Summer time means tons of food festivals in Toronto! Taste of Toronto is a food festival that should be on everyone’s radar; one that is perfect for the whole family. Did you know that kids under 12 are free? Also, it is still the only North American outpost of the international Taste Festivals.
For those new to Taste of Toronto, it “…showcases the true flavours of the local food scene. Enjoy signature dishes from the city’s finest restaurants, learn tricks of the trade from world-class chefs, and sample gourmet food and drinks, all in one place. Whether you’re a well-dined gourmand, a new-found food lover, or simply looking for a good time with friends, there’s something for everybody at Taste of Toronto!” (Source: http://tasteoftoronto.com/)
This will be my third year going and I wanted to share some cool highlights for this year’s event. Read about my 2014 and 2015 experience. The location will once again be at Fort York with an expansion to Garrison Commons.
There will be 7 newly participating restaurants including:
- Piano Piano
Alo is the most sought after reservation in Toronto, if not Canada! They are actually closing Thursday night of The Taste, so they can participate at the event.
Taste of Toronto 2016 restaurant and star lineup
- Adrian Niman, Rasa
- Aki Urata, Kinton Ramen
- Anthony Rose, Fat Pasha
- Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station
- Chris Kalisperas, Mamakas Taverna
- Chuck Hughes, celebrity guest
- Claudio Aprile – Origin Restaurant.
- Cory Vitiello, Toronto Life Chef’s Table
- David Lee, Nota Bene
- David Neinstein, Barque
- Elia Herrera, Los Colibris & El Caballito Tequila y Tacos
- Franco Stalteri, Charlie’s Burgers
- Felipe Dueñas, The County General (Sunday only)
- Jamie Kennedy – Jamie Kennedy Kitchens
- Ippei Iwata, Kinka Izakaya
- Kazuya Matsuoka, Miku Toronto
- Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
- Michael Hunter, Antler Kitchen & Bar (Friday only)
- Michael van den Winkel, Little Sister & Noorden Food Bar
- Michelle Jobin, Taste Theatre
- Miranda Keyes, Metro Master Class
- Patrick Kriss, The Bar at Alo (Thursday only)
- Rick Moonen, Toronto Life Chef’s Table, Metro Master Class and Taste Theatre
- Rob Bragagnolo, Carver
- Ted Corrado, The Drake Hotel Properties
- Trevor Lui, Kanpai Snack Bar (Saturday only)
- Victor Barry, Piano Piano
Also on their website is the menu card. I recommend looking at it and downloading it. It pretty much tells you everything you need to know about Taste of Toronto in a printable PDF format, including a map, which Chefs will be there and when, as well as the dishes and number of crowns needed. This year, the number of crowns for a dish range from 6 crowns to 150. Start planning!
Admission prices for general entry tickets are $19 online and $24 at the door with further discounts for youths (13-17 years old) and American Express holders. There are VIP packages and private dining packages available as well (Buy Tickets).
Photos: Taste of Toronto 2015
I’ll be posting what I ate after the event on my blog and on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/themary_tang/ . Follow me!
I’ll be there with my family. Come say hello!