Riverside is the place to be on the First Weekend of June, with the dynamic duo of Eats & Beats in Riverside StreetFEST and The Riverdale Art Walk – with a Pan Am flair!
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On Saturday, June 6th, from 1:00PM-6:00PM, the Riverside District (Located on historic Queen St. East between the DVP and Empire Ave) is hosting their annual spring Eats & Beats StreetFEST – this year, with a Pan Am flair, celebrating Pan Am’s TO2015 IGNITE! The festival will showcase Riverside’s family-friendly food outlets and unique small town in the big city atmosphere, with a Caribbean and Latin twist.
The Riverside District is renowned for its home design shops, heritage architecture, coffee shops, food providers and popular contemporary restaurants. Local eateries will be opening their doors serving tasting plates and musical entertainment in the heart of Queen Street East.
This year we have a whole host of different activities happening:
ON BROADVIEW AVE
An Síbin Pub Presents “Bringing Down Broadview”
Broadview Ave will have a diversity of food fun and all sorts of funk. An Síbin will have a lineup of musical acts. Get a taste of Celtic, Samba and Jazzy beats food, music, and drink! Enjoy a BBQ Feast and some of Ontario’s Best Craft Beers on the Back Patio & Beer Garden. 1:00pm Don Valley Stompers bring down the house; 3:00pm get your funk on with the Turbo Street Funk Band. 4:00pm Move it with Samba Elégua’s – no fakin’ / earth quakin’ / booty shakin’ style. Irish Pub fare prix fixe begins at 5pm. Come for the after-party for some Irish morsels and show off your Gaelic foot work with guest Celtic band. For the kids, visit BMO Kid’s Fun Tent & BMO Bear from 1:00pm – 6:00pm.
ON MUNRO ST
Bike it! Block Party on Munro Street – Bring out the bike! We’ll be celebrating Bike month starting with Spinning sessions with Quad. Oma Chiropractic, Quince Flowers and Ward 30 Bikes invite you to their Bike Rodeo, with bike decorating, and prizes for the most “done up” bike. Switchback Cyclery will be teaching people how to change a flat and answering all your bike questions! Plus many other bike-centered fun times.
ON SAULTER ST
Culinary Adventure Co.’s Chef’s Tent will have a lineup of renowned chefs from across the city who will be demonstrating mouth watering delicacies and culinary tips and tricks throughout the day.
Ready, Set, Play! on Saulter The Queen/Saulter Library will have a variety of interactive kids activities with face painting and Pan Am-geared model making. Materials will be provided. 3:30pm local musicians Dustin and Caleb will be performing blues, folk and rock and roll. Plus get some fresh eats at the Riverside Good Food Market.
Take part in Coffee Cupping (1:00pm-5:00pm) on the second floor of the Ralph Thornton Centre, a neo-classical heritage building. Learn about the coffee, and some of the cooperatives they come from. Experience some of Toronto’s best coffee in one of the City’s most unique event spaces.
Nell & Natasha’s Blues & Rhythms BBQ
Feed your stomach and soul at Nell & Natasha’s (807A Queen St. East) Annual Free BBQ 1:00-3:00pm, refreshments from 3:00-5:00pm and HUDU Rising Blues Band performing classics and originals from 1:00-5:00pm. PLUS face painting, balloons, prizes and more!
Riverdale Art Walk
This two-day (June 6th -7th ) public fine art exhibition showcases established and emerging artists in retail spaces, artists’ studios and Jimmie Simpson Park in Toronto’s flourishing Queen East arts district. The first outdoor art show of Toronto’s season, participating artists are selected through an anonymous jury process, and is an initiative of the Artists’ Network, a not-for-profit, member-driven, arts organization dedicated to the development of self-sustaining, professional artists.
Eats & Beats has a diversity of other great activities going on from 1:00-6:00pm:
1:00pm-6:00pm Burger Shoppe Boogie Serving up their “Hot Hawaiian” and boogie down with their live DJ at 688 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm Sliced Tasty treats and musical beats at 718 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm il ponte stirs it up with an Italian flair Authentic Italian products, BBQ tasters and musical entertainment at 625 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm 747 Winebar Peruvian ceviche! At 747 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm Tiny Record Shop spinning it with Live DJs at 804 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm The STEPS Initiative’s Pop-Up ARTivations Queen St, west of Broadview
1:00pm-6:00pm Fresh Food at Riverside Market
1:00pm-6:00pm Mustard Seed Bazaar at 791 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm Wine Rack Pulls Out the Funk at 731 Queen St. East
1:00-6:00pm Tabülè Excites & Delights the Senses with Food & Filigree Henna 810 Queen St. East
1:00pm-6:00pm Hi-Lo Spins Loka Snacks and Vintage Vibes at 753 Queen St. East
2:00pm-4:00pm Dimensions Banging Down the House at 732 Queen St. East