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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

 

Thursday, 21 March 2013 20:00

Culinary tour of Wexford slated for Scarborough’s first Dishcrawl

from the Scarborough Mirror:

Take a culinary tour through Wexford during Scarborough’s first Dishcrawl Wednesday, March 27, sampling delicious offerings from four different Lawrence Avenue East restaurants.

Participants will travel in a group to and from the restaurants, where they will be served several in-house specialties.

“They get to socialize and talk over some food and try some restaurants they might not have thought to choose before,” said Jennifer Thompson, Scarborough Dishcrawl ambassador.

“A lot of Scarborough is made up of little strip plazas, and it can be intimidating trying to think of which restaurant to go in to. But honestly, the restaurants I chose are all really awesome. They all have really nice menus. Really affordable and good places that you can bring your family.”

At each location, dishcrawlers will hear from owners and chefs who will talk about their restaurants and food.

“A dishcrawl provides more than just a full stomach,” said 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.”

The restaurant locations are kept secret until 48 hours before the event. One location, Makkalchon, a Korean restaurant, was leaked by Thompson recently through the Dishcrawl Scarborough Twitter, www.twitter.com/dishcrawlsbh/. Clues to other participating locations can also be found on the Twitter page.

Ticket holders will receive an email letting them know where to meet when the restaurants are officially revealed.

The event starts at 7 p.m., running until approximately 10 p.m. Participants will spend about 45 minutes at each restaurant, before walking to the next. All the restaurants are located close together, in total guests will spend less than 10 minutes walking.

Limited tickets are still available for a discounted price of $50, plus HST and processing. Guests can save another $5 off the price by entering the promotional code spring5 when buying tickets through the Dishcrawl Scarborough website, www.dishcrawl.com/scarborough/. Drinks must be purchased separately.

“Fourty-five dollars for four restaurants in one night. It’s perfect,” said Thompson.

“Anybody that loves food, anybody that’s up for a little bit of an adventure, it’s something that’s different. There’s pub crawls out there and you can go to different bars, but there’s nothing really out there when you can go to four different restaurants in one night and get a delicious sampling of food that you never thought to try before.”