ALL The Americas!

You've got a lot of events to choose from in a couple of weekends, Toronto. Allow me to suggest one more. Conceived as a companion event leading up to the 2015 Pan Am Games, Chair Francisco Alvarez and Director Daniel Garcia-Herreros brought a boatload of chefs, dancers, artists, vendors and musicians together to bring the inaugural Pan American Food Festival to our fine city.

Curators Mary Luz Mejia and Hugo Ares have done their part to highlight "the cultural diversity of the 41 countries that make up North, Central and South America and the Caribbean through national and regional cuisines, art and music" that will be on display at the inaugural edition of the festival. All you need to do is get yourself down to Harbourfront Centre between September 20 and 22 to reap the benefits of the festival committee's efforts.

What's in it for you? Well, for starters, you can enjoy:

  • Two food demonstrations with one of the world's leading authority of Latin American cuisine, Chef Maricel Presilla
  • Columbian, Cuban, Mexican, Argentinian, Venezuelan and Peruvian food demos with local and international chefs
  • Canadian food demo with celebrated cookbook author and restarateur, Chef Donna Dooher
  • Live music performances by Alfredo De La Fe, Henry Vivel & Orchestra, Orquestra Fantasia and more
  • Brazilian dance performance by Axé Capoeira
  • A Pan American vendors market, art exhibit and film program

For a full schedule of events and to learn more about this year's featured country, Columbia, be sure to visit the festival's site. The hard part will be choosing what to attend! But I've heard that you do not want to miss the PACARI Chocolate tasting on Sunday.

To whet your appetite, check out some photos from the launch event last November and today's press conference. What are you most excited to taste and see?

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