Taste of Toronto announces final restaurant lineup

Taste Festivals North American debut features 17 top Toronto restaurants, including recent additions Momofuku, Splendido, Hudson Kitchen and Valdez

TORONTO, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - With just over a month until the international food festival's arrival at Fort York, Taste of Toronto today announced the final 2014 lineup of chefs and restaurants invited to participate in the inaugural event. New additions Splendido, Hudson Kitchen, Valdez and Momofuku Noodle Bar are among the 17 top Toronto restaurants to be featured at the national historic site July 24 to 27.

Taste of Toronto also announced today that Momofuku will be featured in festival programming in many different capacities. Chef and owner David Chang hosts a talk and book signing on opening night (July 24), alongside Peter Meehan, author of the bestselling Momofuku magazine Lucky Peach. At the Thursday evening session, Momofuku Noodle Bar executive chef Sam Gelman offers three unique dishes for guests. Momofuku Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi is onsite over the course of the weekend hosting a stand full of signature baked goods in the marketplace.

"We are beyond excited to host 17 of the city's top chefs and restaurants for our first North American event," said Meghan O'Hanlon, Event director, Taste of Toronto. "With so many of the city's hottest talents joining ranks, we know Taste of Toronto is going to be the most delicious event of the season!"

A chance to tour the best of Toronto's diverse cuisine, each of the participating restaurants are designing three signature small plates which allows visitors the chance to experience a tasting menu from some of the city's best restaurants. Start with a smoked duck taco from Barque Smokehouse, or a duck scotch egg with English accompaniments from The Grove, followed by Byblos's Basturma & Cheese Acharuli and Fabbrica's Lamb Bolognese Crostini with Minted Ricotta Cheese. Richmond Station will serve their signature burger and Rose & Sons offers a classic BLT. For dessert try a Thai tea shake from Khao San Road and coconut tapioca pearls with passion fruit, lime and pineapple from Bosk.

Taste of Toronto offers unique opportunities to engage with the head chef from each of the participating restaurants while they work behind the grill at their tented pop-up venue and with various demonstrations and interactive cooking classes. Among the presentations on the Metro Master Class stage, Chef Elia Herrera of Los Colibris teaches how to make traditional ceviche ; Carl Heinrich, chef and owner of Richmond Station shares knife skills; and David Neinstein of Barque Smokehouse highlights tips and tricks for the best home barbecue.  

In addition to the festival lineup of renowned chefs from the 17 participating restaurants, Taste of Toronto also spotlights a number of celebrity chefs,  including Montreal chef and television personality Chuck Hughes, Franco Stalteri from Charlie's Burgers, and 50 local food producers in the vendor marketplace. The extensive weekend programming also includes historical cooking classes presented by Fort York and a live music stage curated by Arts & Crafts. A full programming schedule and timetable will be announced in the weeks leading up to the festival. 

Taste of Toronto is proud to be working with All-Clad, American Express Canada, Electrolux Appliances, Metro, Nespresso, Pilsner Urquell, Shangri-La Hotel Toronto, and San Pellegrino.

Admission tickets start from $30 and give access to the festival grounds and programming as well as $6 worth of 'crowns', the event currency.  Crowns are loaded onto a currency card for the ultimate convenience in purchasing small plates at each pop-up restaurant. VIP packages are available as well and include fast track festival entry, complimentary beverage, and $20 voucher for new Uber users or $5 off for existing Uber users. For more information, or to purchase tickets visit tasteoftoronto.com.

Taste of Toronto 2014 Line-up

  • Barque Smokehouse, David Neinstein
  • Bosk, Damon Campbell
  • Guu Izakaya, Ippei Iwata / Kinton Ramen, Aki Urata / JaBistro,Koji Tashiro
  • Hopgoods Foodliner, Geoffrey Hopgood (Saturday only)
  • Hudson Kitchen, Robbie Hojilla
  • Khao San Road, Chantana Top Srisomphan
  • Los Colibris, Elia Herrera / El Caballito, Gerry Quintero
  • Momofuku Noodle Bar, Sam Gelman (Thursday only)
  • Patria, Weslodge and Byblos, Stuart Cameron
  • Richmond Station, Carl Heinrich
  • Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha, Anthony Rose
  • Splendido, Victor Barry
  • The Grove, Ben Heaton
  • The Harbord Room and THR & Co., Cory Vitiello
  • The McEwan Group, Mark McEwan
  • Valdez, Steve Gonzalez (Sunday only)
  • Yours Truly, Lachlan Culjak (Friday only)

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About Taste Festivals:  
Taste Festivals, an IMG event, is considered the world's greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 10 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Melbourne, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, and Johannesburg, to name a few. Everywhere it goes, Taste represents a gourmand's dream come true: delicious food created by the city's greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning outdoor surroundings.

About IMG: 
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SOURCE: Taste of Toronto

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