Toronto’s first-ever Middle East food festival is happening this weekend

Jul 30 2018, 11:32 am

Toronto’s first-ever Taste of the Middle East Food Festival is fast approaching!

The food festival, presented by Turkish Airlines, is taking over Yonge-Dundas Square for a single day this weekend. Drawing inspiration from the theme 1001 Flavours, expect everything from the basics of making Turkish coffee and Jalab, to sipping Arak and noshing on grilled halloumi, falafel, lahmajoun, and more!

“It is a beautiful fusion of the delicious food, vibrant dance and energetic music that the Middle Eastern culture is known for,” says Hamsa Diab Farhat, Founder and Event Producer, Taste of the Middle East Food Festival. “We want everyone to experience the feeling of hospitality and the inclusiveness that is at the heart of our culture. To come together to celebrate each other, to eat good food and to help others while doing so in itself is a truly genuine human experience.”

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival falafel

Bondarenco Vladimir/Shuttestock

Festival-goers can enjoy a variety of dishes from the souk as well as at the Taste Spirit Lounge, not to mention there will be musical performances, art, dancing, entertainment and cooking demonstrations from acclaimed chefs including Chef Costa Warwar of the Flaming Stove, Chef Reem Ahmed of Master Chef Canada, Executive Chef Stewart Cameron from Byblos and Patria and Executive Chef William el Dbaissy of Paramount Fine Foods.

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival 2018

When: August 4, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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