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Canada is a proudly multicultural country comprised of people from all backgrounds and ethnicities—and Toronto is no exception! The city boasts a diverse population of Canadians with roots in countries like Korea, China, and the Philippines. Specifically, Toronto has a vibrant and rich Caribbean community, which is being celebrated this August with several events taking place across the city.
The Afro-Carib Festival returns to Scarborough on Aug 24-25 for its eighth year running. This annual award-winning festival celebrates the diversity and excellence of African and Caribbean culture through fun-filled weekend festivities. People of all ages can enjoy this completely free event, which features a variety of music, arts and dance performances, as well as exquisite Caribbean cuisine.
The festival is presented by the Heritage Skills Development Centre (HSDC), a grassroots non-profit organization with a special mission to address the struggles immigrants, minorities, and refugees face when moving to the Greater Toronto Area. Events like the Afro-Carib festival is a highly-anticipated celebration and staple for the Caribbean community. Mark your calendar and don't miss out.
Don't jerk around this Labour Day weekend, get yourself to the Ca-Rib, Jerk and BBQ Fest featuring the One Love Music Festival at Downsview Park. This festival is the largest 4-day Caribbean music and food festival in North America. Dance to heavy-hitters in reggae, dance hall and soca. And, as the name says, try the best rib vendors around town.
Spend your weekend dancing and feasting at this family-friendly affair. Since the entrance is free, the only thing you need to worry about is the line-up. Save the date and get there early.
If you've never been to or heard of the Caribbean Street Food Festival, you're in for a wickedly delicious treat. On Sunday, August 31 the festival returns to Daniel's Spectrum on Dundas East Street. Free your spirit and feed your soul with this last hurrah for the summer.
Find gourmet traditional Caribbean meals, like a modernized Manish Water prepared by Chef Noel— a Jamaican soup with a coconut reduction and green banana chip topping. You can also try flaky Haitian saltfish (codfish), beef patties, sweet potato pone, and a run and red stripe beer food pairing. End your summer with a clap and a bang at this fun and filling festival.
After celebrating Caribbean culture throughout the city, hit snooze at a Best Western Plus Travel Hotel Toronto Airport—where you can find newly renovated luxurious rooms at reasonable rates. Best of all, it's nearby the Pearson airport, yet only a quick drive to all the Caribbean festival activities, making it the best choice for a quick weekend getaway. Book your stay today!