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Aug. 8 (Canadian-Media): Taste of India Food Festival was celebrated in Nathans Philips Square, Toronto, Ontario on September 5, 2018 between 10 am to 10 pm.
Organized by the Young Canadian Alliances and School of Flavours, the festival this year had about 100 + different Indian cuisines with all the participants food vendors offering a sample plate of their most popular dishes for just under $10.
From biryani to Dosas, samosas to hakka noodles, you name it, they had it.
Inspite of the sizzling heat and the sun the spirit of the festival was in no way dampened. People young and old, of all nationalities colourfully attired, filled the festive place with joy, with everyone busy eating their favorite dishes.
People were not discouraged by the long lines to get to their turn with each vendor. Children were seen singing and dancing with joy to have different items of their likings. The whole atmosphere was filled with the hustle and bustle of the laughters, with a number of babies crying due to the unbearable heat.
But undaunted food lovers marched in line for their turn to get the food of their choice and off they went to another vendor to try the food items and so on.
Then there were interactive street performers and activities that lent fun and charm to the atmosphere filled with smell and flavours of your favourite street food.
The unique feature of this festival is that it was a street food festival. Street food culture, is reportedly a relatively fresh idea in Canada. This factor, to a large extent, contributes to the economic, social and environmental fabric of the country as it blends the joyful celebration with a bustling bazaar.
Consul General of India, Toronto Dinesh Bhatia lit the ceremonial lamp and greeted the crowd and asked everyone to be present at the India Day parade on August 19.
In a relaxed, happy, and joyful environment producers, manufacturers, food vendors and restaurants showcase what they have with an opportunity for interaction, communication and shared experiences, the keys to understanding different cultures.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj and Sayantan Banerjee with Satarupa Biswas)