2015 Halal Food Fest Toronto Highlights

Halal Food Fest Toronto returned for the third year in a row to delight halal foodies in the city. Like previous years I attended the event along with my family on the opening day and enjoyed quite a few of  the diverse and delicious halal food options that it had to offer.

Halal Food Fest Toronto

The festival included two days of food, live demonstrations, seminars, cooking competitions, performances, kids`entertainment and more. It was spread over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space and was divided into five festival areas : Sample City, Shops , Main Stage, Street Fest and Kids Zone.

Sushi Demonstration with Chef Russell Auckbaraullee
Sushi Demonstration by Chef Russell Auckbaraullee

My daughters were thrilled to win the Instagram contest by Blossom and Bean where festival visitors were encouraged to click pics at the campfire photo booth and post them on Instagram with the hashtag #campsmores. They are eagerly waiting to receive their prize pack of halal gummy candies and marshmallows from Blossom and Bean.

Blossom and Bean Photo Booth
Blossom and Bean Photo Booth

We tasted quite a bit of variety in Sample City and particularly enjoyed the cupcakes by Loo Loo`s cakes, sweets from Al-Karam sweets and chicken wings from Black Ox Bistro. We also picked up some halal vitamins from Nutrimin, tea from Alokozay and frozen lasagna from Mecca Meals.

Cupcakes by Loo loo`s cakes
Cupcakes by Loo loo`s cakes

The Street Fest which is held outdoors is usually the most popular part of Halal Food Fest Toronto. This year heavy rains played spoilsport for the Street Fest . During the intermittent dry spells people were seen flocking to the outdoor area to get a taste of their favorite grilled delicacies. There were even some foodies who braved the elements to stand in line for their favorite burgers, ribs, steaks and more.

This year the most popular booths in Street Fest included The Holy Grill by Chef Aleem Syed, Black Ox Bistro, Daddy`s Halal Ribs and Burger Factory.

Daddy`s Halal Ribs
Daddy`s Halal Ribs

During a brief period of good weather we also got to watch a grilling techniques demonstration by Chef Russell Auckbaraullee which he had to cut short since rain was anticipated once again.

Grilling Demonstration by Chef Russell Auckbaraullee
Grilling Demonstration by Chef Russell Auckbaraullee

I also did some shopping from the numerous booths selling Islamic clothing, accessories home decor and more. Overall, it was a day well spent despite the weather. Kudos to the organizers for putting together an event of  this magnitude. I would definitely love to visit Halal Food Fest Toronto again next year.

Street Fest at Halal Food Fest Toronto
Street Fest at Halal Food Fest Toronto

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Disclaimer: I received complimentary media passes as well as giveaway passes for this event. However, as always all views and opinions expressed are my own. I did not receive any other compensation for this post.

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