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First year in the running and already ranking among the best festivals in Canada! That's quite an achievement for the Pan American Food Festival. This free festival attracts large crowds to Toronto's Harbourfront Centre with a three-day program full of delicious flavours, celebrity chefs, and music performances at the end of September. And of course, we couldn't miss it.
The one-of-a-kind gastronomic event introduces 41 countries of North, Central, and South America and the Caribbean, with their incredibly diverse food and rich traditions, to Canada's hub cultural, Toronto. Besides tasting the very best of their national and regional cuisines, you had the chance to experience the region’s diverse culture through the many performances that filled the stages with the most wonderful music and catchy rhythms. Among others, performers included Alfredo De La Fe, Gran Cocina Latina with Maricel Presilla, and Henry Vivel & Orchestra. The festival holds a tradition of bringing to the forefront one country each year as the "featured country." In 2013, the spotlight fell on Colombia.
So what might you have experienced when visiting the Harbourfront Centre during the festival? Tastings from many established fine restaurants and specialized food producers as well as talented chefs from across the Americas, including Maricel Presilla, Carlos Fuenmayor, Claudia Gaviria, and Donna Dooher, who held live cooking shows. During this exciting event, visitors watched the chefs use their skills and prepare delicious meals in front of their eyes. Many managed to make quite a spectacle out of the show, inviting audience members to the stage to help with preparations!
This festival gives you a unique opportunity to try out typical regional dishes and taste some native ingredients that give the meals their unique flavours — all conveniently in one location. Many a visitor left inspired and eager to try out the recipes themselves at home. Best of luck experimenting in your kitchens! It's always good to add some new flavours to your favourite recipes.
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
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Colombian photographer based in Toronto, started with analog Photography in 2003, then jumping to the digital wolrd in 2005. His photographic areas are mainly street, landscapes, portrait and beauty.