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Taste of India Food Festival Toronto


Taste of India food festival Toronto was about the food and the rich culture and traditions of India. India, the second, most populous country in the world has so much diversity in food, language, ethnicity and religion. Indian cuisine especially has a lot of variety and is known for its numerous spices, condiments, sweets, desserts and drinks. Also very popular are Indian Curries, samosas, pulao etc.

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The 27th Taste of India Food Festival took place on the 5th of August, 2018 from 10 am to 10 pm at Nathan Phillips Square Toronto and admission was free. It was organised by the School of Flavours Canada. The weather was very sunny and hot although it was in the low 30s (deg. C).

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Desilicious Lactose-free Kulfi Ice-cream

This particular Sunday, everybody around me was busy so I went to the food fest on my own. I wasn’t going to miss having a taste of India, the sheer variety of Indian food, the snacks and drinks, spices, hot spicy curries… all in one place.

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Rajasthani Royal Food

Taste of India Food Festival Toronto, 2018

There were some thrilling stage performances of Bollywood dance styles, temple dance as well as a live DJ on the stage to thrill everyone. There was so much colour also, so much food, over a hundred variety.

Food manufacturers, food vendors and restaurants showcased their products and we were treated to food demonstrations as well as free samples. Food vendors offered sample plates of their most famous dishes at less than $10 each.  I was excited to see some fusion food on display e.g Indian taco.

I had to walk around the festival a few times in order to make a choice of what to eat. It was some walking given the number of vendors and the visitors were literally in their thousands. The heat of the sun was oppressive however, the vibe of the festival kept me going.

Then I saw these exquisite golden balls of Gulab jamun I knew I had to have some.

I was so excited to visit the stand of Indian celebrity Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. His Toronto restaurant, The Yellow Chilli,  had so many delectable dishes on offer.

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The Yellow Chilli-Sanjeev Kapoor

Some of my haul from Taste of India Food Festival Toronto, 2018

I can’t remember the names of the dishes I bought but can’t forget this luscious mango lassi. It was a lifesaver with the heat and all.

Non-Food vendors at Taste of India Food Festival Toronto

Besides the food vendors, there were vendors selling books, craft, jewellery, body art etc.

Definitely, I’m looking forward to having another delicious and exciting Taste of India.


If you enjoyed my journey to Taste of India Food Festival Toronto, 2018, check out my other Food Treks Taste of the middle east, Toronto 2018, Kothu fest Toronto 2018 (Sri-Lankan kothu roti), Alohafest Toronto 2018 (Spirit of Aloha) and St. Lawrence market, Toronto.

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