Many of us look forward to Luminato, the annual festival highlighting theatre, dance, music, visual arts, performance, film and food in Toronto that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. One of the highlights of this year’s event is the Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival on June 18 and 19, 2016 on Front Street in front of Union Station. Chefs from 16 restaurants from across the Greater Toronto Area will prepare and offer some of their popular dishes to the public. You can also enjoy food demonstrations every hour, games and DJs spinning tunes.
Toronto chef Joshna Maharaj, a TEDx speaker and activist for sustainable food systems, has brought together some of the city’s top chefs, who support veganism and the local food movement. You’ll be able to enjoy a diverse range of cuisines including Latino, Thai, locally sourced food and vegan.
Chefs participating in the festival represent Hawthorne Food & Drink, Bespoke Butchers, Paintbox Bistro, My Little Dumpling, Feast, Caplansky’s Deli, Hey Meatball, Le Petit Déjeuner, Royal York Hotel, The Rolling Pin, Death in Venice Gelato, Khao San Road/Nana, Sweet Escape Patisserie, Doug McNish, Providore Catering, and Valdez (June 19 only).
Chef demonstrations run on the hour, every hour from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
Chef demonstrations include:
- Rod Bowers of Hey Meatball, Saturday, June 18, 2 p.m. – Messy Meatball Sandwich
- Bashir Munye of My Little Dumpling, Saturday, June 18, 3 p.m. – Assembling and Steaming of Dumplings
- Steve Gonzalez of Valdez, Sunday, June 19, 2 p.m. – Smoked Chicken Guacamole
Giant chess and Jenga games will be set up for group play. Enjoy music by DJ medicineman on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and DJ Phil V on Sunday, June 19, 2016.
The Luminato Neighbourhood Food Festival takes place on Front Street outside of Union Station from York Street to Bay Street. The festival takes place Saturday, June 18 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 19 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission to the Festival
Admission to the market is free. Food dishes cost $6 each.