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New Treat to Hit Ontario Streets

By Bob Ewing     Jul 8, 2007 in Lifestyle
Soon, residents of and visitors to towns, and cities throughout Ontario will have a wider array of street food to choose from. The provincial government is expanding the list of what can be sold.
I love street food. Perhaps it is not the food so much as the place that I am eating it, out on the street. One of the reasons that I enjoy the occasional visit to Toronto is to get a veggie dog from a street vendor and then stand and watch the world walk by as I eat it. This may be the best way to enjoy French fries.
I loved to be able to get a roti, falafel, or a veggie kabob on the street and do the same. Sit or stand and simply watch. Now the Ontario Government has taken a step towards making this a possibility.
George Smitherman, Ontario’s Health Minister, announced that street vendors will be allowed to expand their offerings beyond the standard dogs and sausages
According to the announcement, the food regulations have been updated to allow the sale of salads, fruit, hamburgers, pizza, samosas, non-dairy smoothies, burritos, corn on the cob and baked goods. The new regulations go into effect on August 1, 2007.
"We are also helping a new group of entrepreneurs showcase their culture's culinary contributions to their cities, Ontarians are at our best when we embrace the diversity of our people and our culture," Smitherman said.
Ontario municipalities are responsible for determining licensing requirements, which include menus and locations. The food vending carts are subject to food safety inspections.
I may have a reason to visit Toronto, I used to go for the food and a visit to Sam the Record Man but have not done so for several years.
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