Taste of Toronto is happening this year from June 23 – 26, 2016 at the Garrison Common at Fork York. This year, they have come up with an exciting lineup for the summer’s hottest restaurant festival.
The festival program has something for everyone with live entertainment, a lively marketplace, and hands-on cooking demonstrations with the city’s best chefs.
7 of the newly participating restaurants are new openings in Toronto and are some of Toronto’s most coveted restaurants:
1. Alo – the most sought after reservation in Toronto, if not Canada — is actually closing on the Thursday night of Taste so they may participate at the event!
2. Piano Piano
Visitors can participate in hands-on cooking lessons at Metro Master Class, watch live cooking demonstrations in the Taste Theatre, sample and learn about various wines in the Tasting Room, enjoy intimate conversations at the Toronto Life Chef’s Table, sip the newest Grand Cru at the Nespresso Boutique Bar and shop at the Taste Marketplace filled with over 80 artisan and premium producers and brands. American Express Cardmembers can take advantage of the American Express Lounge, offering complimentary water, snacks and a private bar.
Celebrity chef Chuck Hughes kicks off opening night, leading a live demonstration of gastronomic delights at the Taste Theatre, in partnership with Metro and All-Clad. More top chefs to take centre stage throughout the week include Mark McEwan (McEwan Group), Victor Barry (Piano Piano), Kazuya Matsuoka (Miku Toronto) and more, each revealing their own industry tricks.
Culinary talents will demo fan-favourite recipes in the Metro Master Class, sharing pro hints, tips and techniques using innovative cooking methods and the latest induction technology. Friday afternoon, Rob Bragagnolo of Carver leads the class, teaching participants to make his Chorizo & Ginger Steamed Blue Mussels with cava and lemongrass; while Trevor Lui of Kanpai dishes “Wontons Made Easy” on Saturday night.
Visitors will also have the chance to put burning questions to culinary masters such as Craig Wong (Patois), David Lee (Nota Bene), Michael Hunter (Antler Kitchen & Bar) and Anthony Rose (Fat Pasha), as they offer their views on the world of food at the Toronto Life Chef’s Table. Hear stories of their own personal food journey, and discuss current topics such as sustainability, farm to table and the science of cooking. Charlie’s Burgers, Kolonaki Group, wine experts, makers and a panel of sommeliers at the Tasting Room lead programs on matching beverages with food, plus tips on cellaring and tutored tasting.
Guests can put together their own drink pairings from the selection of wine, cider and brewery exhibitors in the Taste Marketplace. Meet the local artisans and shop from over 80 vendors, 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.
At the Maille Flavour Studio, foodies will experience the world of Maille by making their own gourmet flavoured mustard. Additionally, England’s mustard sommelier, Harry Lalousis will host free workshops each hour, sharing tips and tricks to jazz-up every day dishes and turn them into haute casual meals with mustard.
Taste of Toronto is still the only North American outpost of the Taste Festivals internationally.
Preview a bit of Taste: https://youtu.be/RbEeyX_MyOI
Chef Photo Credit: Sarjoun Faour Courtesy of Taste of Toronto