Toronto is a wonderful city to live in. Beginning in May and clear through to fall there’s something to do almost every weekend. There’s the Toronto Street Festival, The Gay Pride Parade, Food Festivals, Caribana, the Just for Laughs festival and my favorite event of all – The Taste of the Danforth.
We moved into this part of Toronto, Greek Town, The Danforth, in June of 2001 and almost every year since we moved here we’ve been going to The Taste of the Danforth.
Unfortunately we’ve missed the last two years because Chris’ brother always picks this time of year to come for a visit from Chicago. This year he’s visiting again, but I’m determined that he’s not going to stop us from going to the Taste of the Danforth this year.
It’s a shame not to go. We only live about 10 minutes away from the festivities. It’s so easy to walk back and forth to the festival that it’s almost a crime not to go.
The Taste of the Danforth is of course on Danforth Avenue in Toronto. Several blocks of the Danforth are closed off and all of the restaurants and stores set up tables and serving areas outdoors. It’s a time to experience the culture of the area and taste the many foods of the various ethnic groups that live in this part of the Beaches and The Danforth village.
The area is mainly Greek so there’s naturally going to be a lot of Greek foods, but there will also be foods from India, Spain, China, Thailand, Muslim foods, Irish and even vegetarian foods.
The Taste of the Danforth is always held on the second weekend of August and it runs from that Friday evening at 6 pm until Sunday at 6 pm. In that time period there should be well over a million people wander the Danforth, tasting foods, stopping in beer and wine tents, putting their kids on children’s rides, and listening to live bands. This year along with a number of musicians and bands there will be performances by Second City and some of the performers from “We Will Rock You” the Queen and Freddy Mecury related theater production that’s running in the Canon Theater in downtown Toronto.
As I said I’m not going to let my brother in law stop me from going this year. He can sit in our garden if he doesn’t want to go. I’m going. The only thing that will stop me is my own health and I’m determined to go no matter what so I’ll have to be awfully sick if I don’t attend this year.
If you live in the Toronto area come on down! It’s worth the trip.