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Taste of Lawrence 2019

Taste of Lawrence is a three-day food and cultural festival that takes place in the Wexford Heights BIA. As Scarborough’s largest street festival it boasts the most enticing flavours from every cultural community in the GTA. Locals and tourists alike come to the festival to experience the Taste firsthand as they celebrate their cultures and learn about the rich heritage of others.

The festival was founded 17 years ago by Councillor Michael Thompson and a group of community members who had a vision for attracting visitors to the vibrant community on Lawrence Ave that is now known as the Wexford Heights BIA. The first event was held in a local parking lot and attracted just over one thousand people. However, with diligence and vision from the councillor and the BIA, the festival population has grown to accept more than 200,000 people onto Lawrence Ave.

About Taste of Lawrence

  • Exceptional International Food Options! This is the place to be for a FOODIE! 
  • Over 130 street vendors
  • Midway rides and amusements on the street for family fun
  • Main stage with all day music and family stage with entertainment for the whole family
  • Constant support from Ward 21 Councillor Michael Thompson
  • Volunteer opportunities!
  • A true world festival.


Festival Details are as Follows:

DateJuly 5, 6, and 7, 2019
Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd. 
Times:

  • Friday July 5, 6:00 PM-11:00 PM
  • Saturday July 6, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM
  • Sunday July 7, 11:00 AM -7:00 PM


FREE ADMISSION

Acts Announced April 4th:

Friday, July 5 9:30 PMPractically Hip Tribute Act 

Established in Southern Ontario in 1997, “Practically Hip” wows their audiences with their passionate recreation of the Hip’s unique sound. They are the most sought after “Tragically Hip” tribute/clone act in Ontario and the U.S.

You’ll be amazed at the vocal ability of Dean Hughes! You will think you are hearing Gord Downie as Dean performs the songs, rants and stories for which the Hip is known for.
This five piece band gives their audiences the highest level of energy and musicianship. While playing songs note perfect and then adding jams the Hip is known for, is something their audiences constantly rave about.

Practically Hip has played various clubs, universities and colleges throughout Ontario and the U.S. To add to their list of weddings and private functions they have also played numerous festivals with recording acts like April Wine, Kim Mitchell, David Wilcox, Colin James, Big Wreck, Trooper, Gowan (in Styx), Sass Jordan and Honeymoon Suite to name a few.
The members of Practically Hip have seen over 75 Hip concerts! The devotion is one of the reasons why they deliver the highest level of accuracy, energy and enthusiasm.
Join them in their celebration of the Tragically Hip!

 

Saturday, July 6 9:30 PMSimply Queen Tribute Act 

Simply Queen is a world class act.

They have headlined theatre and outdoor festival shows to audiences of thousands (and even tens of thousands) all over Canada and the United States.

Simply Queen is fronted by Freddie Mercury impersonator extraordinaire Rick Rock. Guitarist Bob Wegner was hand-picked by Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor to play guitar in several productions of the award-winning "We Will Rock You" musical. Drummer Phil Charrette and bassist Mitch Taylor are veterans of the southwestern Ontario and Detroit circuits.

The band performs all the iconic songs that made Queen one of the most legendary rock bands of all time, and faithfully recreates the grand scope of Queen's live shows, both musically and visually, with attention to detail capturing the live amazing live Queen experience that filled stadiums around the world. No backing tracks - it's all live, and "Guaranteed to Blow Your Mind!"

 

Sunday, July 7 5:30 PM – AC/DC Tribute Act - due to high demand from last year, encore performance

 

Featured Guest Performer

Snap Boogie

Snap Boogie will perform on both, the main stage and family stage on July 6 and 7!

Native to the city of Boston, Snap Boogie has been described as a "BEAST" on the dance floor. His career began by performing on the streets, to his impressive debut on NBC's America's Got Talent in 2011, where he blew the minds of the nation with his incredible energy and style. Not to mention, he landed a role in the movie The Way Way Back, starring Steve Carell and Maya Rudolph, in 2013.

Since then, Snap Boogie has traveled the world, performing at the top International Festivals, Fairs, NBA Halftime Shows, and rapidly gaining popularity at many NCAA schools around the globe.


 

Taste of Lawrence

 

Saturday, 13 July 2013 18:20

Ramadan Catering available, like roasted lamb, mansif, fish and many other middle eastern dishes. We'll be happy to cater to all your special occasions. Enjoy delicious halal food from chef Iman who has worked in major hotels in Beirut, Dubai and Abu Dabi, as well as having served Princes of UAE throughout his career. Having also mastered Italian and French cuisine, chef Iman has been serving the Wexford neighbourhood since 2010.

Monday, 08 April 2013 16:54

From food lovers to gastronomes to downright gluttons, Dishcrawl brings people from all walks of life together for an evening of delicious food and delightful company. The groups range from 25 to ­40 people who are looking to be socially engaged while helping local restaurants gain exposure. Dishcrawl takes foodies to four different restaurants over the course of one evening, in a “pub­crawl” fashion ­ but more appetizing!

Dishcrawl returns to Scarborough’s Wexford neighborhood on Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 to explore more of this area’s hidden gems! There really is more to Toronto than the downtown core! Reservations are $60 per person and can be purchased at dishcrawl.com/scarborough.

“A Dishcrawl provides more than just a full stomach,” says Scarborough Dishcrawl Ambassador Jennifer Thompson. “It gives you the opportunity to explore a new neighbourhood in your city and seize a culinary adventure that supports local restaurants and the chefs behind them.”

Participating restaurants are kept secret until two days before the event, although by following Dishcrawl on Twitter and Facebook you may catch a few hints!

Friday, 29 March 2013 20:00

From Dishcrawl.com:

The Grand Debut of Dishcrawl into Scarborough’s Wexford Heights neighbourhood was a smashing success! 

The area stretches from Victoria Park Ave. to Birchmount Rd. and includes a wide variety of restaurants, bakeries and local pubs. The neighbourhood is home to over 50 restaurants, from small Shawarma take-outs to local sports pubs to Oyster bars. On Wednesday, March 27th, 30 Dishcrawlers had the opportunity to join us on a tour of four of them! We were given the chance to sample delicious Vietnamese and Korean cuisine along with traditional pub food and funnel cake!

Here’s a recap of our night: 

Stop #1: Pho Metro! This Vietnamese restaurant was a great starting point for our very first Scarborough Dishcrawl. With large framed mirrors lining the walls and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the space looks bigger than it is! The Owner, Ben Le runs this restaurant with his sister Thu and know many of the customers by name.  


Rare Beef Pho, Pork Spring Roll, Fresh Shrimp Salad Roll  

Ben served Rare Beef Pho, with Beef Broth, Basil, Bean Sprouts and Fresh Lime. The Pork Spring Roll was deep fried and served with fish sauce and the Fresh Shrimp Salad Roll was a rice paper wrap filled with vermicelli and shrimp.

Stop #2: Makkal Chon. Kyung Rye Park came from Korea and is living her dream! Paul, Kyung’s son-in-law, let us know that it had always been her dream to bring people together over great food - similar to Dishcrawl’s philosphy! Makkal Chon is located in an unassuming strip plaza, but well worth the adventure. The decor was quaint and seats about 36-40. They surprised us with custom menus on all of the tables highlighting the Dishcrawl Menu as well as the drink specials for our event!


Bulgogi, Seafood Pancake, Spicy Chicken Vegetable Wrap

We were served Bulgogi - a traditional Korean soy marinated beef dish, along with sides of marinated eggplant, spicy kimchi and sweet potato glass noodles with vegetables. The Seafood Pancake was made with spring onion, shrimps, squid and scallops. Makkalchon’s most popular dish, the Spicy Chicken Vegetable Roll was a leaf of lettuce filled with rice, bean paste and spicy chicken - so delicious! 

Stop #3: The Loaded Dog Pub. After having some awesome authentic Vietnamese and Korean dishes, our Dishcrawlers were ready to get back to the basics! Karen, the manager at The Loaded Dog is really involved in community events and made sure to let us know they are “more than just a sports bar”! They love hosting local bands, sports teams and arm wrestling tournaments! On the night of our Dishcrawl an open mic night was happening with some lovely local talent entertaining the regular patrons. With 23 TV’s, The Loaded Dog is a great spot to catch any of your favourite sports games. Make sure to check out Karaoke night on Sundays! 


“72 Homerun” Slider, Famous Wings 3 Ways, Fresh Cut Fries   

We were treated to their most popular burger, the “72 Homerun” Slider that tasted just like a Big Mac - but 10 x better! The slider came with a side of their delicious Fresh Cut Fries that were perfectly crisp with just the right amount of salt. My favourite were the Famous Wings - Medium, Roasted Red Pepper and Cajun! 

Stop #4: Big Moe’s! Last, but certainly not least, our Dishcrawlers embarked upon the last restaurant and course of the evening - dessert! Big Moe’s is a burger, fries and funnel cake restaurant with 2 locations open in Scarborough. Yassir, the owner of this location had always dreamed of opening a funnel cake shop. He decided it would be easier to sell funnel cakes if they sold burgers and fries as well! Their signature burger is the Juicy Lucy - cheese stuffed inside a 5 oz. burger patty! If you get the chance to try Big Moe’s, make sure to ask them for the “Holy Moly”. It’s a secret menu item that isn’t listed on their regular menu! We came for the deep fried, calorie busting, carnival food staple - funnel cake! 


Funnel Cake with Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream, Strawberry Sauce and Icing Sugar

The sweet aroma of deep fried funnel cake is something that brings us back to our childhood. These 6 inch beauties were topped with a healthy serving of Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream from St. Clair Ice Cream, warm strawberry sauce and sprinkled icing sugar. Can you say dessert heaven?!

I hope our Dishcrawlers had as much fun as I did exploring the hidden gems of Wexford Heights on Lawrence Ave. E and we can't wait to return! Everybody who attended was amazingly friendly and open to the concept, as well as the fabulous restaurant owners who were so happy to host us! There are plenty of restaurants yet to be explored and we will uncover them - one Dishcrawl at a time! :)