Monday, August 1, 2016

3 Themed Food Festivals to check out in August in TO

There is no shortage of food festivals happening in Toronto this summer and here are 3 that aren't general festivals to fit everyone they are more targeted to people that are interested in specific things, foods or cultures.   Last year I attended the Coconut Festival and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to see and try lot's of things and there was some really good food there to sample too.
I also attended Kultura a Filipino Arts Festival which was held at Yonge and Dundas square last year and I can tell you that they needed more space for the long lines for the food vendors so this year they have moved to Nathan Philips Square.  I think it's a much better location for this event.  You can read about my experience at these festivals in previous posts from last year but new to my festival to do list is the Sweetery Festival.  It started last year but I wasn't able to check it out then but I hope to be able to attend this year and take pics of all the sweets from local Bakers.   I am planning on attending all three of these festivals so I will be writing follow up posts on them all.  Here are some more details in case you are interested in attending.  All three of these have easy to get to locations and are free to attend which is why I can recommend them for people that aren't sure if they want to attend,  you have nothing to lose but you may see or try some interesting things.

Coconut Festival

Toronto hosts Canada’s 3rd Annual Coconut Festival & Marketplace
Date:           Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10a.m. – 8pm

Location:    David Pecaut Square, 215 King St Toronto, M5V 3G2

Coconut Festival Canada produces the event to connect all communities to learn about the coconuts’ various health benefits & diverse addictive delicious culinary and lifestyle uses ​with the addition of a Book Drive for an orphanage partner in the Philippines.

 It’s a Free General Admission event featuring ​70 vendors dealing with​ ​coconut in your food choices, wellness program, cleaning, cosmetics, fashion and more from Asia & Pan America.  You can taste and shop for various coconut products including those from local artisans: vegan coconut cakes,​ coconut pancakes, spreads, oils, energy snacks, chips, dips 
Some of the Featured speakers are:
  • Sunita Mohan, (Host of Kitty Talk on Omni2 on Saturday) speaking to Good Fats and the Bad Fats because good fats protect your heart, support overall health and help you lose weight. In fact, good fats such as omega-3 fats are essential to physical and emotional health."
  • ​​​Kalayaan De Vera;​RHN,​​ will speak about using DIY coconut beauty and home products.
  • Kennedy Lodato,​Co-Founder of the Canadian Fitness Education Alliance-​Recovery and Foam Rolling after exercise th​a​t can help flush out lactic acid and reduce soreness.
   Interactive Content:
  • ​Edane Padme:​ will be conducting free children’s grass yoga and tea ceremony​                              
  • Kelani Dance-a Polynesian dance that is a way of thinking and living.

The festival also provides family entertainment such as; children’s games, coconut bowling contests, hula contests, free yoga, acro yoga, and Polynesian & New Zealand dancers.
What’s new this year is an Eco Fashion Show featuring local designers and artist showcasing their work with the coconut theme in place. ​  

The first 500 attendees receive a complimentary swag bag.

There is a book drive and that partial proceeds from donations and sales of fresh coconuts will go to build a library in an orphanage ​partner ​in the Philippines ages 1-21.

Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

Canada's only multi-disciplinary Filipino arts festival Kultura Filipino Arts Festival returns to Toronto but it has moved to Nathan Phillips Square this year. 
Date: August 5-7, 2016
It's an incredible celebration of Canada's largest diaspora, featuring a bad-ass food competition. 

Headlining the festival is HATAW Performing Arts dance troupe. Performing on the third and final day of the festival at Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.), the world-renowned troupe brings together dance, costume and culture in a display of mesmerizing talent. HATAW joins a lineup on the third day that also includes a live performance stage, a marketplace of Filipino artists and entrepreneurs, and an art battle.
Back by popular demand is Kultura’s culinary battle, Kain Kalye: Filipino Street Eats Competition. Guests will have the chance to tour the traditional and nouveau cuisine of the Philippines on the final day of the festival when they sample foods from the participating vendors and vote for their favourite. Participating restaurants include last year’s winner, Diona Joyce of Toronto’s Kanto & Tita Flips, and Chef Daniel Cancino of Lamesa. Kultura will be selling a limited number of Kain Kalye Passports online in the lead-up to the festival with discounted prices for all the participating food vendors.  


Sweetery Food Festival
Sweetery is a not-for-profit organization that will be hosting a sweets food festival in collaboration with George Brown College Chef School 
Date: Saturday August 20 and Sunday August 21 
Location: David Pecaut Square (King St and John St).
This festival is dedicated solely to all things confectionery to create a local event that will promote and showcase the whimsical world of confectionery and culinary arts in the Greater Toronto Area. 

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