The massive street festival was scheduled for the weekend of August 18 and 19 in the Bathurst-Wilson area, but organizers share with Daily Hive that the festival has now been cancelled due to lack of funds.
In a letter to community stakeholders, the Board of Directors of the Philippine Cultural Community Centre writes that it was a difficult decision to cancel this year’s edition of the popular street festival.
Arriving at the decision to cancel the festival was a most difficult one. The costs of staging it have become unbearable as the Taste of Manila remains grant-free to this day. City services and basic expenses continued to rise while our income had remained the same.
Our funding was solely dependent on fees collected from sponsors, food vendors and exhibitors that rent spaces inside the festival ground. We also understand that festivals are important for the local economy and Taste of Manila was beneficial to the Filipino business community and the City of North York.
While its sad news for Pinoy food fans, there is good news on the horizon, the letter goes on to that the “goal for the future includes finding a new permanent home for Taste of Manila,” and that details of a new location for the festival will be released soon.