Dundas West Kicks Off Street Festival Season in Toronto

Dundas West Kicks Off Street Festival Season in Toronto

The first day of Dundas West Fest kicked off yesterday, filling the stretch of Dundas between Ossington and Lansdowne with music, pop-up shops and food vendors.

 

Marking the beginning of festival season in Toronto, crowds slowly began filtering onto the street around 5 p.m. to start perusing all the entertainment being offered and celebrate the official end of sweater weather.

Dundas West Fest first began as a one-day event six years ago but has now expanded into a Friday and Saturday celebration that spans 12 city blocks.

Today the area parties on, diverting buses from the area since early this morning at 8 a.m. and continuing on until midnight tonight.

More than 200 vendors set up shop to sell goods, from accessories to Dundas West-themed artwork and patches from Inner Decay.

In true Dundas West fashion, there was an abundance of vintage clothing and pop-ups like Homebody Collective selling succulents, and outdoor sales by resident mainstays like Grasshopper Records.

Local restaurants and bars like The Federal and Sukhothai expanded their reach by extending patios and storefronts out into the sidewalk, and the Elephant in the Attic’s side street display made for a perfect IG op.

Business’ like AntlerUncle Mikey’s and Smoke Signals Barbecue stretched out with sidewalk-side grills serving up small portions of their most popular offerings.

Leaking into Little Portugal, many of the festival’s vendors were repping with Portuguese food like grilled chicken and sausages courtesy of local favourites like Bairrada Churrasqueira.

Vegan hot dogs from Good Rebel Vegan, grilled pineapple from St. Lawrence Market’s Urban Fresh Produce and fresh watermelon juice courtesy of Little Italy’s Anti Vice Juicery dotted the street.

 

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