Feast of St. Lawrence offers five great events in one at St. Lawrence Market from August 16 to 18|
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The City of Toronto and St. Lawrence Market merchants have organized their
second annual Feast of St. Lawrence, which will take place in and around the
St. Lawrence Market Complex from Friday, August 16 to Sunday, August 18. Except
where noted, admission to all Feast of St. Lawrence events is free.
The weekend kicks off at 4 p.m. on August 16 with the Friday Night Oyster Roast
in Market Lane Park. Similar to events in the southern United States, this will
be a fun evening for friends and neighbours to get together and enjoy good food
(mostly seafood), good music, good drink, and good times. Market Lane Park
extends between King and Front Streets East, immediately west of the North St.
Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Hall buildings. Tickets are $10 at the gate.
Toronto area seafood restaurants and suppliers, including many from the St.
Lawrence Market itself, will participate in the main event, the Feast of St.
Lawrence, on Saturday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, August
18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff representing participating businesses will
offer visitors a chance to sample an extensive seafood menu, including lobster,
mussels, oysters and a wide variety of fish, in Market Lane Park and on
sidewalks along Front Street East.
This year, Market Lane Park will also be the site for the second annual St.
Lawrence Market Wine and Cheese Expo. People of legal drinking age can sample
some of Ontario's finest wines and cheeses. Live east coast entertainers,
including Dan Arnovich, Nonie Creete and The Bad Boys, will be on stage
throughout the event, which runs on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday
from noon to 6 p.m.
The first annual North American Oyster-Shucking Championships will also take
place in Market Lane Park. Oyster-shuckers from Canada and the United States
will compete. The preliminary rounds will run on Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m.,
with the championship round starting on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Last year's successful Treasures of St. Lawrence sale will take place again
this year, on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m., to 5
p.m. Tables of treasures for sale by local residents and some arts and crafts
dealers will fill Market Street, between Front Street East and the Esplanade,
immediately west of the South St. Lawrence Market. Proceeds will support the
St. Lawrence Community Bulletin's Emergency Fund. The Emergency Fund helps St.
Lawrence neighbourhood residents who need financial assistance as the result of
an unexpected situation such as a fire or medical emergency.
The St. Lawrence Market Complex is located at Front Street East and Jarvis
Street in downtown Toronto. Parking will be available at the Toronto Parking
Authority lot located at the south end of Market Street.
For more information, please visit www.stlawrencemarket.com.