Posts Tagged ‘Festival’

The Annual Toronto Bachata Festival is here!


Toronto Bachata FestivalThis is going to be one bachata-filled weekend as the 3rd Annual Toronto Bachata Festival officially begins tonight. Bachata has been a passion of mine ever since I took up Latin dancing several years ago, and I’m glad to have a chance to attend this festival once again.

Organized by Go Dance Mambo‘s Stephanie Gurnon, this weekend will be filled with workshops, shows, dance competitions and parties in bachata, zouk and salsa dance. International instructors and performers will be in town, none that I’m more looking forward to seeing than Jorjet Alcocer and Troy Anthony. I’ve been watching Jorjet’s amazing footwork in Dominican-style bachata on YouTube, and she’s definitely something to watch! She and Troy will be instructing several workshops over the weekend. I can’t wait to learn some pachanga (there’s only so much you can pick up from repeating YouTube videos), and try to improve my bachata technique. I’m also kind of interested in finally learning some zouk this year as well.

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If you’re new to the Latin dancing scene, there will be some beginner workshops in both bachata and zouk taking place at the Estonian House (near Broadview station). Passes are available at the door.

Yours Truly will also be performing a bachata routine with Steps Dance Studio at the kick-off party tonight at Acrobat Lounge. Thank goodness Monday’s a holiday, because I’m going to definitely need some R&R after all the dancing I’m going to be doing this weekend!

Hot & Spicy Food Festival


Hot and Spicy Food Festival - image from harbourfrontcentre.comDo you like it hot? Spicy? If yes, then you’re in for a treat this weekend at Harbourfront Centre. This week the Centre will host the Hot & Spicy Food Festival as part of it’s World Routes series of free events.

You can watch Mexican Chef Sergio Remolina Sanchez cook up a spicy meal, purchase some bottled hot pepper sauce and spices at the “Red Hot Market” or watch a demo on Indian cooking. What I’m really looking forwad to though is the 4th Annual Hot and Spicy Iron Chef Competition finals! I love spicy food, so this is an event that I can’t miss. Be sure to check out the schedule of events.

I’m seriously going to have to bring some tupperware with me this weekend.

KRINOS Taste of the Danforth


Krinos Taste of the Danforth - image from, am I ever looking forward to this weekend! Food, food and more food! Starting tomorrow until Sunday, August 12th part of Danforth Ave. will be closed to traffic and open to pedestrians who will be able to access a wide array of food, music, culture, activities and entertainment for the 14th annual Krinos Taste of the Danforth festival. Alex Alexakis, the Vice Predient of Canadian Operations stated:

The seed for this festival was planted 14 years ago when local businesses were looking for a way to attract attention to the community – there were only a few tables of food and some local musicians. Now it’s the largest Greek festival outside of Greece, attracting over one million visitors from around the world.

That’s a lot of people. Everything Greek is sure to be here, and there’s plenty to do for the entire family. I have to make sure to hit the Danforth opening day of the festival and grab some lokoumades (sooooo yummy!) I may even attempt to climb the Mount Olympus Climbing Wall. If you haven’t been to Taste, make sure you reach this weekend. Don’t forget your toga (yes, they’re even having a Dress As An Ancient Greek Relay)!

Wow… That’s One Big Salad!


Being the food-lover that I am, I made sure I made an appearance at the Taste of Lawrence Festival this weekend. Just celebrating it’s 4th year, the festival featured fun and entertainment for the whole family: carnival rides, stage performances, artisans, activities, and most importantly, food from around the multicultural neighborhood .

The corner of Warden and Lawrence was filled with people of all ages, but probably the most spoken about exhibit was the assembly and distribution of the 200-foot long, 3-foot wide and 18-inch deep salad that was being served to everyone in attendance. Slated to feed about 15, 000 people and made from mostly locally-grown produce, the World’s Largest Multicultural Salad was divided into seven sections–each representing a different ethic group in Scarborough. I choose to try some of the Mediterranean salad which included some yummy, dried red peppers and croûtons. I couldn’t help but take some extra salad dressing samples home. ;)

The giant salad was a kick-off to the new Scarborough Taste:

Scarborough Taste was created to showcase some of Toronto’s most diverse and exciting places to eat, restaurants that reflect Scarborough’s international and multicultural heritage.
Over the next 21 days, Scarborough Taste brings you an opportunity to sample this diverse cuisine at discount prices. Try one or try them all. Travel the world without leaving Toronto. If you have a sense of adventure, you won’t be disappointed.

Visit for more information on participating restaurants.
World’s Largest Multicultural SaladA fire-eater entertains the crowd