TORONTO — “Summer is love” was strongly felt at this year’s Taste of Manila festival as the crowd danced along to ABS-CBN’s summer station ID.
Now on its 6th year, the event drew more than 400,000 locals and even out-of-towners to experience the festivities.
It’s dubbed as the biggest Filipino food festival in North America.
“From Buffalo New York and I come to visit here, I love it here… I think I’m moving here… Taste of Manila brought me here!”
“One thing I learned a little bit of history is that the strip is actually pretty Jewish community…they really welcomed the Filipino community.”
Food trucks and other vendors stretched more than half a mile along Bathurst Street, serving Flipino food and delicacies.
Government leaders were also in attendance, like the Minister of Immigration, Ahmed Hussen.
“I’ve been here so many years. Every year keeps getting bigger and better and as a Member of Parliament for York Southwestern who has a large Filipino-Canadian community, it gives me a special honour to join the community here to celebrate the Taste of Manila!”
The stellar performances of kapamilya stars Randy Santiago, Sheryn Regis, Jugs and Teddy, Inigo Pascual and Billy Crawford impressed huge fans who waited all day under the scorching sun.
And as the two-day event wrapped up, these Filipino Canadians are already looking forward to next year’s festivities.