Expand the Family’s Taste Buds at the Taste of Toronto Festival

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We’ve talked about the importance of expanding your child’s love of food by dining out, visiting different restaurants, and trying something new. Toronto families can now try all sorts of new dishes in one location at the Taste of Toronto food festival.


Taste of Toronto makes its North American debut from July 24 to 27 at Fort York. Big and little foodies alike will be able to choose from 50 signature small plates from 17 of Toronto’s top chefs. Try Bymark’s Lobster Poutine from The McEwan Group, Smoked Duck Tacos from Barque Smokehouse, or maybe a Summer Ramen noodle dish from momofuku noodle bar. You can see the whole array of food options available during the tasting weekend but make sure your not hungry when you review the list.



Along with savouring new foods, you can try your hand a making a few dishes too as part of the Fort York Historical Cooking Workshops. Join the cooks in the 1826 Officers’ Mess Kitchen to prepare recipes from the late 18th and early 19th century from Fort York staff dressed in traditional dress. Workshops are for the kids too as children from six to 16 years old are invited to make ice cream on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m.  – 2 p.m. The workshops are free but space is limited to be sure to sign up onsite.


Nothing inspires me more to cook than eating really good food. In the Producers Market you’ll find nearly 70 artisian producers and premium brands with products for sale and available to take home to your own kitchen.Discover items from the Olive Oil Emporium, Momofuko Milk Bar, the ShaSha Co and more. See who else you will in the Producers Market.

While eating, drinking, and shopping you can enjoy live entertainment from the Music Stage. You’ll hear The Treasures, Emilie Mover, Jane’s Party, Shadrack Jackman, Bellows, Grounders, Dirty Frigs, Tim Moxam, Rival Boys, as well DJ sets by Brendan Canning, The Darcys and Eon The Soul Proprietor. Performances curated by local record label Arts & Crafts.

When visiting the Topnotch Resort and Spa last year my son discovered oysters for the first time and fell in love. The Taste of Toronto food festival is a great way to expose you and your kids to new foods and try some of your favourite restaurants without a reservation. Toss in a workshop and wine tasting plus a little shopping and music and you have a full day of foodie family fun.

Photo credit: Sarjoun Faour

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