Taste of Toronto 2016 chef lineup (Clockwise from left to right): Kazuki Uchigoshi, Rob Bragagnolo, Michael van den Winkel, Trevor Lui, Anthony Rose, Elia Herrera, David Lee, David Neinstein, Carl Heinrich, Chris Kalisperas, Michael Acero, Davin Shearer, Ted Corrado, Mark McEwan, Michael Hunter and Franco Stalteri. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto
Taste of Toronto 2016 chef lineup (Clockwise from left to right): Kazuki Uchigoshi, Rob Bragagnolo, Michael van den Winkel, Trevor Lui, Anthony Rose, Elia Herrera, David Lee, David Neinstein, Carl Heinrich, Chris Kalisperas, Michael Acero, Davin Shearer, Ted Corrado, Mark McEwan, Michael Hunter and Franco Stalteri. Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto

Take a bite out of Toronto’s hottest culinary event of the summer, a tasty restaurant festival that will have your taste buds craving every mouth-watering flavour this event has to offer.

Now in its third year, Taste of Toronto will feature a stellar lineup represented by 16 of the city’s renowned chefs who have played a hand in Toronto having become such a culinary powerhouse. Running from June 23rd-26th, festival-goers can stroll through Garrison Common at Fort York and engage with Toronto’s masters of cuisine at their restaurant booths, dishing a delicious array of global flavours throughout the weekend.

You can taste, sip and savour signature dishes and diverse flavours from your favourite restaurants and bite your way through new dishes all in one stunning location. Tina Doull, Marketing Director for Taste Festivals Canada, says this four-day festival will feature the city’s finest restaurants and chefs dishing up their very best.

“Taste of Toronto is the must-attend culinary event of the summer,” says Doull. “There’s something for everyone, including hands-on master classes, live demonstrations, a lively marketplace and of course fueling food lover’s taste buds with the finest flavours and cuisine Toronto has to offer.”

Photo by: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto
Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto

Toronto is being recognized internationally as a culinary powerhouse and the third annual Taste of Toronto will build on this by exposing festival-goers to a multi-sensory exploration of everything food and drink, which will include the best-of-the-best chefs, live cooking demonstrations at Taste Theatre, interactive culinary features such at Toronto Life’s Chef’s Table, mouth-watering masterclasses at Metro Master Class, and so much more.

Taste of Toronto is part of the global Taste Festivals, which started 13 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world, including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Paris, Hong Kong, Dublin, Sydney and Moscow. Doull explains that Taste of Toronto, along with the global Taste Festivals aims to connect festival-goers and food lovers with world-renowned chefs, offering them a chance to interact with them through live demonstrations, cooking classes, intimate discussions and special features.

So what can you look forward to? How about over 20 of the city’s best chefs and over 60 of their best dishes. Catch a Metro Master Class and join celebrity Chefs Chuck Hughes, Claudio Aprile, Mike Ward, Mark McEwan and more of Toronto’s best chefs, who will be hosting cooking classes.

Claudio Aprile is known locally for his restaurant Origin. The original MasterChef judge brings his sophisticated approach to cuisine on Sunday, wrapping up the weekend at the Metro Master Class for a live cooking lesson, then sharing his personal food journeys at the Taste Theatre and Toronto Life’s Chef’s Table.
Claudio Aprile is known locally for his restaurant Origin. The original MasterChef judge brings his sophisticated approach to cuisine on Sunday, wrapping up the weekend at the Metro Master Class for a live cooking lesson, then sharing his personal food journeys at the Taste Theatre and Toronto Life’s Chef’s Table. Photo Credit: Origin Restaurants.

“You’ll have the opportunity to learn and cook recipes from the chefs themselves, or watch live demonstrations at the Taste Theatre by Victor Barry, David Lee, Anthony Rose and more stellar chefs to pick up some new tips and tricks,” continues Doull. “If you want to dive deep into a chef’s stories and journeys, be sure to join Jamie Kennedy, Michael Hunter, Cory Vitiello and a prestigious cast of chefs at the Toronto Life Chef’s Table.”

New this year is The Dish, a fourth specialty dish offered by the restaurants that allows chefs to be creative in what they’re offering. Prices for The Dish range from $6-$150, and use delicious and decadent ingredients, such as black truffles, wagyu beef, scallops and lobster to name a few.

In between trying dishes from each restaurant, don’t forget to check out the Taste Marketplace, where over 80 artisans and premium brands will be sampling and selling. Guests can put together their own drink pairings from the selection of wine, cider and brewery exhibitors. Meet the local artisans and shop from recognizable brands to up-and-coming names of olive oils, breads, meats and cheeses. Refresh with a drink from Brickworks Ciderhouse, made with 100% Ontario apples, enjoy a can of Just Craft Soda, naturally flavoured with cherries, lemongrass or ginger or discover Beaujolais Wines, best known for its light and flavourful red wines.

Photo by: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto
Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto

“Taste of Toronto is the best representation of what Toronto is – an array of global flavours, offering festival-goers the opportunity to roam around a beautiful outdoor venue and embark on a gastronomic journey around the world in one location,” says Doull. “This is such an exciting time right now for Toronto’s restaurant scene as the city is being recognized internationally as a culinary powerhouse. The restaurants and chefs that participate at Taste of Toronto are creating this momentum and pride that the world is abuzz about.”

Tickets start at $19 for general admission and will be $24 at the door and are available through Ticketmaster. For more information on Toronto’s Tastiest Restaurant Festival visit tasteoftoronto.com.

 

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