Toronto’s Summer Food Scene Unlike Any Other

It’s my favourite time of year, in my favourite city, Toronto. I love summer in Canada’s unofficial capital for a number of reasons, the heat, the entertainment scene and most of all the food festivals.

As the most diverse city in the world it probably comes as no surprise that Toronto’s food and cultural events reflect the eclectic array of citizens that make up this unique melting pot of diversity.

From The Asia Food Fest to the Halal Food Festival there are street events every weekend to keep residents busy from June through August. While picking a favourite food festival is impossible there are a handful I absolutely refuse to miss each year.

To Food Fest – July 9 & 10, 2016

Celebrating the rich diversity that sets Toronto apart the TO Food Fest is one of the earliest food festivals in the busy summer schedule and really showcases the inclusivity and uniqueness that makes Toronto great.

Featuring more than two dozen indoor and outdoor vendors and food trucks this festival is located in the North eastern corner of the Greater Toronto Area known as Scarborough and is sponsored by the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto.

Serving up everything from freshly squeezed lemonade to BBQ squid visitors to the TO Food Fest can travel the globe in one building.

Toronto Food Truck Festival -- July 29-31, 2016

One of the newest festivals to the Toronto scene, the Toronto Food Truck Festival brings more than 30 of the city’s most popular food trucks to Woodbine Park for a food truck extravaganza.

For what the lack in space, these trucks pack a flavourful punch as the serve up much more than just hot dogs and fries. From Heirloom, a food truck committed to providing local and sustainable foods, to Buster’s Sea Cove a truck serving fresh seafood a number of ways.

For the adventurous and the true foodies the Toronto Food Truck Festival offers all the surf and turf options you could want and everything in between.

Pan American Food Festival – August 13 & 14, 2016

Taking place in the hottest month of the year in the heart of Toronto’s downtown core the Pan American Food Festival at Yonge and Dundas Square is one of the most trafficked food festivals in the country.

Featuring an array of local and international chefs from all over the Americas, this food festival is a celebration of every country from Canada to Venezuela.

As the host city of the 2015 Pan Am Games, last year’s Pan American Food Festival lasted four days and included the first ever Pan American Music Festival.

As the executive chef and founder of Toronto’s first upscale Argentinian restaurant I am especially fond of the Pan American Food Festival and the authentic and traditional dishes it brings to the residents and visitors of Toronto.

Of course these are only a few of the more than 15 cultural and food festivals that punctuate and perfume Toronto over the summer.

-Bon Apetit-