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

Starting today it’s a busy weekend of fun, food and drinks with these festivals to help you celebrate summer in Toronto at it’s finest.

Taste of Danforth
A “Taste” of What to Expect at Taste of Danforth
1. Celebrity Stage: featuring everything from The Next Star’s Rebel Coast to the finalists of the Miss Asia Toronto pageant, from the cast of Spamalot to an Expendables 3 stunt show.
2. Danforth Showcase Stage: featuring an eclectic mix of Canadian and international talent
3. Astro Original Greek Yogurt Stage: featuring the world’s best Greek singers, dancers, and musicians
4. Sports Zone: featuring activations and challenges from Toronto’s professional sports teams
5. Toronto Star Kids’ Fun Zone: featuring activities, costumes, and photo opportunities for the upcoming Hollywood blockbusters Paddington and The Boxtrolls
6. Hollywood on the Danforth: featuring contests and experiences for the upcoming Hollywood blockbusters: Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, The Expendables 3, and Dr. Cabbie
7. Guinness World Records: Largest Tug of War – Most People to Perform a Long Jump – Chance to Meet Olympic Stars – Win a Trip to Olympia, Greece
8. Alexander Keith’s Beer Garden
9. Win the Trip of Your Dreams to Greece and Saint Lucia!

Taste of the Danforth hours:
Friday, August 8 – 6pm to 12 midnight
Saturday, August 9 – 12 noon to 12 midnight
Sunday, August 10 – 12 noon to 8pm

Check out the video teaser of Taste of the Danforth 2014

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Pan American Food Festival
WHEN: August 8, 9, and 10th
WHERE: Daniels Spectrum
The second annual Pan American Food Festival – the only festival in the world that celebrates the best food and culture of the Western Hemisphere – returns to Toronto. This year’s festival features a roster of impressive chefs, fun food competitions and entertainment for the whole family.

Feature Chef: Norman Van Aken, the founder of New World Cuisine and the father of Fusion
Top Chef Canada finalist Rich Francis serving the best in Canadian cuisine
Chef Selwyn Richards demonstrating the finest Jamaican Jerk Chicken
Chef Steven Gonzalez of Valdez Restaurant preparing a Colombian favourite
Urban Acorn serving Haitian Vegan Accra Fritters
And many more!

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Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival
WHEN: August 8, 9, and 10th
WHERE: Steamwhistle
Bigger and better than last year, the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival brings together local indie bands, top food trucks and 20 different craft brewers from across Ontario. You can check out a preview of the vendors and drinks at

Participating Ontario Craft Breweries include:

Steam Whistle Brewing, Big Rig Brewery, King Brewery, Mill St. Brewery, Niagara College Teaching Brewery, Neustadt, Springs Brewery, Grand River Brewing, Oast House Brewers, Highlander Brew Co., Black Oak Brewing, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Left Field Brewery, Wellington Brewery, Beau’s All Natural Brewing, Amsterdam Brewery, Railway City Brewing, Side Launch Brewing, Cameron’s Brewing

Food Truck vendors over the weekend (each day will vary):
Dobro Jesti, Gorilla Cheese, Pizza Settecento, Fidel Gastro, Mr. Corn, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Boreal Gelato, and more.

The Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival will benefit the Toronto Rail Heritage Museum in the adjacent Roundhouse Park, just outside the doors of host, Steam Whistle Brewing – 255 Bremner Blvd. Toronto. Phone (416) 362-2337 ext 246.

Absolut Vodka Makerfest
On August 9th at Toronto’s 99 Sudbury, join Absolut Vodka for their biggest party of the summer.

Come for the intersection of art + technology, stay for the complimentary cocktails and music from Q-Tip and Theophilus London.

For general admission, email

No cover. Doors open at 9 pm. An RSVP on Facebook or email does not guarantee admission. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. #Makerfest

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More events
TO Food Festival
Toronto Underground Market (TUM) 1st themed TUM Brunch on Sunday August 10th from 11am-4pm
Toronto Summer Music Festival
Summerworks Performance Festival (also check out our photos from the Summerworks 2014 launch party)

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