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article imageCelebrity chefs rejoice at Toronto's annual Strawberry Festival Special

By Andrew Moran     Jun 18, 2011 in Food
Toronto - It's berry season and that means it's time to celebrate the berry at the annual St. Lawrence Market Strawberry Festival in downtown Toronto. Local celebrity chefs Michael Bonacini and Massimo Capra came out to commemorate the event.
We’re approaching the summer season, which means that the strawberry season has arrived right on time. Farmers have announced that strawberries appear to have gone back to its normal schedule. Last year, since it was an unseasonably early spring, the strawberry crop started approximately two weeks earlier.
In cities across North America, the strawberry is celebrated and esteemed by locals because of its taste and its economic benefits. In the small town of Owego, New York, thousands packed the streets to commemorate the 31st annual Strawberry Festival.
Celebrity chefs Massimo Capra (L) and Michael Bonacini.
Celebrity chefs Massimo Capra (L) and Michael Bonacini.
In Toronto, people gathered at the St. Lawrence Market to grab fresh strawberries and made their way to Market Lane to enjoy some of the festivities, including complimentary flowers and samples of chocolate covered strawberries and strawberry chocolate shortcake.
“This is a unique festival and is one of the many things that St. Lawrence Market hosts in the summer,” said Todd Scott, a vendor employee who sported the bright red t-shirt that promoted the Strawberry Festival. “Today we’re not just promoting the strawberry, but this is the opportunity to promote locally grown foods; whether it be asparagus, tomatoes or other types of berries.”
Local celebrity chefs Michael Bonacini and Massimo Capra provided a cooking demonstration at the Market Kitchen. They later held an autograph session where they signed cookbooks, including their latest one “3 Chefs: The Kitchen Men,” and spoke with some of their fans.
Festival organizers partnered with Citytv. They also thanked several market merchants for their assistance in the event, including Scheffler’s Deli, Greenery Patch, Cruda Cafe and many others.
On Tuesday, the City of Toronto will be hosting the National Aboriginal Day Strawberry Festival that will include a spiritual ceremony, a lecture on the history of First Nations and strawberries and a special Aboriginal ritual.
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