MEDIA ADVISORY/INTERVIEW AND PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Largest Halal Food Festival in North America Returns to Toronto

Fifth annual Halal Food Fest Toronto will host nearly 200 food vendors and expects over 35,000 visitors

TORONTO, July 13, 2017 /CNW/ - Beginning Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 16, media are invited to attend the largest Halal Food Festival (HFFTO) in North America, for the fifth year running, at The International Centre in Mississauga. With a focus on halal food, cuisines from all over the world will be represented at this year's festival. The largest HFFTO to date, this year's event will feature two days of sampling and programming from nearly 200 food booths, in-house chefs and guest chefs.

**Interviews with Halal Food Festival chefs, speakers, performers, and Salima Jivraj, event organizer, as well as photo/filming opportunities, will be made available on-site.**


From Saturday, July 15 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15 from 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 16 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.


The International Centre, Entrance 5

6900 Airport Road, Mississauga

(Media parking and media passes are available through the Volunteer/Speakers entrance at the North East side of the building)


Media are invited to visit food sampling stations, and attend live cooking demonstrations, educational workshops and seminars, and performances. Notable events include:

Halal Food Seminar - Shaykh Omar Subedar, HMA Canada
Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m., Main Stage

Kitchen Basics - Chef Russell Auckbaraullee
Saturday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m., Main Stage

Mocktail Demonstration and Book Signing - Yvonne Maffei, My Halal Kitchen
Saturday, July 15 at 5 p.m., Main Stage

Cake Walk (live cake decorating competition) - hosted by Aman Ali, featuring guest judges Amanda Saab (MasterChef) and Yvonne Maffei (My Halal Kitchen)
Sunday, July 16 at 11 a.m., Main Stage

Grilling Demonstration - Chef Ahmed Baig
Sunday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m., Street Fest Stage

Notable food booth exhibitors include:

  • The Pastry Shop - A gourmet dessert pop-up shop known for its Unicorn Cronut
  • Rose's Halal Kitchen - Toronto's first authentic Jamaican halal restaurant
  • Messy's Sandwiches - Known for their cross-cultural fusion dishes including Nihari Sliders, and Butter Chicken & Waffles

To learn more about the 2017 halal chefs available for interviews, please visit:

To learn more about speakers and performers, please visit:

For full program details, please visit:

SOURCE Halal Food Festival Toronto

For further information: or for interview requests, please contact: Eighty-Eight, Amanda Spears, PR Coordinator,, Office 416-944-2722, Cell 647-242-0012

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