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Taste of Regent Park

Read the Taste of Regent Park Press Release from July 18, 2017!ToRPoverview

Taste of Regent Park is a family-friendly festival that animates our community’s namesake green space, also known as “The Big Park,” with a celebration of food and culture. Held on Wednesday evenings through the summer, Taste of Regent Park features a produce market providing access to local, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices, along with staples like artisan bread and honey.  A pay-what-you-can community meal is cooked each week by different caterers from the community, and a woodfire oven in the park serves up delicious, fresh-baked snacks. Small-scale local vendors and organizational partners round out the event with food, clothing, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, music, dance, workshops, performances, and much more!

As one participant said, the festival is “so positive – children, families, friends building a strong community; seeing the same faces, learning about different cultures, eating amazing food!”

What’s On at the Festival

Produce MarketProduce Market – Local fruits and vegetables, fresh and directly from Ontario farms, are available each week. Selections, including strawberries, raspberries, cherries, peas, beans, peaches, corn, and more, change weekly, depending on availability.

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.

Bake Oven – Community volunteers are trained in operating the outdoor woodfire bake oven in the middle of The 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.

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 from UforChange, there’s no shortage of fun in the park!

ToRP HennaActivities – Games, 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. SciCommTo is joining us this year to lead a fun, yet educational, “Science of the Circus” workshop Not Far from the Tree will join us to instruct on the art of cidermaking. Don’t miss out!

Our Impact Goals

Food access: We aim to provide access to fresh, affordable, and locally-grown produce – things that you can’t always find in grocery stores, like fresh-picked Ontario Strawberries.

Local employment and professional training opportunities: The festival is provided as a venue for local vendors and artists to market and sell their goods. The pay-what-you-can Community Meals are cooked each week by Regent Park residents who are interested in professionalizing their culinary skills and entering the catering industry. They are supported by staff with catering experience, who provide mentorship, training, and industry insights.

Social engagement: Regent Park is a highly diverse community, and becoming moreso with the current revitalization process. A core vision of Taste of Regent Park is a safe space, where diverse peoples can come together, meet their neighbours, get to know their community, experience new things – new foods, activities, and cultures – and have fun together.

Get Involved

You can participate in three main ways:Produce Market - Bread

Animate 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 us at rpcommunitymarket@gmail.com.

Weekly Schedule – Summer 2017

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