Taste of Toronto is one of the biggest culinary event in Toronto. For the 2nd year, Toronto Chefs and foodies gather together at Fort York to celebrate the best of Toronto’s food scene. This year’s line up of restaurants included Bosk, R&D, Rasa, Oliver & Bonacini, Morimoto, Little Sister, The Drake, Guu, Kinton Ramen, and many many more!
Taste of Toronto ran from Thursday July 2 to Sunday July 5, other than the Thursday session, all days featured a lunch and dinner session. Entry fees ranges from $19 – $100 depending on the day you plan to visit and what kind of pass (General, Premium, or VIP). A great thing that Taste of Toronto have is the Crown payment system. You simply purchase a crown card for $1 and load it up with however much you like. At each of the vendor, there is a tap pad so you can pay easily. It tells you how much Crowns you used and what your new balance is. Some of the ticket prices included a Crown card.
The Fort York grounds was organized very well with vendor booths, Delta VIP Lounge, Cadillac Taste Theater, Metro Master Class, Taste x WayHome Music Stage. The whole ground was buzzing with excitement as the air filled with delicious aroma from all the vendors. Even though it was filled with people, there was a lot of open space to walk without bumping into someone and enjoy the food.
We first stopped at Morimoto Toronto for some Toro Tartare. Chef Morimoto (Iron Chef) has numerous restaurants around the world and will be opening his first Toronto restaurant later in the year in the Toronto Entertainment district. Toro is fatty tuna and it was paired with caviar, sour cream, wasbai and dashi soy. The flavours were delicate and the toro just melted in my mouth. Amazing!
Next stop was to El Caballito & Los Colibris for some Rajas Poblanas with chicken, corn, poblano and corn tortilla. Raja Poblanas is a very popular traditional dish from Mexico which features the mild pepper – Poblanas. The flavours blended nicely and a had a great balance in flavours.
We then stopped at Montecito for some meatballs. The Montecito meatballs was paired with a creamy polenta and tomato sugo. The meatball and polenta was very tasty and well cooked. We were a bit disappointed that the serving only included one meatball for 10 Crowns.
I am a huge fan of Oliver and Bonacini so I had to stop by their booth to try the Biff’s Bistro Merguez Lamb Burger. The burger came with red pepper chutney, harissa (Tunisian hot chili pepper paste – yum) mayo and was on O&B artisan brioche.
Finally for dessert we stopped by Rasa for some cornflake ice cream popsicle with chocolate, banana and puffed grains. This was fantastic! Not too sweet that just hit the spot after all the savory dishes.
The best part of the evening was getting a chance to cook with Alvin Leung (Michelin Star Chef & Master Chef Canada Judge) at the Metro Master Class Kitchen. All the Metro Master Classes were fully booked so we waited quite some time to be on the stand by list. Luckily we were able to get in to cook. Chef Alvin taught us how to make a delicious Miso Black Cod from Bo Innovation. The experience was one of a kind and I think was well worth the wait. Teams of two are assigned to a cooking station. There were plenty of volunteers and chefs floating around the kitchen to lend a helping hand when needed. The Metro Master Class was hosted by Abbey Sharp (Abbey’s Kitchen).
Taste of Toronto was a great event. Great food, great chefs and the interactive components of having cooking classes, demo stages and chef tables makes the event stand out even more and can draw lots of participants yearly. I would highly recommend this event but you will definitely be spending a lot of money! I would definitely visit Taste of Toronto again in the future.
- Great Event! You should Go! 9