Where will I be this weekend? Hanging out at the Taste of Lawrence Festival, eating all the things, playing games, listening to great music, and watching Boo on the midway rides. This annual event has become a tradition in our family, and not just because it's walking distance from our home. We always have a fun time, and it's a wonderful way to try out new, local restaurants and vendors.
This street festival opens tonight (July 3) at 6pm and runs through Sunday at 7pm, taking over Lawrence Ave East between Birchmount and Warden. There will be over 130 street vendors, midway rides and games, and two stages featuring live entertainment throughout the weekend.
The Family Stage will feature a variety of performers and character meet and greets, including your favourite superheroes; Anna and Elsa; Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and Captain Hook.
On the Main Stage I'm particularly looking forward to hearing the Canadian reggae group Messenjah on Saturday night at 9:30. Bonus for us? We can hear the performances from our back deck!
What am I most looking forward to? The food! Scarborough is so very diverse, and we have an amazing range of multicultural food options from which to choose. Tons of cultures will be represented along this stretch of Lawrence this weekend, and I plan to try as many as I can. One thing I always go for? Malaysian Murtabek. Love it! Malaysian Kitchen will be there to cure my craving. Food trucks and local restaurants will be in attendance, serving everything from Egyptian shawerma, to tornado fries, to curried goat, to lobster nachos. There's even a truck selling bannock tacos. Hmmm. And of course it wouldn't be a festival without Beavertails and Tiny Tom's being there!
Boo meanwhile is all about the rides. I'll buy him a string of tickets and let him check out the offerings. With any luck his favourite mini roller coaster will be there.
Or maybe the giant slide.
Either way - we're sure to have fun! If you're in the east end, be sure to stop by the festivities!