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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Pan American Food and Music Festival returns to Toronto, Aug. 25-26, 2018

The Pan American Food and Music Festival 2018 Details:
August 25th and 26th, 2018
Yonge-Dundas Square

Women in Food Panel, Sunday, August 26th, 1:00 pm
Pan American Light Parade, Saturday, August 25th, 9:30 pm
Arepa Eating Contest, Saturday, August 25th, 4:00 pm
Caliente y Picante Food Competition, Saturday, August 25th, 6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Seafood Fantasia Food Competition, Sunday, August 26th, 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm

TORONTO, ON (June 18th, 2018) – Culinary Programs at Festival Announced
The sixth annual Pan American Food and Music Festival – the only festival in the world that celebrates the best food and culture of the Western Hemisphere – returns to Toronto, August 25th and 26th, 2018 at Yonge-Dundas Square, in the heart of downtown Toronto. The Festival will again be entirely free to the public. The Festival offers food demonstrations by international chefs, dance workshops, two food competitions and a Pan American vendors market, with live music performances. This large outdoor festival offers visitors many opportunities to discover the delicious and diverse cuisine of the Americas.
The Festival’s Culinary Curator, Mary Luz Mejía, has put together a remarkable line-up of culinary talent bringing the best of Pan American flavour to Toronto, featuring all-women chefs, a first for any Canadian food festival. This program, titled Women in Food, will celebrate the creative power of women in Canada’s kitchens, featuring 24 all female Canadian, Latin, Caribbean and Brazilian chefs, cooks and caterers participating in the festival. Additionally, an All-Women Panel will discuss the challenges that Pan American women face in the restaurant and hospitality industries.

2018 Interactive Food Competitions:

Seafood Fantasia
From ceviches and tiraditos to cooked seafood dishes, you’ll get to taste six ways in which Pan American chefs use seafood in its various, tasty forms. Come hungry because these tasty bites promise to be a festival highlight. The top three winners get cash prizes and bragging rights- as chosen by You, the voting and dining public. Rico!

Sunday August 26 (3:00pm – 4:45pm)

Tickets Onsite: $15

Caliente y Picante
When you like it hot, you like it Caliente y Picante! Come join us at the competition stage where six Pan American chefs battle it out for your culinary affections with their spicy, flavourful dishes representing Pan American on Saturday, August 25 from 6-7:15pm. You pick Your favourite and the top three contestants get cash and bragging rights! Caliente!

Saturday August 25 (6:00pm – 7:15pm)
Tickets Onsite: $15

Arepa Eating Contest, August 25th, 4:00 pm.
New to this year’s festival is the Arepa Eating Contest, on August 25th at 4:00 pm. Mejía says, “The Arepa Contest will be a first-time ever competition featuring voracious competitors trying to eat the most arepas in the shortest time possible. A $20 ticket entitles guests to participate in this contest. The top three winners will win a gift basket and a cash prize.

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