Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth festival has been canceled for 2022

Taste of the Danforth has been canceled.

Despite six months of talks with the city to address “logistical issues”, organizers of the popular three-night, two-day festival said they simply couldn’t make it work and have decided to “reimagine” this year’s event.

“The short time available to adapt the event to changes in the street meant that Taste of the Danforth in 2022 had too great a risk of not being as successful as in the past,” Greektown told the improvement area. Danforth (BIA) said in a statement on Twitter.

“Our members and the community at large have high expectations for a big event.”

The business association said instead that it would organize “localized” events in the strip.

“We will now take the time, working side by side with the city and all of our partners, to deliver the best Taste of the Danforth ever in 2023,” the BIA said.

Earlier this month, festival organizers reiterated their request to remove designated bike lanes and CafeTO patios from sidewalk lanes during the event.

At the time, Toronto City spokesman Brad Ross said Taste of the Danforth organizers must accept this “new reality” if they want to move forward with their event.

On June 1, he said removing and re-installing bike lanes and sidewalk patios is an “important undertaking.”

“We’re looking for at least nine days of downtime when it comes to removing bike lanes and CafeTO facilities and then having to reinstall them,” Ross told CP24.

Today, he said the city “understands” the BIA’s decision and values ​​that “the best way to ensure the long-term success of the festival is to postpone its resumption until 2023.”

In a statement provided to CP24, Ross said the city “will continue to work collaboratively with all BIAs at festivals and looks forward to working with GreekTown at Danforth BIA on a Taste of the Danforth reimagined in 2023.”

He also said the city would help Greektown in the Danforth BIA “in every way possible, as this summer brings events located in Danforth, where everyone can enjoy the music, food and vibrant community for which Danforth is known. “.

Local Council. Paula Fletcher also said she respects the BIA’s determination that “the best option for reclaiming a successful Taste of the Danforth is to reimagine the event for 2023 to allow for an extra year of planning for this popular street festival.”

“Like so many Toronto-Danforth residents, I will be celebrating the vibrant business community and street atmosphere at GreekTown this summer with its 32 CaféTO patios and live street music, and I will welcome citywide residents to join us. be with us and keep supporting our local businesses, ”the Toronto-Danforth representative said in a statement.

“I’m sure when Taste returns to Danforth, it will be worth the wait.”

After a two-year pandemic break, Taste of the Danforth was scheduled for August 5-7 on Danforth Avenue, from Broadview to Donlands Avenue.

Considered one of the largest street festivals in Canada, it was expected to receive about 1.6 million visitors over three days.

In 2019, the event had an economic impact of approximately $ 70 million, organizers said.

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