“…A community needs a soul if it is to become a true home for human beings. You, the people must give it this soul.” Pope John Paul II

So what is The Taste of the Danforth (#tasteofthedanforth ) about? Food? Music? Fun? All of the above but in my mind it’s about community. That’s one of the best parts of living in Toronto. We are a honeycomb of different ethnicities and truly a melting pot of the world at large. But somehow we manage a blend of new culture while retaining our unique cultural heritage.

This past weekend Taste of the Danforth celebrated its 20th year of sharing the love and culture with not only Toronto, but the world. Its first year brought approximately 5000 people together, this year in excess of 1 million people graced the streets, shared the food, and danced with the exuberance of Zorba himself.  No drama, no incidents (well there was Rob Ford), just fun, love and sharing.

My highlights included an amazing gyro from Alexandros, Loukomades, and a cold beer at Dora Keogh. Watching impromptu dances and face painted children rounded up the day. There was also a Vulcan sighting! Thankfully I had my phaser with me.

Applauds and kudos to the organizers. Can’t wait till next year.

Be well and eat well!

Scott

Taste of the Danforth 2013

Taste of the Danforth 2013

Beautiful day at TofDanforth

Beautiful day at TofDanforth

Best Gyros!
Best Gyros!

Food glorious food!

Food glorious food!

Smile please!

Smile please!

Still hungry?

Still hungry?

A little Band from the band.

A little Band from the band.

Lunch please and thank you!

Lunch please and thank you!

Saving the universe one festival at a time!

Saving the universe one festival at a time!

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Pilaros Taste of the Danforth Kicks Off Its 20th Year!

What are you doing this weekend!

Feel like some good food, a walk through a great community.

What about the chance to participate in a Guinness World record!

Taste of the Danforth showcases Toronto’s Hellenic cuisine and culture.  Walking the street you can experience different foods and feel the love of the community.

20 years ago the first Taste of the Danforth, #tasteofthe danforth, took place with 5,000 attendees. It has growth over the years has expanded to 1.3 million visitors over the 3 days and 2 nights. People come to enjoy the food, the culture and the music. It has evolved to become one of Canada’s premier community events.

This year festivities start Friday August 9th through Sunday August 11th. Check out their site for times and events. http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth.php

This year there are two Guinness challenges. The Worlds Largest Zorba the Greek Dance on August 10th at 1:30 that you can participate in (lessons on line at  http://ow.ly/nFa0K ), and The World’s Largest Yogurt Bowl on August 11th at 12.

Make sure you check this out on one if not all three days.

For more information you can go to:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PilarosTOtheDanforth

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Taste_Danforth

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/PilarosTOTheDanforth

 

See you there.

http://www.tasteofthedanforth.com/tasteofthedanforth_map.php

Be well and eat well.

Scott