Photo: Canoe gardens, musical parades and tasty treats coming Sunday

By Jode Roberts, communications

Following a summer of fun outdoor events and surprising green interventions — from canoe gardens and "parkified" front yards to pollinator parties and outdoor movie screenings — the David Suzuki Foundation is celebrating the first year of the Homegrown National Park Project with an ambitious Homegrown Park Crawl on Sunday, September 29.

The Park Crawl will feature food from 16 of Toronto's top chefs and restaurants, like Jamie Kennedy Kitchens, Pizzeria Libretto, Ursa and the County General. Attendees will sample tasty treats while they flow by foot, bike and canoe from park to park alongside local bands, including 16-piece "Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Punk-Super-Party-Band" Lemon Bucket Orkestra and the poppy choral phenomenon Choir!Choir!Choir!.

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Each of the four parks — Christie Pits, Bickford Park, Fred Hamilton Park and Trinity Bellwoods — will host food booths, entertainment and eco-activities, including planting three Canoe Gardens.

The Homegrown National Park Project aims to tap into local ingenuity and find creative ways to bring nature home to the city. The Park Crawl will celebrate the efforts of dozens of residents, community groups and 21 Neighbourhood Park Rangers that have been greening the city by enhancing parks, yards, alleyways, schoolyards, parking lots and other surprising places.

The event follows last year's Soupstock event, which drew an estimated 40,000 attendees to Toronto's Woodbine Park to sample soups from more than 200 chefs, including Jamie Kennedy, Michael Stadtlander and Susur Lee.

"The city's green spaces are vitally important to its cultural vibrancy," said chef Jamie Kennedy. "We are very much looking forward to celebrating the Homegrown Park Crawl with the David Suzuki Foundation and residents throughout the Homegrown National Park."

The Park Crawl run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, starting at Christie Pits Park and ending at Trinity Bellwoods. Funds raised will go toward the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project.

Attendees are requested to bring their own plates and mugs. Limited food tickets are on sale here.

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September 24, 2013

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