150 great eats from Taste of the Danforth

Toronto's annual Taste of the Danforth is happening from Aug 10th to Aug 12th this year. Join us as we celebrate our 25th anniversary of great food from local vendors along with lots of free entertainment and fun. There’s something for everyone!

Check out this photo gallery of our favourite food from Taste of the Danforth 2017.

Events

  • It’s All Greek to Me!

     

     

    It’s All Greek to Me!


    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.

     

     

  • Sports Zone

    Sports Zone


    Are you up to the challenges from the Leafs, Raptors, Argos, Toronto FC and Toronto Rock. 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


    Bad Time at the El Royale
    Bad Times at the El Royale is all about unveiling deep, dark secrets. Participants can come ‘check-in’ at the El Royale, by choosing a key for a room in either California or Nevada. Solve the puzzle and stand a chance to win movie tickets!

    Coming to theaters on October 5th, 2018, starring Chris Hemsworth, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm, Cailee Spaeny, and Lewis Pullman.

    https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/bad-times-at-the-el-royale

    Alita: Battle Angel
    Experience Battleverse’s immersive augmented reality gaming technology. Participants can choose characters from the movie and battle it out with friends using virtual lasers.

    Alita is coming to theatres December 21st, 2018, and is produced by Oscar-winning Director James Cameron. Starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, and Jackie Earle Haley.

    https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/alita-battle-angel

    Widows
    Widows is the story of four widows, who take up the challenge of completing the bank robbery where their husbands were killed. Enter our Widows vault and crack open our safe for a chance to win tickets to see this much anticipated film.

    Coming to theatres November 16th, 2018, starring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, among many other big names.

    https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/widows

    Bohemian Rhapsody
    Join us at the Celebrity Stage presented by OLG where one of the most renowned Queen tribute bands, Sheer Heart Attack, will be rocking the mic and performing some of Queen’s legendary songs. In addition, we will be holding a Social Media Picture Contest where participants will be provided with Freddie Mercury iconic sunglasses and moustache to dress up like Freddie. Share your picture on social media for a chance to win tickets to Bohemian Rhapsody.

    The highly anticipated movie will be releasing in theatres on October 24th, 2018, starring Rami Malek, Lucy Boynton, Gwilym Lee, Ben Hardy, Joseph Mazzello, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hollander, and many more.

    https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/bohemian-rhapsody

    Predator
    Everyone’s favorite science fiction thriller is back with a 2018 twist! Want to become the Predator? The hunt is back on! Gear up to battle the Universe’s most lethal Predators. Defend the human race by battling the Predators with Nerf guns brought to you by Battle Sports.

    Then join us at our Predator photo opportunity. Take a photo with our professional photographer and have your face transposed into a Predator image.

    Predator releases in theatres September 14th, 2018, starring Boyd Holbrook, Trevante Rhodes, Jacob Tremblay, Keegan-Michael Key, and Olivia Munn.

    https://www.foxmovies.com/movies/the-predator

  • Kids’ Fun Zone

    Fun for the Little Ones


    EverBlocks for Kids
    The kids love it, and we’ve got it! Back for their 3rd year, Creative Club presents their EverBlocks Clubhouse where Kids can build & design with over 18,000 LEGO Bricks!  Have a seat on the EverBlocks Couch or take a picture with our giant TOTD25 EverBlocks installation.  Share your photo on social media for a chance to win dinner on the Danforth.  Bricks…Blocks…FUN!

     

  • Celebrating Canada’s Multicultural Mosaic

    Celebrating Canada’s Multicultural Mosaic


    Let’s Dance
    Take a trip around the world right on the Danforth. Our friendly instructors will teach you a traditional dance from their home country. Take a quick 15-minute dance lesson from our Greek, Chinese, South Asian, Filipino, Egyptian, Greek, Japanese, Azerbaijani, and Afro-Caribbean dance groups.

  • “Art on Sneakers” Powered by MARTK’D

    Art on Sneakers Powered by MARTK’D


    Taste of the Danforth 2018, will be featuring an Art on Sneakers competition where local artists will be creating exquisite designs in 20 minutes on white canvas sneakers in live time. The art will be based on four themes:

    1. TOTD25-Celebrating Taste of Danforth 25th Anniversary
    2. 20th Century Fox blockbuster film Predator opening September 14, 2018
    3. 20th Century Fox blockbuster film Alita: Battle Angel opening December 21, 2018
    4. 20th Century Fox blockbuster film Bohemian Rhapsody opening November 2, 2018

    The competition will take place on Friday, August 10th at 7 pm, on Saturday, August 11th at 6 PM, on Sunday, August 12th at 6 PM.

    The competing artists’ sneakers will be on display throughout the weekend. Attendees who post the sneakers across social media will be entered into a contest to win VIP tickets to their film of choice.

    During non-competitive times, attendees will have the opportunity to create 3D paper sneakers as part of the DIY experience. An artist from the MARTK’D team will be demonstrating how to apply art on sneakers and assist attendees in creating their own designs.

    MARTK’D (www.martkd.com) is a community movement that creates, develops and hosts a wide range of events, programs, and initiatives celebrating art on sneakers as a way to connect with communities and cultures.

    For further information, please contact Glen@ideea.ca


Performances

Friday, August 10
6PM - 11PM

Saturday, August 11
12PM - 11PM

Sunday, August 12
12PM - 10PM

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 10th through to 4:00 AM on Monday 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 favorite Festival is back! Come join us as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming approximately 1.6 million attendees, on Friday, August 10th to Sunday, August 12th.

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. A few highlights for this year include our Celebrity Stage with performances by Cuban Bands, Aboriginal singers, over 40 Bollywood dancers, as well as the Mr. & Miss Asia Toronto Pageant Competition. We also offer a "Lets Dance” program where participants can learn how to dance different cultural dances from around the world, including Chinese, South Asian, Filipino, Egyptian, Greek, Japanese, Azerbaijani and Afro-Caribbean dance.

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

Yes, there is Food, Food, and more Food – but Taste of the Danforth is so much more! There will be loads of free, family-friendly entertainment on our Celebrity Stage presented by OLG, Greek Stage, and Showcase Stage programmed this year by NXNE. Don’t miss ‘Art on Sneakers’ powered by MARTK’D, check out the Kids’ Fun Zone featuring a great EverBlock/Lego experience, the Sports Zone featuring activations and guest appearances from our Toronto professional sports teams, the “It’s All Greek To Me” plate breaking experience, and the Hollywood on the Danforth Zone presented by 20th Century Fox.


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Sponsors

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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 30th, 2018, 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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