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, Fred Hamilton 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!
The event is free, but food tickets can be purchased online.
Confirmed food vendors include: Banjara, Carmen, ChocoSol, Cookie Martinez, Crush Wine Bar, CSI Coffee Pub, Frank Restaurant (AGO), Harvest Kitchen, Marben, NishDish Catering, One Love Vegetarian, Pizzeria Libretto, Rasa, Scout & Cash Caffe, Spirit Bird Bakery, TALLBOYS, The County General, Two Bite Saloon, URSA and Windup Bird Cafe.
The Homegrown Park Crawl starts in Christie Pits Park at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2014, and lasts until 5 p.m. Proceeds 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. Please bring your own plates and mugs.
What: The Homegrown Park Crawl
When: Sunday, October 5, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: The event will start at Christie Pits Park at 10 a.m. Bickford Park at noon, Fred Hamilton Park at 1 p.m. and Trinity Bellwoods at 2 p.m.
Musical parades: There will be musical parades between each park. The parade to Bickford Park will begin at noon, from Bickford to Fred Hamilton Park at 1 p.m., and from Fred Hamilton to Trinity Bellwoods Park at 2 p.m.
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. Please bring your own mugs, bowls and blankets.
Food Tickets: Each $5 food ticket can be redeemed for one serving of food at the event. The list of vendors will continue to be updated up to the event date. Food will be served on a first-come basis; 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 Passport.
Competition: Give us your Park Crawl Passport with all four stamps for a chance to win! You must be present at Trinity Bellwoods at 4:30 p.m. and 12 years old or younger to claim a prize.
David Suzuki: David Suzuki will speak at Trinity Bellwoods at 4 p.m.!
Rain or shine: The Homegrown Park Crawl will be a rain or shine event. Please dress accordingly.