Here's where you can get FREE Jamaican patties in Toronto February 23

Feb 18 2020, 11:22 am

In recognition of Toronto’s annual Patty Day, Patties Express will be giving away 500 free Jamaican patties starting at 11 am on Sunday, February 23.

The first 500 customers to visit the shop at 4 Elm Street on Sunday will get to enjoy a signature Jamaican beef patty, featuring savoury, spiced ground meat wrapped in a flaky crust.

The local patty vendor has teamed up with the Jamaica Tourist Board to offer up the deal with a limit of one per customer.

“Patties are a staple part of Jamaican cuisine and the people of Toronto have embraced this iconic pastry in a big way,” says Angella Bennett, Regional Director in Canada for the Jamaica Tourist Board. “We encourage all Torontonians to celebrate Patty Day on February 23 and savour the unique island flavours of Jamaica.”

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In February 1985, several local patty vendors received word that they could no longer call these delightful snacks “beef patties,” because that name was reserved for ground beef patties only. Thus, the ‘Patty Wars’ began.

Local food inspectors and Jamaican patty shops reportedly went head-to-head until, after negotiations, vendors were allowed to continue using the term.

To commemorate the peaceful end of the “war,” February 23 was named Toronto’s official Patty Day.

And you’re being called to celebrate, free of charge.