Greektown Toronto is a popular district east of downtown that is home to one of the largest concentrations of Greek people in the city. There are approximately 200,000 people of Greek descent in Toronto, the largest population outside of Greece itself, and the Greektown district on Danforth Avenue is the focal point of this population. There are a wide variety of Greek restaurants and specialty stores and there are always fun and exciting Greektown Toronto events on the calendar.
Whether it is shopping, eating, drinking, or dancing, you will always be able to find things to do in Greektown Toronto. It is one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighborhoods in a city that has plenty of great areas. It has one of the highest concentrations of restaurants per mile in the world and specialty shops that sell everything from jewelry and clothing, to bridal wear and birthday cakes. Greektown Toronto is a regular destination for residents of the city who visit the district for the wide variety of authentic Greek restaurants, as well as the cafes, bars, and clubs. There is a lot of action beyond the restaurants, as good as they are, and many Greektown Toronto events are held at the clubs and various markets. The biggest event of all, however, is the Taste of Danforth annual Greek Festival. It is one of the most popular Greek festivals in the world and is a hugely popular event in the city of Toronto.
The Taste of Danforth was first celebrated in 1994 and was attended by a modest 5,000 people. Over the years as awareness of the event has grown and the number of things to do in Greektown Toronto has increased, the festival has exploded in popularity. The Taste of Danforth is now attended by over 1 million visitors each and every year. People from all over the world come to take part in this two and a half day event where Greek food, dance, drink, and entertainment are all just a part of the fun times.
The Taste of Danforth is easily the most popular of all the things to do in Greektown Toronto. In fact, along with the Toronto Film Festival and Caribana Festival, it consistently ranks as one of the most well-liked events in the city. For two and a half days, countless vendors serve sumptuous Greek delights that range the entire gamut of Helenic delicacies. There are several stages where bands, orchestras, and plays are held. Traditional Greek dance performances are held on the Greek Stage and the Celebrity Stage features reproduction of such Broadway performances and cinematic classics as The Sound of Music and Jersey Boys.
There are also vendors selling unique and one-of-a-kind goods in the Greek tradition. Greektown Toronto is always a fun place to visit, but the excitement goes through the roof for the couple of days in August that the Danforth welcomes this awesome event. Of all the Greektown Toronto events, this is the one you want to be sure not to miss. If you are already planning a trip in the summer, you should consider waiting until August to experience Toronto favorites like the Taste of Danforth in August and the Toronto Film Festival at the beginning of September.