The annual Hot and Spicy Food Festival at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay, Toronto, ON) is back with four days of food, art, music, film, dance and much more! What could be a better way of ending the summer than with one of the summer’s busiest festivals by the lake?
Taking place from Friday, September 2, 2011 to Monday, September 5, 2011, there will be tons of food demonstrations and live music.
Highlights this year include:
- A BBQ demonstration and musical performance by Soul Brothers Six member John Ellison. He’s best known for writing the song “she’s some kind of wonderful,” but is also the owner of Some King of Wonderful Food Company, which includes spices celebrating his southern roots. He will be performing at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Redpath Stage.
- Barbadian Cuisine with Chef Paul Yellin, who will demonstrate the best of Barbadian cuisine, with rich aromas, flavours, textures and some fine Caribbean run. He will be at the Lakeside Terrace at 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.
- There’s the Red Hot Markets in the Community Tent section, where you can try and buy a diverse range of sauces, marinades and dips as well as other flavourful treats.
- The winner of the summer’s SoundClash Music Award, Saidah Baba Talibah will be performing at the Friday at 8 p.m. at the WestJet Stage. Artists and bands from all over the Greater Toronto Area competed for this prize and you can catch the winner’s showcase featuring Talibah’s rock and soul vibes.
- There will also be a showing of Longo’s Iron Chef Competition, where four internationally acclaimed chefs will compete for the Hot and Spicy Festival’s 8th annual version of the Iron Chef. This event is hosted by Christian Pitchard and will be judged by a panel including the American Iron Chef reporter and Food Network host Kevin Brauch. The competition takes place Sunday at 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and Monday at 2 p.m. at the Brigantine Room.
Best of all, it’s all free and just a short distance away from Backpackers on Dundas.