Toronto’s favourite Italian celebration is set to hit the streets this weekend and there’s more than just delicious food to look forward to!

The Taste of Italy Street Festival will be taking over Little Italy between Bathurst Street and Shaw Street from Friday to Sunday, June 14th-16th. 

The festival will feature over 200 local businesses to shop and dine along with live music and street performances to keep the energy going all weekend. There will also be special activities that focus on the Lazio, Basilicata, and Molise regions of Italy.

It’s everything Italian, all in one place!

This year, Taste of Italy will be hosting a brand new attraction, one that’s meant to educate, inspire, and draw attention to the area’s rich cultural heritage. 

Taste of Italy
Photo via Little Italy BIA

Head over to College and Grace Street to see the unveiling of a new immersive projection art show highlighting the history of Toronto’s beloved Italian community. 

This immersive art show will be open to the public for the festival weekend. The projection show takes you through the history of Little Italy, celebrating its milestones and the enduring legacy of local businesses. 

It’s a tribute to the Italian immigrants and their Canadian dream that set the stage for everything the community has become. 

See how the neighbourhood has evolved over the years and soak up everything that makes the community both a timeless icon and a trendy tourist spot. 

Taste of Italy
Photo via Little Italy BIA

It’s a merging of past, present, and future, all strung together in a beautiful story led by storytellers Connie Mastrangelo, Chair of Little Italy BIA, Vinita Kalia, Community Manager, Maria Galipo, Board Director, Sauvé MacBean, Project Manager and created and produced by AVA Animation & Visual Arts, with photos from Vincenzo Pietropaolo.

This is the immersive art show’s first year at the Taste of Italy festival, so make sure to check it out while you’re there!

TASTE OF LITTLE ITALY

When: Friday, June 14th to Sunday, June 16th 2024
Where: Between Bathurst Street and Shaw Street
Cost: Free to attend