Toronto's Taste of the Danforth festival cancelled for 2022

The Taste of the Danforth has been called off. "The short timeline available to adapt the event to the changes in the street meant that Taste of the Danforth in 2022 was at too great a risk of not being as successful as in the past," Greektown on...

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ShralpShralpShralp
ShralpShralpShralp
168 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Every other street festival seems to have figured it out.

decitertiember
decitertiember
132 · 6 days ago · Reddit

As a Greektown resident, I don't really mind because the festival is often a headache.

But, honestly, the restaurants really could have used the extra income that the festival brings and its idiotic that the BIA couldn't work around freakin bike lanes.

helix527
helix527
97 · 6 days ago · Reddit

The Executive Director of the Greektown BIA is Mary Fragedakis, who ran for the Liberals in this month's election. Taking a leave from your gig two months before your BIA's major yearly event is a bad look, especially with the festival now being cancelled.

handipad
handipad
43 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Very strong “nobody goes there anymore - it’s too crowded” energy in this thread.

ivanvector
ivanvector
25 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Plenty of street festivals all over the city have adjusted just fine to expanded patios and active transportation. The Greektown BIA had plenty of time to adapt to the new street layout, but they really never wanted to, they wanted to use their popular festival to force the city to revert the street to its 1950s configuration, and there's no chance at all they weren't going to try to stop those bike lanes and patios from coming back after the festival was over. And now that the city didn't cave to their ridiculous demands, they're taking their ball and going home. Well, good riddance.

As always, if you want to support the excellent businesses and restaurants along Danforth Avenue, they'll appreciate your patronage whenever and however you go.

tiiiki
tiiiki
24 · 6 days ago · Reddit

They had two years to figure out the new road layout. Why they didn't just expand more to the east and spread things out is beyond me.

beef-supreme
beef-supreme
17 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Earlier this month, the BIA reiterated its request to remove designated bike lanes and curb lane CafeTO patios during the event.

At that time, City of Toronto spokesperson 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 reinstalling bike lanes and curbside patios is a “significant undertaking.”

“We are looking at least, at a minimum, nine days of disruption in terms of removing bike lanes and CafeTO installations and then having to reinstall them,” he told CP24.

a few weeks ago in a Star article:

The way the street is now, there won’t be enough space to sell to advertisers who pay for the festival every year, according to Mary Fragedakis, executive director of GreekTown on the Danforth BIA.

Fragedakis said one suggestion was that Taste organizers consider moving the festival westward on to the Bloor Viaduct bridge.

“That doesn’t do anything for Greektown,” said Fragedakis. “None of our businesses are on the bridge.”

yohowithrum
yohowithrum
15 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I don’t understand how this was made so unnecessarily complicated. Welcome to Toronto.

trojanlifestyle
trojanlifestyle
15 · 6 days ago · Reddit

This festival was great during first five years of existence. The decline of the number of Greek restaurants has lowered its appeal.

PinkShoelaces
PinkShoelaces
13 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Hot take, but very little of value was lost. I last went in 2018 and it wasn't that great

TorontoBoris
TorontoBoris
10 · 6 days ago · Reddit

I find this idea of removing/​reinstalling CafeTO patios and bike lanes thing puzzling.

I watch a work crew a few weeks ago move a bunch of a bollards/​dividers to the curb in a few minutes. When I can back later that day they were back in their usual place separating the bike lane.

I get that moving 5-6 bollards/​dividers is a simple task compared to removing all of them from a few blocks on each side of the street. But unless I've missed something. None of those are permanently bolted to the road..

tshaksur
tshaksur
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

One of the most over rated street festival. Expensive food with lineups up to 15 minutes. Only saving grace is Danforth is on subway line.

hotinhereTO
hotinhereTO
6 · 6 days ago · Reddit

People that keep posting saying the festival isn't good anymore or no value was lost...yeah TO YOU.

But the reality is ToTD brings in a lot of money that weekend and clearly it's a high-value event in Toronto considering how packed it is every year. I haven't gone in years, doubt I'll ever go again, but to act like its not good for the general public is snobby and ignorant.

jerirons2022
jerirons2022
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

That's a shame. Everything has been opening up.

I think something could of worked out. But I'm in involved in the discussions so it's just speculation. I'm really disappointed. I really like TOD.

The_Mayor
The_Mayor
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

Where am I supposed to find $10 ears of corn now?

NEeZ44
NEeZ44
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

oh no.. where will I get my 10$ stick of small marble sized dried up over cooked chicken souvlaki?

cabbagetown_tom
cabbagetown_tom
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

This is probably for the best. The event was getting too big. There were times walking through the hoards where you could barely move. I remember thinking that if a fire or shooting or something terrible happened there would be complete chaos and trampling.

The smaller events are a good compromise.

gedubedangle
gedubedangle
5 · 6 days ago · Reddit

why couldn't they leave the patios? reroute the bike lanes for two days? i don't care either way but them 'having to remove them and put them back' seems like overkill