Colourful South Asian Music, Cuisine and Culture come to Toronto



    Annual TD Canada Trust Festival of South Asia takes place August 23-24

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - The TD Canada Trust Festival of South Asia
creates a window into the East to celebrate and experience the culture and
cuisine of South Asia. From Bhangra to Basmati to Bollywood music, this event
has all the ingredients to make festival visitors feel like they've traveled
the world.
    The festival takes place August 23-24 in Toronto along Gerrard Street
East between Greenwood and Coxwell Avenue from 2:00-11:00 p.m.
    "TD Canada Trust is proud to celebrate South Asian culture with our
customers and employees in all their diversity," says Suellen Wiles, Senior
Vice President TD Canada Trust GTA Region. "This is a great way to experience
the tastes, sights and sounds of South Asia and we're delighted to once again
present this wonderful festival to the people of Toronto."
    The entertainment line-up promises to be a showstopper. The main stage
will feature dancing, the Gerrard India Bazaar Fashion Show and authentic
South Asian music reflecting Indian, Pakistani, Bengali and Sri Lankan
cultures. Off-stage, visitors will be enticed by the wonderful foods offered
by up to 20 different restaurants and priced from one to six dollars. There
will also be free food sampling presented by Deep Foods, Knorr and Brooke Bond
brands.
    The Tiger Beer Garden will allow visitors to enjoy Asian beer and will
offer a space to relax during the festivities. Not sure what to do with the
kids? Not to worry, there will be plenty of children's entertainment. To top
it all off, Jet Airways will be raffling off a prize of two airline tickets to
India.
    The Gerrard India Bazaar is a major component of the festival and is the
largest South Asian bazaar in North America. "We are very proud to showcase
our cuisine, culture and fashions to Toronto and look forward to welcoming
everyone to the TD Canada Trust Festival of South Asia," says Govind Mahtani,
Chair of the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area.

    The TD Canada Trust Festival of South Asia is also sponsored by The India
Tourism Office, Jet Airways, Shashi Foods, King of Spice, Patak's, Deep Foods,
Knorr, Brooke Bond, Ultra Savings Card, Tiger Beer, the Dairy Farmers of
Ontario, Rogers, The Heart and Stroke Foundation, CTV and the Gerrard India
Bazaar.
    Visit www.festivalofsouthasia.com for more details.





For further information:

For further information: Gregory Harrison, TD Bank Financial Group,
(416) 308-8597; Sue Graham-Nutter, Affinity Marketing and Public Affairs,
(416) 698-9053 (office) or (416) 407-4007 (cell)


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