Toronto’s most revered restaurants and chefs will gather again for the third annual Taste of Toronto, this June 23 – 26. Expanding to Garrison Common at Fort York for four days, the festival will keep food lovers busy with hands-on master classes, live demonstrations, a marketplace, and of course, fueling their taste buds with the finest flavours and cuisine that Toronto has to offer.
The second annual Taste of Toronto drew more than 22,000 foodies and notable guests, who altogether enjoyed over 60,000 dishes, with celebrity chef appearances by Iron Chef and Michelin-starred wonder Masaharu Morimoto, Michelin-starred chef Alvin Leung and Michael Bonacini of Oliver & Bonacini. Continuing to grow on its success, this year’s event will welcome new chefs alongside returning favourites, as well as more than 70 exhibitors in the vendor marketplace, plus new programs and activations to ignite every guest’s experience.
“As the only Taste festival in North America, Taste of Toronto continues to be a powerhouse event that highlights the city’s impressive food scene,” said Heidi Ladell, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Culinary. “This year we’re expanding on the success of previous festivals to strengthen and diversify Toronto’s food community. Stay tuned for more exciting programs this year and mark your calendars for an unforgettable and delicious weekend!”
“We’re thrilled to a part of Taste of Toronto again – it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” said Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station. “With an incredible list of talented chefs lined up for this year, Taste of Toronto is the event of the summer for interacting with people who have a genuine passion for all things food; from the chefs themselves, the growers and artisanal producers behind the ingredients, to the notable players in the industry.”
Joining this year’s lineup is Kazuya Matsuoka of Miku Toronto introducing the signature flavour and aroma of Aburi Sushi to Toronto, David Lee of the recently renovated Nota Bene and Chris Kalisperas of elegant Greek taverna Mamakas. Fan-favourite Victor Barry will showcase his new Italian restaurant, Piano Piano, and Rob Bragagnolo is back with his recently opened sandwich shop Carver. Also returning to Taste of Toronto 2016 are Mark McEwan of McEwan Group, Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station, Ted Corrado of The Drake Hotel, Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty, Elia Herrera of El Caballito Tequila y Tacos and Los Colibris and Adrian Niman of Rasa. Each pop-up restaurant will offer three signature dishes to festival-goers.
Tickets are on sale April 5, with early bird pricing available. General tickets start at $19, youth under 12 are free, and youth 12 to 17 are $10. VIP and AMEX ticket packages are also available. With an exciting festival ahead, more talented chefs and restaurants, plus new and exciting programming, will be announced soon.