Pan American Food and Music Festival 2018
|August 18, 2018||Filled under Events||
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
When: August 25 and 26, 2018
Cost: Free to the public
Details: The sixth annual Pan American Food and Music Festival – the only festival in the world that celebrates the best food and culture of the Western Hemisphere – returns to Toronto in the heart of downtown. The Festival offers food demonstrations by international chefs, dance workshops, two food competitions and a Pan American vendors market, with live music performances. This large outdoor street fair offers visitors many opportunities to discover the delicious and diverse cuisine of the Americas.
The Festival’s Culinary Curator, Mary Luz Mejía, has put together a remarkable line-up of culinary talent bringing the best of Pan American flavour to Toronto, featuring all-women chefs, a first for any Canadian food festival. This program, titled Women in Food, will celebrate the creative power of women in Canada’s kitchens, with only female Canadian, Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian chefs, cooks and caterers participating in the festival. Additionally, an All-Women Panel will discuss the challenges that Pan American women face in the restaurant and hospitality industries.
The Festival continues to innovate with new interactive Food Competitions, where audiences taste creations from six chefs from different countries and vote for their favourite. New to this year’s festival is the Arepa Eating Contest, on August 25 at 4pm. this first-time ever competition will feature competitors trying to eat the most arepas in the shortest time possible. A $40 ticket entitles guests to participate in this contest; the top three winners will win a gift basket and a cash prize.
Don’t miss The Pan American Light Parade, on August 25 at 9:30pm. A visually stunning mini-parade that will move around Yonge-Dundas Square on Saturday night. This activity will attract families to the last hours of our busiest day. The Fruit Carving Carnival will be returning this year, a display and workshop that will offer insights on this unique craft in a family-friendly environment.
The Festival launches with a private Opening Reception on Friday, August 24 (ticketed event, purchase at www.panamfest.com), where this year’s Host Country, Ecuador, will present two chefs showcasing the rich cuisine of Ecuador. This VIP event also features an array of special performances and dignitaries.