Taste of Regent Park

“Taste of Regent Park is so positive – children, families, friends building a strong community; seeing the same faces, learning about different cultures, eating amazing food!”

Taste of Regent Park is a family-friendly festival that animates our community’s namesake green space, also known as “Big Park,” with a celebration of food, community and culture. Held on Wednesday evenings through the summer, Taste of Regent Park features an affordable produce market providing local, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. A pay-what-you-can community meal is cooked each week by local caterers, and Friends of Regent Park fire up the Bake Oven and serve delicious, fresh-baked snacks, like Trinidadian Doubles. Local vendors and performers round out the activities each week.

What’s On – Winter/Spring

CRC_MelanieGordonPhotography-448-8881Pizza in the Park  To keep the festivities and good food running throughout the year, (even the cold months!) we serve affordable made-from-scratch, build-your-own, fire oven-baked pizzas out of the bake oven at the Big Park, made from fresh ingredients for only $5 a pizza!  We run the event on a “pop-up” basis, so it is weather dependent.  Each week we announce the event on the Taste of Regent Park Facebook page. Check-in often to stay up-to-date for all Pizza and Taste of Regent Park news, events and opportunities.

What’s On – Summer 2019

36188241_1850647871659836_3251488129395195904_nProduce Market – Local fruits and vegetables, fresh and directly from Ontario farms, are available at affordable prices each week. Seasonal fruit and vegetables include strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peas, beans, peaches, corn, kale, spinach, onions, garlic and more, change weekly, depending on availability.

Woodfire B37069494_1877104972347459_6896643095601872896_nake Oven – Community volunteers are trained in operating the outdoor woodfire Bake Oven in the middle of “Big Park” and use it to make fresh-baked goodies. The oven is run in cooperation with Friends of Regent Park, a volunteer group of residents in the community.

Community Meal – Community cooks from a diversity of cultures prepare a fulsome and healthy meal each week. Meals are offered on a pay-what-you-can basis, with a suggested donation of $4. Proceeds help cover operating costs of Taste or Regent Park and benefit CRC|Regent Park Community Food Centre’s ongoing work in support of local caterers.

Local Vendors – Small-scale vendors sell a variety of wares, from ethnic foods and snacks to jewelry, clothing, and crafts.

Artists and Performers – A wide range of artists perform at the festival. Local musicians and young artists play everything from jazz to country music to reggae. Resident groups showcase traditional world dances, hip-hop, Bollywood dancing, Salsa, and more. From circus performers care of Regent Park’s Square Circles to DJs, rappers and drummers, there’s no shortage of fun in the park!

Activities – Gabanner photomes, face painting and other children’s activities are staples at the festival, but partnerships with many fantastic organizations ensure there is something for the inquisitive adult, too! Come enjoy a smoothie prepared by Charlie’s Free Wheels’ Bicycle Blender, or learn the basics of bike repair from Regent Wheels. Fun, educational science-based workshops for kids will be happening at the end of the season. Not Far from the Tree will join us to instruct on the art of cider making. Don’t miss out!

 Our Impact Goals

Mission: The CRC provides innovative solutions which help residents of Regent Park and the surrounding neighbourhoods enrich community well-being, improve economic conditions, realize their potential and direct their lives. We prioritize our efforts toward individuals and families facing barriers (e.g., caused by poverty, inequity, discrimination).

Stimulate social engagement and increase safety in Toronto’s Downtown East: To provide a safe, welcoming space where diverse people come together, meet their neighbours, get to know their community and experience new foods, activities, and cultures – and have fun together. Social inclusion across the economic divide is a significant aim of the Regent Park revitalization and Taste of Regent Park is one of the few initiatives that successfully achieves that key goal

Increase good food access: To increase access to fresh, deeply affordable, and locally-grown produce – things that residents can’t always find at affordable prices in grocery stores, such as fresh-picked Ontario strawberries.

Foster local employment and training opportunities: To provide a venue for local vendors, caterers and artists to market and sell their goods. The pay-what-you-can Community Meals are prepared by residents who are professionalizing their culinary skills as part of CRC’s Food Skills programming.

Get Involved

You can participate in three main ways:

AnimateToRP Henna the park. We invite local residents and community groups to come animate the park with us, showcasing the many talents, skills, and strengths of the Regent Park community. If you are a painter, come sell painting. If you make balloon animals, come do that. If you’re a dancer, come do a workshop. The possibilities are endless.

Volunteer. Taste of Regent Park is reliant on volunteers to help set up, take down, serve meals, sell produce, and more.  It’s energetic, fun and public-facing – the perfect setting for corporate groups, small groups of friends, youth, or individuals to contribute to the good of the community.

Attend the event!  Just bring yourself, your family, and your friends. Come enjoy and appreciate what Regent Park has to offer. Every purchase that you make, whether it’s from local vendors or the Community Meal, benefits the community.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, or are interested in participating in the market (caterer, vendor, artist, performer, etc), please contact:

Cavell Hart
Market and Catering Coordinator
416-363-4234, ext 237

Find Us Online:
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