Iconic Brooklyn food fest returns to Toronto with 60 vendors

The new Toronto outpost of Brooklyn’s legendary food and drink festival Smorgasburg  is returning to the city today for a second year.

The market will take place every Saturday this summer beginning today and will run until Sept. 9 at Captain John’s Pier, 7 Queens Quay East, at the foot of Yonge Street from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Smorgasburg Toronto will feature more than 60 food vendors — some for six-week runs, come for all 12 dates — on Toronto’s scenic harbour front.

Curated to reflect the many cultures found across the city, the mix of vendors is set to represent cuisines from around the world, including West Bengal, Argentina, Tibet, Brazil and the Bahamas. Attendees will be able to expand their palates with the dishes on offer — from Pakistani beef khaose to tandoori chicken and French Patisserie, the food and drink fest offers something for all.

Amongst the vendors, 20 new faces are set to make an appearance, including Fringale, Glory Hole Doghnuts, Islas and Meat on a Stick, along with 40 returning vendors, like Albi Sushi, Birdy’s Daughter and Delicias el Pepe.

Smorgasburg originated in the Williamsburg neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York in 2011, hence the name. It garnered significant acclaim thanks to its carefully curated vendors that focus on creative, artisanal foods and food purveyors not big-name chefs and restaurants.

There have also been Smorgasburg festivals in Los Angeles and Miami.

Toronto food writer and creative dynamo Suresh Doss was charged with curating the selection last year for the first Smorgasburg Toronto.

“Toronto is recognized around the world as a diverse culinary capital,” said Doss, at the time. “With Smorgasburg Toronto, we will be highlighting this unique food mosaic.”

“I’ve been a long-time fan of Smorgasburg and its proud showcase of international foods presented through the lens of aspiring home cooks. The Toronto market will be a global food tour of regional menus, featuring some of my favourite independent food shops from many of the food-rich communities around the city,” he added.

For more information head to the Smorgasburg Toronto site here.

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