Back for a second year, we're celebrating the amazing green spaces along Toronto's former Garrison Creek in the Homegrown Park Crawl.
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This year's event will feature food from more than a dozen of Toronto's top chefs and restaurants, including Pizzeria Libretto, FRANK Restaurant, Marben, Ursa and The County General. Participants will sample tasty treats while they flow — by foot, bike and portaged canoe — from park to park alongside adventurous local musical acts, including the jazzy six-piece Heavyweights Brass Band, afro-Brazilian stilt-drumming troupe MaracaTall and 16-member "percussion posse" Samba Squad.
Each of the four parks — Christie Pits, Bickford Park, Fred Hamilton Park and Trinity Bellwoods — will have entertainment and eco-activities, with food and drink vendors at Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods.
This year, we'll even have David Suzuki on hand.
The event is free to the public, but food tickets will be sold online (earlybird until Sept. 25).
Confirmed food vendors include: Carmen, ChocoSol, Cookie Martinez, Crush Wine Bar, CSI Coffee Pub, Frank Restaurant (AGO), Harvest Kitchen, Marben, Pizza Libretto, Scout & Cash Caffe, Tallboys, The County General, Two Bite Saloon and URSA.
The Homegrown Park Crawl will be held from 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, October 5, 2014, starting in Christie Pits Park. Proceeds will go to the David Suzuki Foundation's Homegrown National Park Project, which is tapping local ingenuity to find creative ways to green the Garrison corridor in the city's downtown-west end. Attendees are requested to bring their own plates and mugs.
**Earlybird tickets available until September 25!
What: The Homegrown Park Crawl
When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 am to 5 pm
Where: The event will start at Christie Pits Park at 10 am. Bickford Park at 12 pm, Fred Hamilton Park at 1 pm and Trinity Bellwoods at 2 pm.
Musical Parades: There will be musical parades between each park. The parade to Bickford Park will begin at 12 pm, from Bickford to Fred Hamilton Park at 1 pm, and from Fred Hamilton to Trinity Bellwoods Park at 2 pm.
Food and Drinks: There will be food and drink vendors at Christie Pits and Trinity Bellwoods, plus music and family-friendly activities at all four parks. We kindly ask participants to bring their own mugs, bowls and blankets.
Food Tickets: Each $5 food ticket can be redeemed for one serving of food at the event. Until September 25, a limited number of earlybird ticket packs will be available at the special price of $20 for 5 tickets! List of vendors will continue to be updated up to the event date. Food will be served on a first-come basis, and each vendor has a limited number of servings. Food tickets are non-refundable.
Activities: Each park will have a nature-themed activity: butterfly crafts in Christie Pits, local bird identification in Bickford, honey tasting at Fred Hamilton and a tree scavenger hunt in Trinity Bellwoods. Completing each activity gets you a stamp on your Park Crawl Postcard.
Competition: Give us your Park Crawl Passport with all four stamps for a chance to win! Must be present at Trinity Bellwoods at 4:30 pm and 12 years old or younger to claim prize.
David Suzuki: David Suzuki will speak at Trinity Bellwoods at 4:30 pm!
Rain or Shine: The Homegrown Park Crawl will be a rain or shine event. Please dress accordingly.