Toronto – The 18th annual Pilaros Taste of the Danforth kicked off Friday with huge crowds and tons of Greek food. It runs through until Sunday night from Broadview to Donlands on the Danforth, and the best part, it’s FREE.

It was an excellent day for the festival and yet it was a long way to walk, so Barbara from Toronto found another mode of transportation. It’s people that make this such a wonderful day outing, and plenty of excellent Greek food cooked by people from Greece, who add that special touch. Most people coming to the event came by subway and it was packed, but once at the site there was entertainment, food, drinks, and some of the best Greek restaurants in the city.

Grandmother Helen

A delightful and friendly Grandmother, Helen from GreekTown area has attended the Taste of the Danforth since it’s inception 18 years ago, every year and although the crowds were not like they are now, she remembers how it’s grown over the years since living right on Logan Avenue, in the heart of GreekTown. “A lot of nice restaurants here and you can’t beat it, and I especially like to see all the different types of people that attend from all different cultures, around Toronto,” said Helen. “It’s seems to get bigger every year, and I don’t know how they are going to expand it, as it grows even bigger,” she added.

Event organizer Howard Lichtman had lots to say about the success of the festival since it’s start, “There were 23 restaurateurs involved in the first event and they were all Greek, with tasting tables, and instead of sitting in the restaurants you could buy smaller portions and sit in the street. Starting with about 500 people 18 years ago we now have 1.3 million attending with hundreds of restaurants involved.”  He went on to say, “We have three different stages throughout the festival playing all kinds of different music, and Sunday we have Second City Comedy Team playing at the main stage and Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Elvis and Elton John (impersonators) appearing on different stages where every different kind of music imaginable is playing, and a sports zone, kids zone, with rides for the little ones.” They have thought of everything and throughout the over three kilometres of the event, the streets are spotless, with all kinds of dedicated workers removing garbage and working hard behind the scenes.

Another Grandmother, Sandra from Mississauga was at the festival Saturday and saw her 11 week old granddaughter Myah for the first time while Myah took in her first Taste of the Danforth. “Myah can’t eat any of the food here, but I’m eating it for her,” said Sandra.
The food is mostly Greek, but you can find anything to your pleasing, and the BBQ’d items are cooked with real charcoal, which has that extra special taste we don’t get much anymore. A great family event for all ages whether you live in the area or not. Parking space is very limited so if you attend, take the TTC, and get off at Broadview, Chester, Pape, or Donlands stations and eat your heart away.

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