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Fiera Italian Festival

Street sign above the Fiera festival reading Little Italy.

Street sign above the Fiera festival reading Little Italy.

The Festival

Today I went to the Fiera Italian festival in Toronto’s Little Italy. If the Italian weddings and other gatherings I’ve attended are any indication, the celebration of food is an important part of social events amongst Italians. I came to the festival expecting to see a wide array of both traditional and edgy new Italian cuisine. I wasn’t disappointed.

Well crafted little adventures in cuisine ... standard and not so standard fare with a little twist.

Well crafted little adventures in cuisine ... standard and not so standard fare with a little twist.

The skin of this roast pig held in the heat to keep the meat inside very hot.

The skin of this roast pig held in the heat to keep the meat inside very hot.

The Food

In this world of fast food, instant road rage, and approaching deadlines the opportunity to linger in the company of familiar friends and loved ones has become too unfamiliar. But in this corner of Italy in the new world all those who came to take part in the festival got the opportunity to do just that.

The Atmosphere

Patios normally enclose small areas outside the restaurants along College St. west of Bathurst St. during the summer. Some of these patios now stretched past the sidewalks, extending their invitation to all passersby. The smell of roasting meats and the sight of well presented dishes encouraged further encouraged that one take the time to enter and indulge in both the cuisine and perhaps even some spirited conversation inspired by the unique ambiance of Toronto’s Little Italy.

When carrying a full load of passengers these colorful little cars must have been enough of a tight squeeze to have left no room for anything other than getting to know your fellow passengers extremely well.

When carrying a full load of passengers these colorful little cars must have been enough of a tight squeeze to have left no room for anything other than getting to know your fellow passengers extremely well.

Italy's small roads would make small cars right at home.

Italy's narrow roads would make these small cars right at home.

The Music

Every other block was claimed by individual bands. Some were stationed outside a specific cafe or restaurant and serenaded the patrons along with passing pedestrians. The music of Vinz Deroza attracted an especially lively crowd. I could recognize from the look of happy nostalgia on the faces of the older Italian men and women who danced hand in hand, that the music inspired memories of joyful times in the past. I felt privileged to be part of the celebration.

Fil Bianco on the drum jams with fellow musicians at the Fiera Italian Festival.

Fil Bianco on the drum jams with fellow musicians at the Fiera Italian Festival.

A band takes the stage at Fiera.

A band takes the stage at Fiera.

Vinz and the band kept the crowd dancing.

Vinz and the band kept the crowd dancing.

Older couples dancing to music that pulled on long forgotten heartstrings.

Older couples dancing to music that pulled on long forgotten heartstrings.

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