Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Feast of St. Lawrence

Get ready for St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood BIA’s first annual Feast of St. Lawrence Festival (#feaststlawrence), Toronto's newest summer food festival which kicks off this Friday, August 12th. Over three sumptuous days, the Feast of St. Lawrence Festival (Facebook: Feast of St. Lawrence) aims to celebrate the rich, authentic and delicious history of Old Town Toronto as a food destination, bringing people together through a shared love of food and raise awareness for FoodShare, a local Toronto charity that supports healthy eating and creates access to fresh food. 

The three-day festival begins in spectacular fashion with an exclusive, al fresco fine dining event on Friday night. One hundred guests will be seated at a continuous table on Front Street (between Scott and Church Street) and served a sumptuous 5-course dinner prepared by chefs from some of the top restaurants in the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood including Biff's Bistro, Hawthorne Food & Drink, The Hot House Restaurant, Omni King Edward Hotel, Pearl Diver, The Sultan's Tent and Woods. Wine pairings from Niagara's Somewhereness wine consortium will be served with the dinner while the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band provides added ambiance to the already impressive staging. The event begins with an hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer reception at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 11:00 p.m. The tickets are $200 and are now on sale. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to FoodShare and a charitable tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the cost.

On Saturday, August 13th, the celebration moves to the world famous St. Lawrence Market and Market Street with outdoor food stalls and seating areas, farm fresh produce, canning and food preparation demonstration sessions in the Market, licensed patios at the Market Street Restaurants, a pig roast from the Farmer's Market, live entertainment including a special performance by The Beatles cover band The Rattles, and much more. Restaurant partners for Saturday include the St. Lawrence Market, Farmer’s Market, Barsa Taberna, Bindia Indian Bistro, Cresta Restaurant and Evolution Food Co. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

 Sunday, August 14th, is designed for the whole family with fun and healthy activities in St. James Park. Activities during the day include a professional Punch and Judy puppet show, games and activities presented by the Cooper Koo Y, arts and crafts, a photo button booth, face painting, a kid friendly food workshop, an opportunity to learn the basics of swordfighting from trained historical re-enactors, and much more. FoodShare will be onsite with their mobile market, selling fresh healthy snacks. The fun begins at 10 a.m. in St. James Park (King and Jarvis Street) and runs until 4 p.m.

Attendance is free to the Saturday and Sunday portions of the Feast of St. Lawrence!

Will you be there? I'll certainly be at the dinner on Friday, and most likely drop by on Saturday as well. If you see me, make sure to say HI! :)

For more information on the Feast of St. Lawrence, please visit their website or contact them at:

258 Adelaide Street East, Suite 403
Toronto, ON
M5A 1N1
+1 (416) 861-1793