The Lao Summer Festival is so popular with our viewers that I’m giving you its poster earlier than usual so you can mark it on your calendar. It’s one of my favourite festivals too because it makes me feel like I’m back in romantic Laos (where my husband proposed to me). The $5 fee is only if you want to dance Lao style in a bar at the far end of the spacious Croatian Centre’s grounds. Expect lots of people and stalls selling Laotian sarongs, conical hats and traditional food. You’ll see monks in saffron robes too and Multicultural Toronto’s many friendly residents from Southeast Asia. www.tasteofthemiddleeast.ca
The new Taste of the Middle East is on the same day (as the Caribbean Carnival Parade mentioned in an earlier blog). This is a new festival, conveniently located in Yonge-Dundas Square. 11am-11pm. Free admission. “…learn what a Jalab is or how Turkish coffee is made. Try a sip of Arak or maybe a bite of grilled halloumi. Appreciate the vibrant art, music and dance that will surround you as you expand your palate and taste the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer… while giving back to the largest food rescue charity in Canada, Second Harvest…” See the video and more information on: http://tasteofthemiddleeast.ca/.
It will be hard choosing what to do on August 4. There are more events on that date too. Subscribe to our newsletter above so you will get the information as early as we can get it to you.