By Lori Bosworth
Wondering how to spend Labour Day Weekend in Toronto? If you’re not heading to the CNE for the Air Show, you may want to check out the Hot and Spicy Food Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre from Friday, August 30, to September 2, 2013. The food event showcases not only hot and trending food, but music, dance and film from diverse cultures.
Find out who will win the 10th annual International Iron Chef Competition. Those competing include chef Betty Vazquez of Mexico, Luis Berrazueta of Ecuador, former Next Food Network Star Competitor Philip ‘Ippy’ Aiona of the U.S. and Canada’s own Aaron Joseph Bear Robe of the Keriwa Café.
Donut Holed-Up features Toronto chefs presenting their version of the popular baked good.
Toronto restaurants Ursa, FRANK, Barque and Pizzeria Libretto will participate in food demonstration series including Ten Tastes to Try Before You Die, Foraging by Nature and Can You Handle the Heat.
Check out the Red Hot Market for sauces, marinades and spices from various cuisines. There is also a Farmer’s Market with fresh produce from local farmers.
Former Alexisonfire drummer Jordan Hastings and Joe Carriere of Dine Alone Foods will prepare a food demonstration called Sauce Rock, followed by a performance by Grey Kingdom.
What’s good food without good music? While you’re at the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, you’ll enjoy musical performances by Femi Abosede and the Culture Force Band Okavango, a Canadian-African orchestra; Cajun music performances from Canailles and Swamperella; a performance from Brendan Phillip and BADBADNOTGOOD.