Taste of Toronto is back again this year, taking place on the historic grounds of Fort York with cooking classes, demonstrations, tastings, live entertainment and more! In its second year, the only North American outpost of the international Taste Festivals is once again offering visitors unique experiences to interact with the country’s top culinary talent, including Iron Chef and Michelin-starred Masaharu Morimoto; California cuisine innovator Jonathan Waxman of Montecito; Egg Farmers of Canada Chef Ambassador, and celebrity chef and owner of Ruby Watchco, Lynn Crawford; and MasterChef Canada stars Michael Bonacini, Alvin Leung and Eric Chong.
General tickets start from $19, granting access to one of six lunch or dinner sessions from Thursday, July 2nd – Sunday, July 5th. Each session offers the opportunity for festival-goers to sample dishes from over 16 restaurants and participate in fresh and exciting programming.
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Metro Master Class
The Metro Master Class offers visitors the unique opportunity to learn pro skills and pick up personal tips from their favourite chefs in hands-on cooking sessions. Each Taste of Toronto session includes three to four unique, 30-minute cooking classes.
The Tasting Room
Join top winemakers and Franco Stalteri of Charlie’s Burgers as they lead tastings of New World Varietals and Wines of Garnacha, share tips on food and beverage pairings, cellaring how-to and much more. Following last year’s success, Richmond Station is back with fan favourites like fresh oysters and Northern Divine caviar to pair perfectly with the summer’s best wines. Sessions in The Tasting Room are 5 crowns (festival currency, 1 crown = 1 dollar) each and spaces are filled on a first come, first served basis.
Cadillac Taste Theatre
See some of the world’s best chefs in the Cadillac Taste Theatre as they share secrets to creating their most well-known dishes. To kick things off on opening night, culinary master Masaharu Morimoto capture the audience as he breaks down a full tuna, live on stage. On Friday afternoon, sustainable seafood advocate Rick Moonen teaches spectators how to compose grilled True North salmon with refreshing cucumber gazpacho and marinated heirloom tomatoes. Throughout the weekend, the city’s most revered chefs, like Alvin Leung of R&D and Bo Innovation, Michael Bonacini of Oliver & Bonacini, Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and THR & Co., Elia Herrera of Los Colibris and El Caballito, Rob Bragagnolo of Marben and Adrian Niman of Rasa, among many others, also take the stage to reveal tricks that are sure to inspire. The Cadillac Taste Theatre is free, but seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.
Taste x WayHome Stage
Taste of Toronto is partnering with the city’s hottest music festival of the summer, WayHome Music and Arts, to provide the perfect soundtrack for the weekend. The all-Canadian line-up includes indie darling Lowell, multi-talented singer-songwriter Melissa Payne, Juno-award winner Tomi Swick and Toronto art-pop adventurers For Esmé, all slated to appear at this year’s inaugural WayHome Music and Arts Festival happening just outside of Barrie July 24-26, 2015.
Taste of History
History buffs have the opportunity to peek into the past and explore the 1815 Officers’ Mess Establishment on the Fort York grounds. The Mess dining room exhibit showcases the table settings, furnishings, dining customs and mess lifestyle of British Officers stationed at Fort York during the year 1815. The oldest kitchen existing in Toronto, original from 1815, is located in the basement, along with a wine cellar and money vaults, while the kitchen on the main floor dates back to 1826. Expect to see a complete reenactment of kitchens from that time period, with cooks in historic costumes making original recipes that reflect Officers’ food of the early 19th century. Guests can enjoy free samples made from the recipes in cookbooks of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Visitors can sip, sample and shop from over 60 recognizable producers and premium brands, alongside up-and-coming names, of olive oils, jams, cheeses, beer, wine, kitchen tools and more, in the vendor marketplace at Taste of Toronto. This year’s vendors include local favourites like Blackbird Baking Co., Lee’s Ghee, Olive Oil Emporium, Mad Mexican and Ninutik Maple. Six vendors from the recently opened market space OK Friday Barn Fair, a collaboration between Burl’s Creek Event Grounds and the Karma Project, are also rotating throughout the weekend, adding yet another vibrant and local element to the festival.
Here’s a short-list of our Top 5 picks from the Taste of Toronto 2015 line-up:
Stuart Cameron, Byblos, Patria and Weslodge
Ted Corrado and Matt DeMille, The Drake Hotel, The Drake Devonshire and Drake One Fifty
Victor Barry, Splendido
Mark McEwan, McEwan Group
Rick Moonen, True North Salmon
For more info, please visit: tasteoftoronto.com
Previously: Taste of Toronto Experience (2014)
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