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Toronto’s heady food-fest is Hot & Spicy… all weekend long
at Harbourfront Centre


TORONTO July 19, 2006— World Routes summer festival series serves up the 9th installment of Toronto’s renowned and uniquely entertaining Hot & Spicy Food Festival. The ‘06 version welcomes our newest neighbour and lead sponsor – Sobeys, and presents more food than ever, culminating in what has fast become one of the hottest annual free events of the summer season – The Hot & Spicy IRON CHEF Competition III: The Toronto Neighbourhood Challenge!

Sobeys’ Hot & Spicy Food Festival runs Friday, August 11 -- Sunday, August 13 and offers 24 food vendors, including the Red Hot Market, 20 cooking demos, 6 music concerts, 5 dance performances, 6 films, 2 performance art shows and 2 make and take projects for the kids and our International Market Place.

Musical concerts this year feature a stellar combination of world-renown, award-winning artists including Nino Moschello, NOMO, Britain’s alternative State of Bengal, presented by Tilleys Endurables, Cameroon, Muna Mingole and France’s noJazz as part of our Pepsi Concert series. Besharam burns hot at Late Night NOW presented by Brahama.

Great music, along with gastronomically inspired films, dance, spiced-up performance comedy and a forum and photo exhibit on world food issues co-presented with ACT for the Earth and FoodShare Toronto. This is a chance for the public to experience the cultural aspect of food in ways not presented at other festivals. The Power of Place is Harbourfront Centre -- discovering the power of food and culture. Admission is Free.

Food-lovers and those who love to cook get up-close, learning the tricks of the trade from celebrity chefs as they fire up their grills. Chopping, stirring and shaking things up, this year’s chefs offer over 15 unique recipes through demos, tastings and Q&A play! Highly popular with festival-goers, the cooking demos take place all three days on our Ann Tindal Lawn and in Lakeside Terrace and the Brigantine Tent. Demo food samples are $2 with tickets sold at each demonstration venue. Public information is available at 416-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com .

A recent Hot & Spicy addition (year 3) and extremely popular event, The Iron Chef CompetitionIII goes live, onstage in the Brigantine Room as our panel of food experts provide play by play commentary over two showdowns, judging who will be crowned the Sobeys’ Hot and Spicy Iron Chef III Champion 2006. The Iron Chef theme this year is The Toronto Neighbourhood Challenge with chefs representing the four corners of the GTA. Saturday semi-finals see a North vs South cook-off and later East competes against West with the final championship cook-off helping to close out the festival on Sunday afternoon. (see event listings).

FOOD FEATURES:
Demonstrations include: Flaming Flambés, Caribbean-Thai Curry, Masala Girl spices, Firey Gazpacho, Hot sauce recipes and the use of Hot Pepper sauces, Jamie Kennedy’s kitchen recipes, Ayurderic Indian Vegetarian cooking, Lime pickles, Curry Devil – a Straits Chinese dish, Sobey’s chef recipe, Aussie-style Laksa and, New Orleans favourites.

Red Hot Market will be returning as a place for the public to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips - all with that hot and spicy flair.

Harbourfront Centre’s World Café is proud to bring diverse and delicious cuisine from around the world, from chefs established throughout the GTA! We've tasted and tested hundreds of dishes so that you can get the best international treats. Every weekend visitors have a chance to try food from different regions - examples include Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, South Asia, the West Indies, as well as fusion cuisine. Red Hot Market and World Café listings follow.

Media can access summer festival information and downloadable jpeg images through the Harbourfront Centre website www.harbourfrontcentre.com/media.php

SPECIAL PUBIC ALERT:Harbourfront Centre remains open and accessible through this special Toronto Waterfront Revitalization event.

Toronto’s Waterfront Road Closure Notice – Queens Quay Boulevard
August 11-20, 2006, the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation is hosting a 10-day event on Queens Quay called Quay to the City: Summer ‘06 so that residents of Toronto can start experiencing the benefits of a proposed new design for Queens Quay and the central waterfront water’s edge promenade.

This event involves closing the eastbound lanes of Queens Quay between Spadina and York to
traffic. In order to set up and take down the event, the street closure will run from August 8 to August 23, 2006 inclusive.

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Media Contacts:
Bill Bobek; 416-973-4428; wbobek@harbourfrontcentre.com
Shane Gerard; 416-973-4655; sgerard@harbourfrontcentre.com
Wendy Vincent; 416-973- 4518; wvincent@harbourfrontcentre.com




Schedule of Hot & Spicy Events

The Red Hot Market
All weekend
This popular market is a place to sample and purchase an eclectic variety of spices, sauces, marinades and dips—all with a hot and spicy flair.


Hot and Spicy Iron Chef Competition III Finale “AND THE WINNER IS…”
Sunday August 13 at 3:30 pm



Sobeys Hot & Spicy Food Festival (August 11 to August 13)

*All cooking demos sample tickets are $2 each, sold at venue.

Red Hot Market (Lakeside Terrace Tent): August 11 – 13:
Vendors include: August’s Harvest; Betty K. Foods; Edna’s Pickles; The Joy of Harvest; Masala Girl Cuisine Inc.; Susie’s Hot Sauce – Antigua; Brooks Pepperfire Foods Inc.; Mengrai by Sasi; Sauce with an Accent; Shashi’s Indian Cooking; Southern Accent; Volcanic Ass Hot Sauce
Red Hot Market Times: Friday (6 p.m. – 12 a.m.), Saturday (noon – 12 a.m.), Sunday (noon – 6 p.m.)

World Café: August 11 – 13:
Vendors include: Good 2 Go; Bright Pearl; Sangam; La Fiesta; Co Co Banana; Viv’s Restaurant; Simmos Grill; Churros Ricos Churros; One Love Corn; Tropical Food Hut
Times: Friday (6 p.m. – 12 a.m.), Saturday (noon – 12 a.m.), Sunday (noon – 6 p.m.)

Friday, August 11, 2006
Cooking Demo – Flaming Flambé with Miss Kitty preceded by The Goodness Gracious Fire Dancers
(9 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Music – Nino Moschella (8 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – NOMO (9:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Dance – NGOMA Drum and Dance Ensemble (7 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Forum – Food Justice Forum (6:30 p.m. – Forum - Lakeside Terrace)
Film - Future of Food (8:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Film – Seeds of Change (10:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Performance Art – Spicy Divas Cabaret (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Visual Art – From Field to Table: FoodShare and the Power of Food
(6 p.m. – 12 a.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)

Saturday, August 12, 2006
Cooking Demo – Carol Lazzerri cooks up Southwestern Chicken Stew (1 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Cooking Demo – Caribbean-Thai Vegetable Curry with rice, peas and coconut milk with nutritionist Julie Daniluk and Chef Sybil Pinnock (3 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Cooking Demo – Spice Talk with Masala Girl Sapna Jain (3:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Cooking Demo – Russell Ross and the Volcanic Ass Hot Sauce Company (4:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Cooking Demo – Carol Lazzerri cooks up Fiery Gazpacho (5:30 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Cooking Demo – Save New Orleans Soul - Chef Troy Brocato (5:30 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Cooking Demo – Brooks Pepperfire Foods teach you how to Play with Fire (6:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Cooking Demo – Edna’s Pickles (1:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Cooking Demo – Flaming Flambé with Miss Kitty preceded by The Goodness Gracious Fire Dancers
(9 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Iron Chef Competition – Semi-final Competition 1: Toronto North vs. Toronto South (2 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Iron Chef Competition – Semi-final Competition 2: Toronto East vs. Toronto West (4:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Music – State of Bengal – presented by Tilley Endurables (9:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – Besharam – Late Night Now presented by Brahma (11 p.m. – Brigantine Room and Lakeside Terrace)
Dance – Hawaiian Pacific Magic (1 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance – Fiesta Filipina Dance Troupe (2:30 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Dance Workshop – Stick Dancing Workshop with the Fiesta Filipina (4 p.m. – The Lookout)
Film – Chef in Love (1:30 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Film – China Rises: Food is Heaven (4 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Visual Art – From Field to Table: FoodShare and the Power of Food
(noon – 12 a.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Kids – Make Garlic Pepper Crisps from Scratch! A no sharp knifes, no stove-top cooking workshop with
author Jennifer Low (12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – The Lookout)
Kids – Chef Hats and Aprons Make and Take with Amy Barnes (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Harbourfront Kidz Tent)

Sunday, August 13, 2006
Cooking Demo – Chef Demo by Jamie Kennedy Kitchens (12 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Cooking Demo – Ayurderic Indian Vegetarian cooking with Chef Shashi Jain (12:30 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Cooking Demo – Edna’s Pickles (1:30 p.m. – Ann Tindal Park)
Cooking Demo – Indian Cooking with Masala Girl Sapna Jain (2 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Cooking Demo – Curry Devil with Genevieve Peng (2:30 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Cooking Demo – Compliments Culinary Centre Chef James Smith presented by Sobeys (4 p.m. – Lakeside Terrace)
Cooking Demo – Aussie Style Laksa with Personal Chef Mike Benninger (4:30 p.m. – Brigantine Tent)
Iron Chef Competition – Final Competition (3:30 p.m. – Brigantine Room)
Music – Muna Mingole (3 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage)
Music – no Jazz (4:30 p.m. – Harbourfront Centre Concert Stage) Pepsi Concert Series
Dance – Sampradaya Dance Creations (4 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Film – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory preceded by How Do They…Put the Centers in Chocolates?
(2 p.m. – Studio Theatre)
Performance Art – Funny Waiter (12 p.m. – Toronto Star Stage)
Visual Art – From Field to Table: FoodShare and the Power of Food
(noon – 6 p.m. – Marilyn Brewer Community Space)
Kids – Make and Take Chef Hats and Aprons with Amy Barnes (1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Harbourfront Kidz Tent) (end)



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