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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Discover artisanal gifts and savour sensational fresh foods at the Waterfront Artisan Market in HTO Park

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For Immediate Release
Upcoming weekends: June 18-19, July 1-3, July 30-Aug 1, September 3-5 and October 8-10

Toronto, ON – A new destination for visitors and a premium weekend outing for people across the city, the Waterfront Artisan Market (WAM) presented by The Waterfront BIA in partnership with Toronto Market Company (TMCo), brings together a carefully curated mix of 50 top artisans, crafters, chefs and bakers.

This unique open-air market will take place over the following five weekends at HTO Park (339 Queens Quay West – between Rees Street and Spadina Avenue). Explore new items and foods from exciting up-and-coming vendors on June 18-19, July 1-3, July 30-Aug 1, September 3-5 and October 8-10 from 10am-6pm. Visit waterfrontartisanmarket.com for more information.

“The Waterfront Artisan Market was developed to create a culturally rich and exciting hub along Toronto's Waterfront,” says Melissa Zuker, co-founder of TMCo. “Visitors can discover talented chefs, shop for local artisan gifts and enjoy this stunning part of the city!"

Browse and shop for finely crafted jewellery, unique works of art, delicious foods and artisanal gifts. The Waterfront Artisan Market's vendors include: custom wood watches and sunglasses by G Fox & Co.; unique statement pieces from Laborde Jewellery; beautiful photography by Jennifer Allison Photography; greeting cards, pillows, prints and original watercolours from Blossom & SweetPea Critter Co.; artful ties, bow ties, pocket squares and scarves from VIVID and handmade clay and pottery pieces by Dundee Pottery.

Those who are looking to discover food will find more than 20 cook-on site food vendors over the course of the market. Indulge in freshly made colourful donuts from Miche Bakery; savour hot pastrami and corn beef sandwiches from Caplansky's Delicatessen; enjoy South American cuisine from La Fiesta; choose from an array of toppings from traditional caramelized onions and thick sour cream to creations like Asian-inspired kimchi pierogis at Loaded Pierogi; tempt your taste buds with sandwiches and salad boxes from Come and Get it; indulge in specialty frites from Jamie Kennedy’s Kitchen, or cool down with lemonade, limeade, ices or slushies in incredible flavours using fruit and organic cane sugar from Augie's Ice Pops, all while shopping from local businesses at the Waterfront Artisan Market

“The Waterfront Artisan Market was such a success when it made its debut last year during the Redpath Waterfront Festival, that we decided to bring it back over six weekends from May to October,” adds Carol Jolly, Executive Director, The Waterfront BIA. “WAM showcases a broad taste of what our city has to offer in one accessible location. We encourage people to visit the Waterfront and to browse, shop and taste like never before.”

The Waterfront BIA is working to bring our artistic and cultural significance to the forefront and improve the retail and restaurant environment on Toronto’s Waterfront with a unique artisanal flair. Find your weekend escape within the city at the Waterfront Artisan Market!

About Toronto Market Co.
Toronto Market Co.’s mission is to create vibrant pop-up markets in our city that showcase Toronto’s best and celebrate Toronto’s spirit. Successful events include Front Street Foods and the Union Station Holiday Market. We love to create avenues for local designers, artisans, chefs, entrepreneurs, bakers and makers to showcase their goods and inspire others. For more information, visit torontomarketco.com. @torontomarketco

About The Waterfront BIA:
The Waterfront Business Improvement Area (WBIA), established in 2004, is the voice of the business community. Toronto’s WBIA is a community-driven organization dedicated to promoting and enhancing the economic and cultural vitality of the Waterfront area. The WBIA welcomes 17 million visitors annually with a service area population of 57,121 and growing rapidly. 68% of the area's residents are under the age of 45, and the average household income is $118,924. Unlike most Toronto BIAs, the Waterfront is both a full-service residential area and a tourist destination, committed to improving the Waterfront area and new pedestrian-friendly promenade.

The Waterfront ranks second in every visitor category – domestic and international; pleasure and business, first-time and repeat. Through marketing and promotion, special events, streetscape enhancement, strategic planning and advocacy initiatives, the WBIA continues to secure its position as one of Toronto’s premier destinations. Annual programs include Doors/Gangways Open, Waterfront Artisan Market, Redpath Waterfront Festival, Waterfront Singing Ambassadors and Winterfest on Toronto's Waterfront. The Waterfront BIA has been the proud recipient of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) Awards in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, as well as the 2015 Downtown Merit Award from the International Downtown Association (IDA) and the Award of Distinction from the 2016 BIA National Conference Awards. For more information, visit www.waterfrontbia.com


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