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Festival of South Asia

cutehinano Aug 15, 2007 04:02 PM

Does anyone know if the Festival of South Asia is worth going to? Looking at the list of vendors it seems like they have some amazing Indian food. Check out the list: http://www.festivalofsouthasia.com/ta....

I don't live near there but I like Indian food a lot (especially samosas!) so I'm wondering if it's worth going.


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    suzspot Aug 15, 2007 04:21 PM

    I live in the area and have gone a few times. I like it- it is way smaller, and calmer than Taste of the Danforth...it is more like a small community fair, with entertainment and small kid rides. It looks like they are planning more outdoor food than usual, which would be great...I can't get enough of the local food. I would recomend giving it a try, seeing you like Indian anyway, chances are you will find some new favorite.

    1. vorpal Aug 15, 2007 05:18 PM

      I went last year and really enjoyed it. Make sure to pick up a mango kulfi - perfect treat for the summer!

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        11oclockish Aug 16, 2007 07:59 AM

        I also live in the area and have gone a few times and enjoyed it. Because I live so close, I have never spent more than a couple hours there at a time, as it is very small, but I definitely think it's worth your trip. It gets busier in the evening, and there is always entertainment like dancing, music, etc.
        As for the food, I have to say it's usually pretty good for an event like this. There is usually an area where you can get beer and sit down, too, if you are into that.
        Have fun!

        1. xtal Aug 16, 2007 08:45 AM

          I'm in agreement with the above posters.

          It's a worthwhile festival, and is particularly nice because it is a little more laid-back than the Danforth equivalent. I went last year on the final evening, and was relaxed and fun. The food is great as well.

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            bluedog Aug 16, 2007 06:55 PM

            I also concur. I MUCH prefer this over TOTD. The food is actually really good as is the entertainment; there's enough people to make it interesting, but not so much that your crushed. Worth a meal and a wander for maybe 1-2 hours.

            As for best place, I think most of the restaurnats in the area are pretty similar quality. Just eat what looks good.

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            cutehinano Aug 16, 2007 06:47 PM

            Thanks for all the replies. I'll definitely check it out this weekend. Any suggestions on the best places to try?


            1. foodyDudey Aug 17, 2007 06:30 PM

              I don't understand why they don't call it "Festival of India". Seems odd to me.

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                pescatarian Aug 17, 2007 06:35 PM

                Perhaps because some of the restaurants are Pakistani? I know it's called Little India, but I guess they're trying to be more inclusive.
                I'm going to check it out tomorrow aft. I love that area anyways.

                1. re: foodyDudey
                  jinxed Aug 17, 2007 06:40 PM

                  South Asia includes other countries, including Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal...
                  If you look at their line-up, they have dancing, music and food from the different cultures.

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                    foodyDudey Aug 18, 2007 05:09 AM

                    I noticed that after I posted. That area on Gerrard St was mainly Indian but now has many Pakistani shop owners. But I haven't seen any Sri Lankan or Bangladeshi places. It's funny that they want to combine the festival when generally those countries don't get along and they separated from India in the past. To me it's equivalant to a combined festival ot Serbian and Croatian culture.

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                      pescatarian Aug 18, 2007 07:29 PM

                      I think it's great. It's why we're in Canada. People can mix here that can't in other parts of the world and share their heritage via food, etc. I think it'd be awesome to see a Middle Eastern festival that included Arabs and Jews, but that's an aside.
                      I went today and had a great time. Weather was perfect. Had some tasty food from Siddartha and a mango kulfi and enjoyed the atmosphere.

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                        ekammin Aug 18, 2007 09:22 PM

                        Somehow, trhe charm of all these food festivals escapes me.

                        If a personn is unfamiliar with South Asian food, I can see the value of going to become familiar with it. But, as a long-=term resident of Toronto, I have become reasonably familiar with South Asian food, and I prefer eating it either at home, where I have prepared it, ot well prepared (I can't make everything at home) and served in a good restauarnt, rather than gobbling it down in an atmosphere somewhat like the Yonge Streeet subway at rush hour.

                        1. re: ekammin
                          pescatarian Aug 19, 2007 03:39 AM

                          I know what you mean in part. I avoid the TOTD for that reason. However, the Southeast Asia festival has different charm and I like that it's small. It was no where near the atmosphere of a subway station at rush hour. There were kids from different cultures dancing to traditional music on the stage. I go to that area whether there's a festival or not,and I am familiar with the food and have cooked it myself, but it was nice all the same. And we didn't gobble our food down, we went into a restaurant and sat down as usual.

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