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What unique Toronto Food Festivals have you marked on your 2008 calendar?

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TORONTO and GTA FOOD FESTIVALS ?

The winter will be over before we know it and the warmer weather will return soon.
With all the great Toronto and GTA Food Festivals to chose from, Which ones are you marking on your calendar 'NOT TO BE MISSED' ?

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  1. Every summer its all about ribfests for me. Nothing beats summer sunshine and mass amounts of barbecue. My favourite ones are Etobicoke (on Canada day - to catch the fireworks too), and Burlington (because of the lakeside location) I already can't wait!

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    1. re: pancake

      Since you're a fellow Ribfest fan, the newest one is over in my neck of the woods. Pickering gets a fest this year, June 6-8 at Esplanade Park:

      http://www.durhamwestrotaryribfest.com

    2. Taste of the Danforth, the weekend of August 8th to 10th 2008. Always fun, but better just after noon - it gets too crowded if you arrive late. Lots of Greek and other food served up by venders on the street, many of them outside their restaurants.

      http://www.toronto.com/tasteofthedanf...

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      1. re: Bob Catt

        "AFROFEST" which is around the first weekend in July and is held in Queen's Park. Lots of interesting 'food vendors' as well as the usual West Indian assortment (jerk pork/chicken etc) Lots of interesting people to meet and the MUSIC is wonderful...I can't think of a 'downside' unless it 'rains' and then it's not so pleasant...it's right on the TTC subway etc. Parking (Lots) fairly easy but not too cheap. If you've never tried the 'variety' of African foods available and that you won't find in the few African restaurants...you should try AFROFEST. The festival is an all ages event and it runs day and night! They probably have a website...but I'm counting on a CH'r to post it ...I'm not good at technical side of life!

        1. re: Bob Catt

          I actually list Taste of the Danforth as one of my must-avoids. It's gotten even worse, the prices have doubled in 3 years, just not worth the trip. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere, unless you like overspending for tiny portions while getting hit by baby strollers....

        2. Here's a list, some with links, of many (probably most) of the food etc. festivals in Ontario.

          http://www.swingoutoftown.com/persona...

          1. I always go down to the South Asian Festival, Masala! Mendi! Masti! for great dosa and spicy delights.

            I also keep an eye on http://www.tasteto.com/events/ where they provide a heads up on all sorts of tasty festivals and events.

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            1. re: idnas

              Thanks for the tip idnas.
              Do you have a 2008 date for this year's event?
              The 'taste.to site' is an amazing resource thanks again

              1. re: fruglescot

                Glad it's helpful. I haven't found dates for this year but it's usually mid-summer.

                1. re: fruglescot

                  MMM looks like it's set for July 25th - 27th this year.

              2. 'fruglescot'
                ....................I HAVE personally attended AFROFEST for several years and will indeed attend THIS year, I do not have the exact date for this year's fest since I am presently away from Toronto and the exact date has not been shown on LAST year's google info! (If you must know the exact date I suggest you contact CIUT-FM as they always broadcast from the site and may have up to date info for 2008!
                IMO...it is the largest and most distinct of all the ' African Community Festivals............for those who are interested in African Food..........it would be a great place to try for the varied cuisine(s) available.
                I personally, believe it it has a place in this post................

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                1. re: pearlD

                  AFROFEST 2008 DATE ?
                  Thanks pearlD for your enthusiastic endorsement of this annual festival
                  held in Queen's Park I have attended AFROFEST and agree that it is a destination not to be missed. I have fired off an email to the organizers requesting the exact 2008 date and I will post it here and mark it on my calendar when I hear back from them. GREAT FOOD WONDERFUL
                  MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT. I particularly enjoy the Corn Soup man there.
                  Edit; Still have your blog ? Like to read . Contact my email

                  1. re: fruglescot

                    There is also Bana yAfrique, at Dundas Sq., I think the second Sunday of August, and another African street fest at Bloor and Ossington. Both have a pretty good selection of food vendors. Among the interesting ones is a group of women (who don't have a restaurant, but do some catering) from, I think, the Cote d'Ivoire. I think that they go by the name Les Amazones.

                    1. re: hungry_pangolin

                      http://www.afrivillagefest.com/

                      AfriVillage Fest. No dates yet for 2008, but this was definitely one of my favourite fests of last summer, along with AfroFest.

                2. AFROFEST 2008 is on July 5th and 6th and the food is very much part of the experience. www.musicafrica.org

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                  1. re: Music Africa

                    definetely going to go to the Montreal Beer Festival..this year!!

                    1. re: domesticgodess

                      Is the beer festival held here in Toronto,domesticgodess? I don't believe I've ever enjoyed a Montreal beer.

                      1. re: fruglescot

                        Mondial de la Biere is held in Montreal, this year May 28th - June 1st. I've never been, but by all accounts it makes our own little beer festival at Fort York (Aug 7th - 10th this year) (www.beerfestival.ca - although I'd be sure to sit down when visiting the website - it's um... "busy") look like a bunch of high school kids with a 6-pack out behind a dumpster.

                        1. re: SherylKirby

                          JUST AROUND THE CORNER
                          Anybody know of any Spring Food Festivals worthy of attending?

                          1. re: fruglescot

                            http://www.towineandcheese.com/

                            Crowded, expensive, lots of teen-age drunks by mid-afternoon. Used to be great, but now there is less food than in the past and way too many big-boobed booth babes selling "kulers", dude.( I only really object to the *kulers*) Get there at the open if you go.

                            http://www.goodfoodfestival.com/

                            Crowded, some very good prices for food, some interesting products usually. Best time to go is Sunday as prices on remaining food can drop further from their already very fair levels, though you may find some have run out.

                            Say, if you're writing a book-you've been compiling lists lately- the Scot in me wants some of the royalties for my contributions.

                            1. re: Scary Bill

                              Agree totally. Wine and Cheese (and even worse, Gourmet Food and Wine Expo) are a total ripoff. You pay about $20 to get in, then you're spending $5 per SAMPLE (like, half an ounce of wine!).

                              Good Food Festival doesn't have alcohol but the free samples and good deals make it an OK trip. No day is the right day. Friday, damn school field trips flood the place, Saturday, just crowded as you'd expect, Sunday, the good stuff is sold out. If they'd get rid of the school groups (the kids get nothing out of it other than free samples and then when they get bored they all crowd the front yard smoking) then it'd be worth taking a day off work to go Friday. If the people in charge of this show see this, PLEASE get rid of the damn kids!

                            2. re: fruglescot

                              4 seasons of Italy hosted by the Italian Trade Commission. I think it is in May for 2 weeks at about 20 restaurants

                    2. Afrofest. Very definitely Afrofest.

                      1. The Italian Trade Commission is having a festival in May for two weeks called 4 Seasons or something like that. From what i understand, there are about 20 of the top Italian restaurants participating and it will focus on Italian products, as well as the dishes. Sort of like a mini winterlicious. Each restaurant will feature a special menu for the two weeks and they are free to make whatever they want as long as they use really authentic products right from Italy. Should get interesting, i want to make reservations now!!!

                        1. Not sure of the exact date, but in early May the Lifford Wine Agency holds an annual tasting event. No information on it yet, but there should be something soon.

                          http://www.liffordwine.com/

                          1. Definitely check out the Sugarbush Festival starting on March 7th and Bruce's Mill off Stouffville Road. I grew up in that area and it is a great way to see and show your kids how maple syrup is made. You can see it being boiled down and try some, from what I remember there was even a pancake breakfast. Awesome.