Hot + Spicy Food Festival (Sep 4 – Sep 7)

Hot n Spicy Festival

This year Harbourfront Centre’s Hot + Spicy Food Festival will begin in September instead of the usual August. Having missed the event last year, YL’ers will definitely join the crowd in a couple weeks for the taste bud challenge.

For those you who would also like to make some in-town plans for the Labour Day long weekend, check out some of the cool (or spicy burning hot?) events noted here, or the official website for all events and schedule.

Toronto a la cart

Meet the Street Meats
There are five one-hour showcases of the new Toronto a la Cart program. If you haven’t got a chance to try out the new ethnic street foods since this March, make sure to meet the your favorite street meats masters here.

Sep 5 Sat
2 – 3pm Central Asian/Persian food by Seemab Ahmad
a la Cart @ Nathan Phillip Square East – Specialty biryani
4 – 5pm Eritrean food by Andnet Zere
a la Cart @ Roundhouse Park – Specialty injera
6 – 7pm Afghani food by Noorullah Iman
a la Cart @ Metro Hall – Specialty chapli kebabs

Sep 6 Sun
2:30 – 3:30pm Korean food by Young-Jim Kim
a la Cart @ Yonge/Eglinton – Specialty bulgogi with seasonal kimchi
4 – 5pm Caribbean food by Bridgette Pinder
a la Cart @ Yonge/St Clair – Specialty jerk chicken

10 Tastes to Try before You Die
Chef demos are always a hit in food fests. Especially this year we have TV chefs, chef/author, and other up and coming hip restos chef in the house! Let’s see if we can learn (and actually taste) a thing or two from the 10 NINE Tastes to Try before You Die chef demonstrations.

Wong McDonald Pinheiro Patel Poutinerie

Sep 5 Sat
2:30pm Chef Winlai Wong of The Spice Route
5pm Chef Chris McDonald of CAVA Restaurants
7pm Soup Chef Christopher Pinheiro of Toronto Islands

Sep 6 Sun
2pm Founder/Owner Amar Patel of Indian Rice Factory
4pm Chef Ryan Smolkin of Smoke’s Poutinerie

Sep 6 Sun
6pm Judith Finlayson, author of slow cooker cookbooks
9pm Chef Roger Mooking of TV show Everyday Exotic

Sep 7 Mon
12:30pm Chef Igor Milijanovic of I Feel Like Crepe
Sep 7 Mon 2:30pm Chef Isam Kaisi of 93 Harbord

There are also The International Iron Chef Competition, free canoe rides, The Red Hot Marketplace, and a whole lot of music events for outdoor summer fun. This Labour Day long weekend, head south instead of north to experience something different!


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  1. Ooooh – so much choice! Glad I WILL be in town for the long weekend – I know where I will be spending a lot of my time!

    Posted by eatlivetravelwrite | August 17, 2009, 11:56 am