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Taste of Toronto tickets on sale May 1

TORONTO, May 1, 2014 /CNW/ - As the highly-anticipated launch of IMG's Taste Festivals in North America grows closer, Taste of Toronto announced that tickets are now on sale. The newest addition to a league of over 20 Taste Festivals around the world, Taste of Toronto will excite and delight Toronto's culinary foodies when it plays host to many of the city's top restaurants, chefs and food producers over the course of four days at Fort York National Historic Site, July 24 to 27.

Taste of Toronto also announced the latest group of inspiring, culinary masterminds who will be featuring at the festival: David Chang of Momofuku, Cory Vitiello of The Harbord Room and THR & Co.; Geoffrey Hopgood of Hopgood's Foodliner; Anthony Rose of Rose and Sons, Big Crow and the recently opened Fat Pasha; and Lachlan Culjak of Yours Truly. Also joining the lineup are Elia Herrara of the soon to be opened Los Colibris and Gerry Quintero of sister cantina El Caballito; Koji Tashrio of JaBistroIppei Iwata of Guu Toronto; Aki Urata of Kinton Ramen; and Chantana "Top" Srisomphan of Khao San Road.

Tickets to the North American debut of the internationally famed restaurant festival will start at $30 and grant access to one of six lunch or dinner sessions from Thursday, July 24 through Sunday, July 27. Guests can purchase signature small plates from each of the participating restaurants, as well as sip, sample and shop the festival market featuring nearly 50 premium local producers including Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, Walter all-natural craft Caesar mix, Green House Juice Co., Upper Canada Cheese Company, Ninutik Maple and many more. Taste of Toronto also invites guests to engage with top chefs and enjoy live food demonstrations, chef Q&As, interactive cooking classes, expert wine tastings, live music and other entertainment, in what is certain to be the social event of the summer.

"With over sixteen of the city's hottest chefs and restaurants confirmed so far, and more details to be announced very soon, we can feel the excitement building for the first-ever Taste of Toronto," said Justin Clarke, Managing Director, Taste Festivals. "We are counting down the days and are so thrilled to be launching Taste Festivals in North America at Toronto's Fort York."

"Since its launch as just one show in London, England in 2004, Taste Festivals have rapidly grown into a global phenomenon now held in 20 cities around the world including London, Sydney, Cape Town, Milan, Dubai and Moscow.  Acquired by IMG in 2013, the growth of Taste Festivals around the world continues and Toronto was a natural choice to launch in North America with its rich culinary scene.  We would like to thank the Government of Ontario, the City of Toronto and IMG Canada for their support in creating the Taste of Toronto" added Stephen Flint Wood, Senior Vice President, IMG.

American Express Cardmembers have access to two exclusive packages as part of the Front of the Line program:

  • General Admission Package: Two general admission tickets ($25 each) and $12 bonus "Crowns" (Taste Festival currency)
  • Food Lover's Package: Two general admission tickets, two drink vouchers, $30 worth of bonus "Crowns", one gift choice from Taste Producers Market 

Treat your taste buds at the world's greatest restaurant festival! Tickets start from $30; to purchase tickets or for more information sign up to receive regular Taste of Toronto updates at tasteoftoronto.com.

Website: tasteoftoronto.comtastefestivals.com
Facebook: TasteofToronto
Twitter: @TasteofToronto
Instagram: @TasteofToronto

Participating chefs and restaurants to date include:

Stuart Cameron, Patria, Weslodge and Byblos
Damon Campbell, Bosk
Lachlan Culjak, Yours Truly
Ben Heaton, The Grove
Carl Heinrich, Richmond Station
Elia Herrera, Los Colibris
Geoffrey Hopgood, Hopgood's Foodliner
Ippei Iwata, Guu Toronto
Mark McEwan, The McEwan Group
David Neinstein, Barque Smokehouse
Gerry Quintero, El Caballito
Anthony Rose, Rose and Sons, Big Crow and Fat Pasha
Chantana Srisomphan, Khao San Road
Koji Tashiro, JaBistro
Aki Urata, Kinton Ramen
Cory Vitiello, The Harbord Room and THR & Co.

Taste of Toronto is also proud to be working with American Express Canada, Metro, Nespresso, All-Clad, San Pellegrino, Pilsner Urquell and Shangri-La Hotel Toronto.

About Taste Festivals:  
Taste Festivals, an IMG event, is considered the world's greatest restaurant festival. The festival concept began 10 years ago in London, England, and has rapidly grown into an international event with festivals in 20 cities around the world including Dubai, Amsterdam, Milan, Moscow, Melbourne, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, and Johannesburg, to name a few. Everywhere it goes, Taste represents a gourmand's dream come true: delicious food created by the city's greatest restaurants, world famous chefs, superb drink and outstanding entertainment, set in stunning outdoor surroundings.

About IMG: 
IMG Worldwide is a global sports, entertainment and media business, with 3,500 employees operating in more than 30 countries around the globe. IMG's areas of expertise are diverse and wide ranging. IMG College is the leader in collegiate marketing, licensing and media rights. IMG's Joint Ventures, IMG Reliance, IMX, IMG-CCTV and IMGDogus in the emerging markets of India, Brazil, China and Turkey, offer the company significant long-term growth opportunities.  IMG Media is the world's largest independent producer and distributor of sports programming. IMG Events and Federations owns and manages some of the most sought-after events and includes long-standing associations with the world's most important sports organizations, leagues and federations. IMG Fashion owns and operates fashion events around the world and IMG Models represents the world's top models and leading designers. IMG Art+Commerce represents the most influential photographers, art directors and stylists.

For the past 50 years IMG Clients has been the global leader in talent representation, including over 1,000 elite athletes, coaches, industry executives and prestigious sports organizations across the sports, entertainment, fashion and media industries. IMG Tennis and IMG Golf manages the careers of the biggest stars on the court and the green.  IMG Performance is aimed at developing sports performance research, products and services that have grown out of the division's world-leading integrated academic and athletic training institution, IMG Academy.  IMG Consulting connects many of the world's leading brands with consumers through access to unique sports and entertainment properties. IMG Licensing is considered one of the premier independent licensing companies in the sports, entertainment and media world. More information is available at www.img.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

SOURCE Taste of Toronto

Image with caption: "Taste of Toronto featured chefs David Chang (Momofuku), Mark McEwan (The McEwan Group) and Cory Vitiello (The Harbord Room and THR&Co.) at the April 29 launch party. (Photo Credit: Ryan Emberley) (CNW Group/Taste of Toronto)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140501_C6106_PHOTO_EN_39855.jpg

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