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July 13, 2007
Toronto Street Treats showcases diverse street food possibilities
Toronto residents received a preview today of the exciting new food possibilities that could arrive on city streets by next spring. The event - Toronto Street Treats - was organized by Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health, restaurant operators Guy and Michael Rubino, and community advocates of healthy, affordable and culturally diverse street food.

“This is the most exciting project I've ever been involved with,” Councillor Filion said. “We have the potential here to transform the face of Toronto in a very positive way.”

Fifteen of the city's most creative chefs and food vendors showcased their creations to a lunch-hour crowd at Nathan Phillips Square. Their creations included five spiced Chinese melon soup with curried shellfish, Florentine tripe stew, grilled tofu, Ontario green asparagus, crêpes and souvlaki.

In addition to providing food that is healthy, interesting, and reflects the cultural diversity of the city, other benefits of the new Toronto Street Food according to Councillor Filion include: promoting tourism, enhancing public space, providing easy access to healthy affordable choices in priority neighbourhoods, creating job opportunities, promoting local produce and products, providing an entry point for new food retailers with little capital, and providing new opportunities for existing businesses to promote their products.

Recently, the provincial government announced it will expand the types of street food available to citizens starting Aug. 1, 2007, including foods that reflect our cultural diversity. Councillor Filion is developing an implementation plan for Toronto.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor John Filion, Chair of the Board of Health, 416-395-6411



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