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Street Food

Calgary vs. Toronto Food Truck Face-Off

Calgary's Alley Burger truck. Photo by Buzz Bishop.

Food trucks are so popular in the US that they’re almost passé—with vendors offering a cornucopia of empanadas, cupcakes, Vietnamese báhn mì sandwiches, tacos, even bite-size buttermilk pancakes. Here in Canada we’ve managed to roll out only a handful of trucks in the country’s largest cities, most notably in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. (Do your own comparison using this neat street-food tool.) (more…)

Where List: Canada’s Best Street Food Vendors

Vancouver's Roaming Dragon. Photo by Christopher Porter.

We’ve asked our editors from coast to coast where to find some of their favourite street-food vendors and food trucks; from an Andy Warhol–inspired hot dog to fries made from PEI potatoes, you won’t want to miss the results.


Luminato To-Do, Day Nine

Get out and enjoy fresh food, fun films and, yes, more music, courtesy of Luminato.

Celso Machado brings his guitar to Yorkville.

Celso Machado brings his guitar to Yorkville.

Saturday, June 13

Brazilian Guitar Marathon
Brazil is a long way from Toronto, but today it’ll feel a little closer. Starting at 1 p.m. some of the South American nation’s finest guitarists will be performing in the Village of Yorkville park. You’ll hear music by Grammy Award winners Sérgio and Odair Assad, who many consider to be the best classical guitar duo in the world; Celso Machado, who’s known for his guitar stylings as well as his ability to produce bird sounds using wind and percussion instruments; and Yamandú Costa the seven-string sensation makes his Toronto debut. The musical marathon ends with a grand finale medley featuring all the performers.
Village of Yorkville Park (Bellair and Cumberland streets), 1 to 6 p.m., free.

President’s Choice 1,000 Tastes of Toronto
We’d all like to get the most out of the city we’re visiting whether it’s in terms of the culture we take in, the historic sites we visit, or the local delicacies we taste, but you can only fit so much into a holiday. Well if you happen to be visiting Toronto this weekend you’re in for a treat. Head to the lakeshore for scrumptious local and international treats. All weekend, top chefs from across the city set up shop along Queens Quay West to offer their own unique takes on street food. At a similar event at last year’s Luminato, foodies were treated to fresh Oysters, braised hangar-steak sandwiches and baked perogies. We can’t wait to see what the chefs will come up with this time around!
Queen’s Quay West, between HTO Park and Harbourfront Centre, noon to 9 p.m, free entry, $5 for each food item.

Animated Films Based on Children’s Books
The National Film Board presents a selection of award-winning animated films based on acclaimed children’s books. Shorts include Blackberry Subway Jam by Robert Munsch and I Want a Dog by Dayal Kaur Khalsa—the title song of the latter is sung by indie songstress Neko Case. Each film, five in total, has a running time of 8 to 10 minutes, so it won’t be hard to keep your kids entertained and in their seats.
National Film Board Mediatheque (150 John St.), 1 to 3 p.m., free.