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December 12, 2008
Toronto a la Cart seeking street food vendors with global flare
Calling all cooks! Cooks from all cultural and ethnic backgrounds are invited to apply to own and operate one of the new street food carts as part of the Toronto a la Cart pilot project that was approved by Toronto City Council on December 2. The carts serving ethnically diverse, nutritious foods will hit the streets this spring.

“With this project, we’re taking street food to a new level in Toronto. I want to personally encourage cooks from all corners of the world to take part in this competition and help make history in this city,” said Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 - Willowdale). “I hope to see applicants from as many different ethnic backgrounds as possible, and I look forward to tasting all of the foods.”

Applications will be made available online at, by e-mail to, or by phoning 416-397-4637. Those interested in applying for one of the Toronto a la Cart food carts must attend one of three mandatory information sessions in order for applications to be processed. Applications will be available at these sessions.

The sessions will be held at the following times and locations:

Friday December 19, 2008, 10 a.m. - noon
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd floor, 100 Queen Street W.

Wednesday January 7, 2009, 10 a.m. - noon
Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd floor, 100 Queen Street W.

Wednesday January 7, 2009, 7- 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.

If an applicant cannot attend any of these sessions in person, they may send an agent in their place. The agent must identify themselves as attending on behalf of the applicant. Applicants are free to bring guests to assist with interpretation and translation. Pre-registration is not required for these sessions.

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 numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor John Filion, 416-392-0210,;
Rishma Govani, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974,



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