Canada’s largest street festival, Taste of the Danforth, kicks off its 25th annual celebration once more on Friday.
The event, which is held in Toronto’s Greektown – the Danforth – is a three-day celebration of food, fun and multiculturalism which this year runs August 10-12.
The Greater Toronto area has more than 200,000 residents of Greek ancestry, the third-largest Hellenic community outside of Greece. In addition to having the opportunity of experiencing being ‘Greek for the Day’, there is so much more for the visitor to see at the festival.
The festival is much more than the celebration of the Danforth’s Greek heritage — it is also a celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism.
A few highlights for this year include the Celebrity Stage with performances by Cuban Bands, Aboriginal singers, and over 40 Bollywood dancers, as well as the Mr. & Miss Asia Toronto Pageant Competition.
There will also be a ‘Let’s Dance’ program, presented by the City of Toronto, where participants can learn how to perform different indigenous dances from around the world, including Chinese, South Asian, Filipino, Egyptian, Greek, Japanese, Azerbaijani and Afro-Caribbean.
Dining establishments from along the Danforth will be offering ‘Tasting Menus’ for no more than $6 so everyone can enjoy a selection of tasty multi-ethnic delights.
In addition, there will be various family-friendly acts on the Celebrity Stage presented by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Greek Stage, and Showcase Stage which will be programmed this year by North by Northeast Music Festival.
These include: ‘Art on Sneakers’ powered by MARTK’D, the Kids’ Fun Zone featuring a great EverBlock/Lego experience, the Sports Zone featuring guest appearances from Toronto’s professional sports teams, the “It’s All Greek To Me” plate-breaking experience, and the Hollywood on the Danforth Zone presented by 20th Century Fox.