In recent years, international food festivals and days of appreciation have become widely popular among the foodies of the world. Whether you’re celebrating international donut day, or grilled cheese day, there’s one snack that reigns supreme in Canada: Mac and Cheese festival. The festival, which is really just a two-day eat-a-thon, is a testament to Canadian’s love of all things cheese. To make sure you get the best out of the festival, JustFly reviews some quick tips, tricks, and facts that’ll get you ready for the festival.
When and Where is it?
Located in the trendy district of Liberty Village in the south west corner of Toronto’s busy urban centre, this is an ideal location to host one of the busiest food festivals the city has seen in recent years. The location is a favourite among young, urban professionals as well has become a strong community, with young families and businesses thriving in the area.
Getting to Liberty Village is simple, it’s a straight walk down from the 24hr King St. streetcar, or can be easily accessed with an automobile. Seeing as the festival typically runs in the first week of June, walking along the scenic paths to Liberty Village is also a great way to enjoy the city and see its development.
JustFly recommends getting to the venue early, as there’ll probably be a line up to get in and get your ticket. Like most major events, the crowds that come when it’s “fashionably late” are large and in charge, so do yourself a favour and get to the ticket booth early!
Rather than asking who’s there, the more appropriate question is to ask who isn’t? The best and hungriest cheese eaters Toronto has ever seen make their way to try the cheese-coctions from the city’s best chefs. Whether they’re owners of popular food trucks like The Holy Grill Food Truck, or if they’re from happening and established restaurants like Oats & Ivy, come one and come all!
As the festival’s popularity grows, so do the numbers of attendees, which JustFly reiterates, is one of the main reasons to show up early. Last year, the festival had an unexpected 46,000 visitors show up to the event, baffling the staff, restaurateurs, and those who live in the neighbourhood.
What to expect to eat?
Almost anything you can smother cheese on, you’ll have it. Last year’s favourites included mac and cheese inspired ice cream, samosas, lasagnas, and more.
Why do people eat so much mac n’cheese?
Canadians love macaroni and cheese. So much so, that it’s estimated Canadians buy almost 1.7 million boxes of Kraft Dinner every week to consume. That’s a lot of macaroni! If you asked a Canadian why they’re so obsessed with this little blue box of cheesy heaven, most will tell you that it’s a reflective of their childhood, and associates the food with good and happy memories. No matter the reason, it’s safe to say that any cheese lover definitely needs to find their way to this festival!