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Ontario is getting a New (and very delicious) Halal Food Festival

Lobster poutine, fried chicken sandwiches, doner kebabs and oodles of noodles are just some of the tasty treats you’ll be able to devour at the new Halal food festival coming to Toronto this May.

Night Market Toronto, one of the city’s leading food festival organizers, recently announced it will be launching what is billed as Canada’s first “all halal food tour”. From May 6 to June 26, the event will hit eight cities in and around the Greater Toronto Area, over eight weekends, starting from Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga.

The tour is the brainchild of Rafaa Chapti, Zaina Moussa and Amanee Nassereddine, founders of the Run The World Summit — a career and events platform for female entrepreneurs. In 2021, they decided to launch All You Can Eid, an Eid-themed food festival in Mississauga. While they realised there was a gap in the market, they didn’t quite expect the response it got from the community. They got the idea for the Night Market Toronto during one of their many coffee and brainstorming sessions.

“We had many of the festival attendees tell us they drove from outside of Mississauga to this event specifically — up to two hours away. We realised that there was an opportunity to take vendors on a tour to these cities so they could experience halal food around their home,” said Moussa in an interview with The National News. The founders believe this new event will offer many Muslims in the community “peace of mind” while also bringing them together.

Working alongside 8 All-Halal food trucks, the festival “tour” will visit 8 different GTA communities. There will be music, food and plenty of good vibes. No pork or alcohol will be served at the event. The All Weekend Pass is FREE and grants you full access to the event grounds, this does not include any food. Whether you are attending solo or with a group, only one (1) pass is needed for the entire party. Food and drinks will be sold at the event.


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