Summerlicious is returning to Toronto in August after a two-year break because to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor John Tory announced on Sunday that the annual culinary exhibition will take place from August 12 to August 28 this year.
In a written statement released Sunday, Tory said, “I am happy that Summerlicious – a favorite among city foodies – will return in August.”
“While eateries have been impacted severely by the recession,
this pandemic, we haven’t stopped finding new and innovative ways to support these business owners and keep people working – including with this free and improved Summerlicious program. With incredible restaurants across Toronto and diverse cuisine options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. I encourage Toronto residents to continue supporting and celebrating the revival of Toronto restaurants by safely joining friends and dining in locally to sample the diverse culinary offerings Toronto restaurants have to offer.”
Summerlicious, along with the winter food festival Winterlicious, launched in 2003.
The city says this year’s program, along with the renewed CafeTO program, will help support the recovery of Toronto’s restaurant industry.
To make it easier to participate, the city says it will waive fees for all participating restaurants, offer greater flexibility for restaurants to set menus and price points, and will have simplified online application.
Applications will be accepted from April 14 to April 29 and participants will be confirmed in mid-May.