When: Annually Mid August
Location: Jones & Danforth
End: Broadview & Danforth
The Taste of the Danforth is held every year in the month of August and is one of Canada’s largest street festival welcoming over 1 million people. Toronto’s favourite street festival is a weekend event that runs for 3 days and celebrates the fun and flavours of Greece.
The Greater Toronto Area lays claim to more than 200,000 residents of Greek ancestry, the third largest Hellenic community outside of Greece. The Taste of the Danforth festival is in the heart of Toronto’s GreekTown, and attracts hungry mouths from all over the world for this renowned street festival. They come for the food, the entertainment, the atmosphere, and to be Greek for the weekend!
While the festival is running, Danforth Avenue between Broadview and Jones is closed to traffic, where over 15 blocks and over 2.5km of food, fun, entertainment and unique experiences are offered. Thousands of people walk the streets of Greektown where several restaurants setup cooking stations and patios outside. The Taste of the Danforth offers quality food at cheap prices, musical performances, dancers and several other forms of fun and entertainment while you walk up and down the streets enjoying the summer weather.
The Taste of the Danforth was modeled after Chicago’s street festival, The Taste of Chicago. The festival first started in 1994 where it drew an attendance of 5000 people. In 1995, the festival jumped to 100,000 attendees and by 1996 the Taste of the Danforth was so large that the Danforth street had to officially close for the festival to accommodate over 500,000 visitors!
GreekTown is located roughly between Chester and Jones Ave on Danforth Ave. Over 450 businesses are situated in this area and each contributes financially to the promotion and beautification of the community.
In the early 1970′s, Canada welcomed thousands of Greek citizens. Many members of the community made their way to the Danforth. GreekTown on the Danforth is the largest Hellenic business community in North America and indeed is the third largest in the world after Greece and Melbourne, Australia. In 1994, the Taste of the Danforth was created making it the largest Greek festival in the world outside of Greece.
Friday: Starts at 6pm
Saturday: Starts at 11am
Sunday: Starts at 11am
The festival goes on until restaurants close or everybody goes home!
Greektown on Danforth is a few minutes east of the Don Valley Parkway, also called the DVP, which connects with the QEW Gardiner Expressway to the south and the 401 highway to the north. Once on the Don Valley Parkway, take the Bayview/Bloor exit, follow the signs for Bloor Street/Danforth Avenue and then travel eastbound.
By Public Transit – TTC
The Taste of the Danforth takes place along Danforth Avenue which is conveniently located on the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC’s) Bloor-Danforth Subway line. The event can be accessed through any of our four subway stations, Broadview, Chester, Pape and Donlands.
Please call (416)393-INFO(4636) for Schedule and fare information.
By Go Transit or Train
Union Station is the central hub of the GO system as well as VIA Rail Train System and from here you can hop on the TTC to get to the Taste of the Danforth easily by subway.
During the frestival Danforth Avenue (from Broadview to Jones Avenues) is closed to all vehicular traffic making parking more of a challenge.
There are a number of municipal public parking lots (all with Handicapped parking spaces) located within one block north and south of Danforth Avenue (Specific parking lot locations are shown on the area map.)
Parking on residential side streets during the Taste of the Danforth is extremely limited and illegally parked vehicles are vigilantly tagged and towed away.
Taking public transit is the easiest and stress free way to the festival.
Taste of the Danforth Video
E-mail: info at tasteofthedanforth.com
Phone: (416) 469-5634
Fax: (416) 469-8200
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