The Pan American Food & Music Festival (PAFMF) is Canada’s only annual festival that celebrates the Western Hemisphere’s rich diversity of cuisine, music, and art. (After five years, we have decided to add the word Music to the event’s title due to the high quality and demand of the Festival’s music guests) alongside the culinary programs. The fifth annual PAFMF will be presented from August 11 to 13, 2017, with the spotlight on Canada celebrating the country’s 150 anniversary.
This free event that brings together Canada and the 40 other countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean is presented annually in Toronto to reinforce the city’s cultural diversity.
The Festival is produced by ArtsXplosion, a non-profit cultural organization based in Toronto. ArtsXplosion has successfully delivered 4 editions of the Pan American Food Festival (PAFF), where the Americas showcased their incredible food diversity and cultural richness. Since its launch in Nov. 2012, PAFF has welcomed 114,281 visitors over the 2013 to 2016 Festivals, with free admission. PAFF has presented diverse restaurants, food producers, and selected chefs, plus unique performances, art exhibitions, film screenings, cooking demonstrations, food competitions and family activities. In addition to delicious food, the Festival showcased the region’s distinctive music, dance, and folklore. Colombia, Peru, Mexico and Bolivia have been featured countries.
Last year's Festival that ran from August 12 to 14 was held at Yonge-Dundas Square, the most important and tourist public square in Toronto, with traffic of over 28,506,500 visitors per year. Our featured country was Bolivia. We estimate that more than 40,000 people attended the event. More details can be found at www.panamfest.com
Now entering its fifth successful year, PAFMF will once again offer an enticing program of food, flavor, music and fun for local residents and tourists. alike
The 2017 Pan American Food and Music Festival will be held for the second time at Yonge-Dundas Square, August 12 to 13, aiming to transform this initiative into one of Ontario’s prime tourist attraction focusing in the celebration of Canada’s 150 anniversary.
This year instead of Canada celebrating Pan American countries, we will be celebrating the importance of our country to the rest of the Continent under the premise “Canada in Pan America: 41 countries celebrating together” (CIPA).