Valencian Spanish paella with baby clam, mussel, calamari, shrimp, chicken and grilled chorizo

Last week I got a preview of the tastes ahead of Luminato Festival’s “Taste of the Beach” taking place tomorrow, Saturday June 7th, 2014. The annual festivities takes place once again at David Pecaut Square (the Luminato Festival Hub) aka “Cardboard Beach”, boasting to be one of Canada’s largest temporary fully licensed outdoor spaces. Admission is FREE and each culinary delight is only $5 each.

Cardboard Beach

Luminato Festival presents TASTE OF THE BEACH Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12PM to 5PM David Pecaut Square Free to attend Each culinary dish is priced at $5 Presented by President’s Choice® Black Label Collection. Festival Hub hours: Friday, June 6 – Saturday, June 14, 12PM to 12AM Sunday, June 15, 12PM to 10PM Here’s some of the delectable dishes to savour at Taste of the Beach

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Hand-made herb and garlic-infused lamb burger enhanced with a tart and savoury Spiced Tomato Condiment and a luxuriously smooth Classic Aioli from the President’s Choice® black label Collection

Valencian Spanish paella with baby clam, mussel, calamari, shrimp, chicken and grilled chorizo

Valencian Spanish paella with baby clam, mussel, calamari, shrimp, chicken and grilled chorizo by Luis Valenzuela (Carmen Cocina Española)

Cinnamon sugar grilled pineapple slice topped with housemade coconut gelato and a pink pepper sauce by Felipe Faccioli, Patrick Fraser and Tulio Lessa (MATA)

Cinnamon sugar grilled pineapple slice topped with housemade coconut gelato and a pink pepper sauce by Felipe Faccioli, Patrick Fraser and Tulio Lessa
(MATA)

Jorn Weisbrodt, Luminato Artistic Director | (File Photo: Nick Lee)

Jorn Weisbrodt, Luminato Artistic Director | (File Photo: Nick Lee)

“It has been a lot of fun working with the artists that we paired with some local chefs to come up with their perfect beach food. It is amazing to discover that other side in artists and see how passionately they talk about food. It is one of our real endeavours when we work with artists that we show our audience their many facets and create many different connections within the program that we do,” says Jorn Weisbrodt, Artistic Director of Luminato Festival. “I am so excited that we are able to give our Food program this year a different spin and make it super fun, summery, beachy and entertaining and hopefully enriching and definitely satisfyingly filling.”

So that’s just some of the samples of food available at Taste of the Beach at the Luminato Festival Hub. For a complete list and more info about the Luminato Festival visit http://www.luminatofestival.com

ABOUT THE LUMINATO FESTIVAL Luminato Festival is Toronto’s international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For 10 days each June, Luminato Festival transforms Toronto’s theatres, parks and public spaces with hundreds of events celebrating theatre, dance, music, literature, food, visual arts, magic, film, and more. Luminato Festival is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose vision is to commission and present significant local, national, and international programming that reflects Toronto as a crossroads of ideas, cultures and traditions. Now in its 8th year, Luminato Festival has become one of North America’s leading arts festivals. The Luminato Festival runs June 6-15, 2014. luminatofestival.com Photos by Nick Lee

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