How long has it been ladies and gentlemen? Welcome to a fun-packed post from your favourite writer, moochi2000. It has been nearly 3 months since I wrote a review but you must have noticed my instagram posts so it’s all good. In fact I’m showing my face more because really what the heck. More exposure, more chances for me to meet a good guy lols. Taste of Toronto was widely advertised in the past 2 weeks and I got my tickets through Groupon at a discounted price. Located in Fort York, Taste of Toronto brings together a food tasting experience hosted by restaurants around the GTA. You are not here to taste up-and-coming restaurants, because the booths are set up by widely known food shops that boast quality dishes in Toronto.
Fort York is not exactly the core of downtown Toronto so most people would have driven to this location. Please look on google maps before planning your trip because parking spaces can be scarce.
Tickets and Crowns:
General admission price ranges between $19-25 per ticket (depends on the day). This only includes your ticket to admission but if you want to order food from the vendors you must purchase a card and load money on it. The money system works like this: $1 = 1 crown. When you go up to a vendor to order their food, it will indicate how many crowns each dish will cost. In the venue there are 2 locations where you can load up your Crown Card but anything that is left over can be refunded online for a fee of $3.50.
A lot of people may think that $19 is a bit hefty for an admission price but you do get lots of free samples at this event. We were there the whole time and all of us complained about being too full. Anyhow, I didn’t have to pay the full $19 because I went through Groupon and I’m not saying $19 is totally justifiable but it’s not ridiculous. I have read in some online reviews where people complained about it. You know what? Go once, then don’t go again lols.
I feel that this is one of the better food events that I have attended. Let me list the reasons –
1. Each booth has its own decoration/theme that tailors to the restaurant’s cuisine. It’s very unique and allows every booth to differentiate their cuisine from those around them.
2. The kitchens seem to be working lols. I love how vendors are fully staffed: they have cooks, cashier, servers, it is clear that this was well planned ahead of time.
3. Lots of space. This is no asian food event, there are tables everywhere for you to lean on (probably could do with more chairs) but finally, I can breathe Canadian air lols.
4. Many events. You can actually learn to cook or even do wine tasting. The only downfall is that everything comes with a wait time (aka line ups). I couldn’t bother with waiting but I still enjoyed my time.
5. FREE SAMPLES. Not technically free but you know what I mean. We went to some booths so many times, they even remembered us lols.
Most dishes cost 6 crowns and up. The best deal was probably the ice cream/Popsicle stick which was only 2 crowns. I loaded my card with $30 and found myself quite full, but that is without wine. This is a very good event for couples, friends, and even family members. I went as a group of 4 and had tons of fun. But please remember that you have to pee in portable washrooms lols.
Left photo: Crispy black vinegar chicken (Bosk), this was a winner in this year’s event
Middle photo: Lamb ribs (The Drake)
I am very impressed that they printed the booklets in colour. Costs a lot!
Oysters (Richmond Station) – I just want to say that the oysters ARE HUGE. I am so sorry that I don’t have something by its side for comparison but hands down, one of the best oysters to be served at a food event! They were very fresh and rarely did we find rocks/sand, obviously there will be some minor bits here and there.
My friends look better with shades on. I look like a dork lols.
Left photo: Fried chicken. I really love the skin, the meat was tender and easy to chew but I didn’t think the taste was anything amazing. By the way you get a free drink with this purchase so it was worth it.