150 great eats from Taste of the Danforth 2017

Toronto's 24th annual Taste of the Danforth was From Aug 11th to Aug 13th. A hungry crowd made its way east of the DVP to Greektown to fill up on food from local vendors. While only a smattering of the participating restaurants dished out Greek-style eats, there was still plenty to munch on at this massive street festival.

Check out this photo gallery of our favourite food from Taste of the Danforth 2016.

Events

  • It’s All Greek to Me!

     

     

    It’s All Greek to Me!


    This is your opportunity to be Greek for a day!

    Breaking Plates -OPA!
    Breaking plates after a meal is an ancient Greek tradition (banned in Greece since 1969). Let out some tension and experience the pleasure of smashing plates in partnership with the BattleSports’ Rage Room.

    Ares’ Dart Challenge
    Ares is the Son of Zeus, and the Greek God of War. Join us in a dart of war Nerf battle in partnership with Battle Sports Inc.

     

  • Sports Zone

    Sports Zone


    Are you up to the challenges from the Leafs, Argos, Raptors, Raptors 905, and Toronto FC! Don’t be surprised if you bump into one of your heroes at the Festival!

  • Hollywood on the Danforth Presented by 20th Century Fox

    Feature Films


    Murder on the Orient Express
    Someone’s been murdered on the Orient Express. The passengers are not who they appear to be. Come solve the “Murder on the Orient Express” Murder Mystery Challenge and you can win tickets to see the film. Coming to theatres November 10th, 2017, with a star studded cast featuring Johnny Depp, Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.
    Watch the trailer:
    http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/murder-on-the-orient-express

    Kingsman: The Golden Circle
    Presented by X Limit Entertainment
    With their base destroyed and the world held hostage, witness the Kingsman join forces with their American counterparts, to battle the most notorious villains yet! See our professional stunt team in action on the Celebrity Stage. Kingsman Vs. Statesman – join them  after the show for a photo op.
    Coming September 22nd, 2017
    Watch the trailer:
    http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/kingsman-the-secret-service

     

  • Toronto Star Kids’ Fun Zone

    Fun for the Little Ones


    Ferdinand
    Ferdinand is a story of a giant bull with a big heart. Kids can come experience life in Ferdinand’s hooves as you become a bull in a china shop. Kids who successfully complete the obstacle course on the motorized bull will get a chance to win tickets to the movie coming to theatres December 15, 2017
    View the trailer: http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/ferdinand

    EverBlocks
    Come join Creative Club in their EverBlocks Club-House with its very own interactive LEGO station for youth and adults of all sizes and ages, or come check out what can be built of EverBlocks, such as a huge visual wall of Ferdinand or the Canada 150 selfie station, come take a photo with or of your family. Check out the interactive and visual activations brought to you be the Creative Club team on its second year at Taste of the Danforth.

  • Celebrating Canada & Ontario’s 150th

    CELEBRATING CANADA AND ONTARIO’S 150TH


    1. Canadian Heroes
      Visitors will be transported to a virtual reality setting featuring Canadian Heroes and take an interactive 360-degree photo that they can view in VR and share on Facebook.
    2. Unsung Heroes
      Come meet our unsung heroes – small charities that are making big differences, presented in conjunction with Imagine Canada.
    1. JVS Toronto
    2. Multicultural Association of Wood Buffalo
    3. CultureLink
    4. Sarnia-Lambton Rebound
    5. Lions Foundation of Canada/Dog Guides Canada
    6. Daily Bread Food Bank
    7. Threads of Life
    8. Lonny’s Smile
    9. My Class Needs
    10. Unity Charity
    11. Eva’s Place
    12. Heroes of the Future
      Come meet our superstar millennials that are changing the world today with the technology of tomorrow.

      From York University

      Everything you’d like to know about drones.

      From University of Ontario Institute of Technology

      Meet the university’s Smart Transportation Electrification and Energy Research (STEER) group. Under the authority of the Canada Research Chairs Program (a federal government funding initiative), the STEER group conducts groundbreaking research specializing in electric energy storage systems for transportation electrification. The STEER group focuses on how to make Canada’s e-transportation and e-mobility industry more affordable, reliable and sustainable by shifting from fossil fuels to electric energy and renewable energy sources. The team will display prototypes of wireless fast-charging infrastructures, battery management systems, and motor propulsion units for e-bikes, e-buses and Formula Electric race-cars.

    13. “Learn A Little”
      Take a trip around the world right on the Danforth. Our friendly instructors will teach you a couple of words in language as well as traditional dance from their home. Take a quick 15-minute dance lesson from our Bollywood, Latin American and seven different groups.

Performances

Friday, August 11
6PM - 11PM

Saturday, August 12
12PM - 11PM

Sunday, August 13
12PM - 11PM

Directions

  • TTC Directions

    TTC Directions

    The Taste of the Danforth takes place along Danforth Avenue, conveniently located on the TTC’s Bloor-Danforth Subway line.

    The event can be accessed through any of the four following Subway Stations: Broadview, Chester, Pape and Donlands.

    Toronto’s subway system is safe, reliable and convenient and operates Monday-Saturday from approximately 6am-1:30am, and Sundays from 8 am.

    To obtain a map of the TTC subway line click here. For schedule and fare information call 416-393-4636 or visit the Toronto Transit Commission’s website.

     

     

  • Car Directions

    Car Directions

    From 10am on Friday, August 11th through to midnight on Sunday August 13th, Danforth Avenue (from Broadview to Jones Avenues) is closed to all vehicular traffic, which makes for a great street party, but a serious parking challenge. Parking for the Festival is available in the Green P Parking lots on the north side of Danforth between Broadview and Jones. Parking, however is very limited. Cars parked illegally on side streets will be ticketed and perhaps towed. We strongly recommend using public transit to access the Festival.

  • Go Transit Directions

    Go Transit Directions

    GO operates commuter trains and buses that link suburban and outlying communities to downtown Toronto, as well as other routes. Union Station is the central hub of the GO system and from here you can hop on the TTC to reach the Taste of the Danforth easily by subway. For fares and information call 416-869-3200 or 1-888-GET-ON-GO. For more information on GO Transit, visit their website.

  • Via Rail Directions


    Toronto is served by the VIA Rail System, the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada (with connections to the Amtrak system through Niagara Falls, New York). All trains arrive at historic Union Station, located at 65 Front Street West, between Bay and York Streets in the heart of downtown Toronto. The station is right on Toronto’s subway line, from which the festival is easily accessed. For more information on VIA Rail click here.

  • Google Maps


About the Festival

About The Festival


Canada’s favourite Festival is back! Come join us as we celebrate the 24th anniversary of Canada’s largest street Festival (approximately 1.65 million attendees) as well as Canada & Ontario’s 150th birthday on Friday August 11th, Saturday August 12th, and Sunday August 13th.

The GTA lays claim to more than 200,000 residents of Greek ancestry, the third largest Hellenic community outside of Greece. At the Festival, visitors have the opportunity to experience being ‘Greek for the Day’. But the Festival is much more than the celebration of the Danforth's Greek heritage -- it is also a celebration of Canada’s multiculturalism. Our Celebrity stage includes performances by Bollywood dancers, Latin American band, not to mentioned the chance to see the contestants from the Mr. & Mrs. Asia pageant compete. You can join our “Learn a Little” program and learn how to dance from seven different ethnic groups as part of our Celebrating Canada and Ontario 150th activations!

Restaurateurs from along the Danforth will be offering “Tasting Menus” for no more than $6 so that attendees can enjoy a multitude of tasty treats.

Yes, there is food, food, and more food – but Taste of the Danforth is so much more! There is loads of free entertainment on our Celebrity Stage, Greek Stage, and Showcase Stage, programmed this year by NXNE. Don’t miss the Toronto Star Kids’ Fun Zone, the Sports Zone, the Canada 150 experience, the “It’s All Greek To Me” Zone and Hollywood on the Danforth Zone presented by 20th Century Fox.

To top it off, the Festival is all about the spirit of giving back - Constantine Voidonicolas, Chair of the Greektown Danforth BIA, confirmed that once again all proceeds from the Festival go to supporting a number of charities.
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Contest

WIN A TRIP TO PORTUGAL!

WIN A TRIP TO PORTUGAL!

Win a trip for 2 to Lisbon (Portugal), courtesy of Martour International and TAP Air Portugal. Enjoy a 4-night complimentary stay valued at approximately $4,000+!

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WIN A TRIP TO PORTUGAL!

WIN A TRIP TO PORTUGAL!

To enter please visit http://tastesurvey.com/

Win a trip to LISBON,PORTUGAL, courtesy of Martour International,TAP Air Portugal and Portugal Tourism Office. enjoy a 4-night complimentary stay at a 4* City Centre Hotel valued at approximately $4,000+!

Included in the trip

  • 2 Return Tickets from Toronto to Lisbon.
  • 4 Nights Hotel accommodation with Transfers.

Not Included in the trip

  • Passenger will be responsible for taxes & airport fees.

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WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO!

WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO!

Win two tickets to Mexico (Cancun or Puerto Vallarta) with CP24, courtesy of Martour International and Aeromexico valued at over $3,000!

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WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO!

WIN A TRIP TO MEXICO!

Win a trip to  Mexico(Cancun Or Puerto Vallarta), courtesy of Martour International and Aeromexico enjoy a 4-night  complimentary stay at a 4 Star Resort valued at approximately $3,000+!

Included in the trip

  • 2 Return Tickets from Toronto to Cancun or Puerto Vallarta.
  • Blackout restrictions apply as follows JUL 01 to SEP 15 2017/DEC 01 to JAN 15 2018/MARCH BREAK 2018 HOLLY WEEK 2018. JUL 01 to SEP 15 2018.
  • 3 Nights Hotel accommodation with Transfers.

Not Included in the trip

  • Airport fees and Taxes
  • Airport fees and Taxes in the case of Mexico are approx 175CAD – to be paid the passenger

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Win a “Sailing Greece Yacht Tour for 2” From G – Adventures

Win a “Sailing Greece Yacht Tour for 2” From G – Adventures

Win a “Sailing Greece Yacht Tour for 2” with Toronto Star From G – Adventures valued at $5360

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Win a “Sailing Greece Yacht Tour for 2” From G – Adventures

Win a “Sailing Greece Yacht Tour for 2” From G – Adventures

To enter please visit Wonderlist.ca

Seemingly scattered among the waves by the ancient gods themselves, the Greek Isles were made to sail. Immerse yourself in whitewashed villages and azure waters, bath in sunrays on deserted bays, and get intimate with rich Greece history as you hike, snorkel, and explore the islands of Mykonos, Kythnos, Kea, Hydra, and Syros.

Our 15m (52 ft) exclusive yacht is the perfect way to see some of the most beautiful islands in the world. This eight-day adventure takes you from the famous island of Mykonos to the Greek capital, Athens. Relax in the sun or try your hand at sailing as your experienced skipper guides you through deserted bays and famous archaeological sites. You will have plenty of time for hiking, snorkelling, exploring, and relaxing before digging into some local seafood.

Included in the trip

  • Approximate Value $5358
  • 7 nights aboard a 52ft sailing yacht
  • Fully licensed skipper & snorkelling equipment -Airfare by Air Canada Vacations

Not Included in the trip

  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Visa

Highlights

  • Explore the Aegean Sea
  • Enjoy Mykonos nightlife
  • Marvel at the beauty of the Cyclades Islands -Discover the historic ruins of Athens
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Win a “Trip to Jamaica for 2” From Jamaica Travel Board & Air Canada Vacation

Win a “Trip to Jamaica for 2” From Jamaica Travel Board & Air Canada Vacation

Win a “Trip to Jamaica for 2” with Metroland From Jamaica Travel Board  & Air Canada Vacation valued at $4650

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Win a “Trip to Jamaica for 2” From Jamaica Travel Board & Air Canada Vacation

Your chance to win a trip to Jamaica for 2!

To enter please visit https://www.insidetoronto.com/whatson-story/7472154-taste-of-the-danforth-jamaica-vacation-contest/

Experience the perfect blend of a private colonial villa and the Caribbean sea breeze at the Melia Braco Village, located 45 minutes from Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Beachside parties and weddings, Caribbean cocktails and local cuisine, such as the famous Jerk Chicken, are just some of the things you can enjoy when you stay with us.

Included in the trip

  • Approximate Value $4648
  • 7 nights & 7 days
  • Air fare by Air Canada

Not Included in the trip

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Highlights

  • All-inclusive resort
  • Private beaches
  • Five a la carte restaurants and international buffet
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Win a “Walking the Greek Iles Tour For 2” From Exodus Travel

Win a “Walking the Greek Iles Tour For 2” From Exodus Travel

Win a “Walking the Greek Iles Tour For 2” with CFRB From Exodus Travel valued at $5690

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Your chance to win a “Walking the Greek Iles Tour For 2”

To enter, please visit NEWSTALK1010.com

Walks on Santorini, Paros and Naxos

The Greek islands have much more to offer than most would think:

archaeological treasures, history, culture, dramatic landscapes overlooking an azure coloured sea and, of course, delicious food. Our week starts on the beautiful island of Naxos, before heading to Santorini and Paros. Exploring the irresistible island of Santorini on foot will certainly be the highlight of our week. Hopping from one wonderful island to the other, we enjoy a relaxed week of gentle walks through picturesque villages, lush valleys and sandy beaches.

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Included in the trip

  • Approximate Value $5690
  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

Not Included in the trip

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request) -Visas or vaccinations

Highlights

  • Discover the three islands of Paros, Santorini and Naxos -Gentle walks amid idyllic scenery and remote villages -Enjoy delicious local Greek cuisine
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Sponsors

The Festival would not be possible without the support of our amazing sponsors!

Get Involved

Become a Volunteer

Help make this year’s festival even more successful than the last - this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better!

If you are interested, please click here to view the informational poster.
Please click here for the volunteer form if interested and fill it out by Monday, July 24th, 2017, and we’ll get right back to you!

 

Become a Performer

Showcase your talents in front of 1.65 million people at the Taste of Danforth: Torontonians favourite summer event!

 

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