Taste of the Danforth is returning to Toronto for the first time since 2019

Toronto’s beloved street festival Taste of the Danforth is set to return to the city this summer after it was put on pause for the last three years.

Set to take place Aug.11 to Aug. 13 2023, the popular east-end fest will be “reimagined” this year according to Mary Fragedakis, executive director of the GreekTown on the Danforth BIA.

In 2020 and 2021, the event was cancelled due to the pandemic and last year, the BIA postponed the event citing timing and city infrastructure.

Local city councillor, Paula Fletcher who represents Ward 14, Toronto-Danforth, took to Twitter to share the news.

“Taste of the Danforth a go for 2023!” she said in the Tweet. “Very happy that Board of Directors of Greek Town BIA voted today to hire an event planner to assist them to plan and execute this year’s Taste”

Attracting more than 1 million people each year, the summer tradition is Canada’s largest street festival and Toronto’s premier celebration of Greek heritage. Free to attend, the festival spans over three days with attendees visiting from all over the country where they fill up on tasty Greek and mediterranean fare, learn about the culture and enjoy music from participating vendors on the strip.

In an email sent to the CBC, the city said they “look forward to the return of the reimagined festival this August (organizers will confirm the dates once final) as well as the many benefits it brings to local businesses, residents and visitors.”

The festival, organized by the GreekTown on the Danforth BIA, dates back to 1994. This year marks its 27th year in Toronto.

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