The World’s First Jamaican Patty Festival is Coming to Toronto

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Toronto is home to some of the best Jamaican patties — after all, it is dubbed “Toronto’s favourite snack” for a reason. The patty originated from Jamaica and became an iconic Toronto staple after being introduced to Canada in the ‘60s and ‘70s by Caribbean migrants. So, it’s only fitting that Toronto is hosting the world’s first Jamaican patty festival.

Read on for everything you need to know about the Jamaican patty festival AKA Toronto Patty Fest

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What is the Jamaican patty festival?

Toronto Patty Fest is the world’s first Jamaican patty festival. Organized by the team behind Afro Caribbean Farmer’s Market, Toronto Patty Fest will feature vendors from across the city showcasing their best patty recipes and creative interpretations while staying true to the snack. Attendees will get a chance to satisfy their patty cravings and try something new while capturing the full cultural scope of the Caribbean. Some popular vendors expected are Spike Your Food and Le BercailThere will be tons of activities for the whole family like face painting, a magician and a DJ  spinning R&B, Reggae and Soca hits to keep the party going. 

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When is Toronto Patty Fest?

Toronto Patty Fest is on Saturday, August 5 from 1 pm to 7 pm. 

Where is Toronto Patty Fest?

The event will be held in the Little Jamaica Cultural District on Eglinton Avenue West’s Reggae Lane Green P Car Park. The space will be transformed into a huge, colourful Caribbean party. 

Is the event free?

Yes! Toronto Patty Fest has no entry fee and is a free all day event. 

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