tickets at the gate, they will also be able to get and load their crown card at the Crown Bank on the Taste of Toronto festival grounds. For more information about the crowd card system, visit the Taste of Toronto website here.

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Now that we’ve gotten some of the logistics out of the way, it’s time to get into the heart of this festival – the food! Here are the fantastic local restaurants, chefs and exhibitors that you can look forward to at this year’s Taste of Toronto:

Ace Bakery

Adamo Estate Winery

AG Macarons

Avocados From Mexico


Beaujolais Wines

Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co.

Bike Canada Beverages

Blue Eyed Baker

Blue Goose

Bonne Maman & Laura Secord

Bounce Natural Energy Balls


Brickworks Ciderhouse

Chill Pops

Come And Get It

County Yum Club

Creekside Estate Winery

Death In Venice Gelato

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits

ESKA Naturally Pure

Fever-Tree Mixers

Fort York National Historic Site

Galbani Cheese

Genuine Tea

George Brown College

Hobbs & Co.

Juice Matters

Just Craft Soda

Karma Clusters – Organic & Vegan

Ketel One

La Dee Da Gourmet Sauces

La Maison Maille

Lamb Club ™

Loaded Pierogi

Mar & Sol, VOGA

Mill Street Brewery

Mill Street Root Beer


Oats & Ivy

Oka – Agropur Signature

Olive Oil Emporium

Ozery Bakery

Palm Bay

Parks Canada Shop

Persian Empire Distillery


Pilsner Urquell

Pure Leaf Iced Tea

Rhineland Cutlery

Rosehall Run Prince Edward County

Rosewood Estates Winery


Shiny Apple Cider

The Kolonaki Group

The Spread

Toronto Distillery Co.

Tropic Love

Upper Canada Cheese Company

Vita Coco

Walter Craft Caesar Mix

Way Better Snacks

Woolwich Dairy

Nota Bene

The Drake

Miku Restaurant


Fat Pasha

Richmond Station

The McEwan Group

Mamakas Taverna

Little Sister Indonesian & Noorden Food Bar


Los Colibris

El Caballito

Kinka Family Inc.

Piano Piano



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Among this extensive selection, there will be tons of restaurant-quality dishes available for purchase, food and drink samples, interactive demonstrations and artisan stalls. Really, be prepared to not only get your delicious dining on, but also to walk away knowing a lot more about food and drink preparation, courtesy of some of the best in the business!

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You’re officially excited, we know. So are we! There’s actually more though! There are four Taste of Toronto contests open to anyone interested: The “Name That Chef” Twitter contest, the Street Team contest (also known as the Liberty Village contest), the “Guess that Chef Facebook” contest and the Braun Blender contest. For details about contest entry, rules and prizes, follow the hyperlinks.

Photo from View The Vibe

Photo from View The Vibe

You don’t have to be a foodie to enjoy the Taste of Toronto Festival, but, just so you know, if you are, you definitely don’t want to miss this event. For the full list of menu items that will be available at the Taste of Toronto festival, vendor locations, prices, dishes of the day, information about sponsors and more, view the Taste of Toronto 2016 Menu Card. We’re saving room for the world of deliciousness heading our way this week, and we know that it will be well worth it!


Written by L. D. Moore