(June 14, 2014) – The largest halal food festival in North America opened on Saturday at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario with record crowds from across the city showing up to take in the festivities.
“There’s lots to see, do and eat at Halal Food Fest Toronto this year,” said the organizers in a media release. “We’ve doubled our venue size from last year and have more things planned for the entire family in 7 festival areas.”
Halal Food Fest 2014 is a two-day event that attracted over 30,000 attendees last year and organizers have expanded the exhibit area to showcase more food and entertaining features and to accommodate the larger crowds.
“There will be plenty of sampling showcasing various types of delectable delights to please any palate – from pasta to steak to pad Thai, there will be a plethora of options to fulfill any foodie’s craving,” said the organizers.
“The popular Grill Master competition is not to be missed with amateur barbeque chefs competing to be Toronto’s best.”
The festival features ongoing live stage performances such as gluten free baking; edible container gardening and health focused mocktail demonstrations will showcase a variety of health related content to reinforce this year’s theme, “Living Well”.
There are also seminars on halal food and the booming halal food industry along with workshops throughout both festival days.
“We are delighted to once again be the presenting sponsor at the 2nd annual Halal Food Fest Toronto – Mina is proud to support the growing needs of Muslim Canadians by ensuring that authentic Zabeeha by Hand Halal products are conveniently and readily available at our local grocery stores, ” said Shilo Balgobin, Marketing Manager, Mina Foods and the presenting sponsor.
With Halal Food Making headlines globally, Halal Food Festival Founder Salima Jivraj believes Canada serves as an example for other countries.
“Recent amendments to Canadian food packaging requirements for halal food shows there is demand, and that we are evolving with this growth in a positive manner,” said Jivraj. “Since last year’s festival, we’ve witnessed so many new product launches, restaurant openings and more, it’s truly inspiring.”
With Ramadan only two weeks away from the festival, The Muslim Welfare Centre is on-site collecting non- perishable items for Project Ramadan Baskets as well as to educate attendees on their other community services such as Seniors Halal Meals on Wheels and Public School Nutrition.
The Halal Food Fest continues on Sunday at the International Centre, entrance 5 until 8 p.m.
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