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Kensington Krawl Tour 2018
March 11, 2018 @ 11:00 am - March 17, 2018 @ 2:30 pm
Explore the diverse tastes and flavours of Toronto’s most eclectic neighbourhood – Kensington Market!
For our “Kensington Krawl” food tour, you will have the opportunity to enjoy select tastings in the market including from a cheese shop, bakery, butcher shop, spice shop, and more. You will meet with local merchants and shopkeepers whenever possible during your excursion. Your guide will offer you a background on the history and heritage of this vibrant neighbourhood, with memorable stories and anecdotes. You will discover why Kensington Market is truly a one-of-a-kind place!
Kensington Market emerged during the early 1900’s, when Jewish immigrants settled in the neighbourhood. Many of the residents began selling their goods and wares from pushcarts and horse-drawn carriages. Within the boundary of a few square blocks located west of Spadina, a bustling area with narrow streets of residential complexes comprising of small stores and colourful awnings was formed to create an open-air market. Throughout the decades, the market gradually evolved and transformed as each new successive waves of immigrants – European Jews, Italians, Portuguese, Chinese, Jamaican – left their mark on the community and added another layer of cultural diversity.
Today, the market is a tapestry of cultures, mouth-watering cuisines, along with uniquely independent shops. Many community groups have helped to keep the market local and have successfully prevented chain stores from infiltrating the neighbourhood. In 2006, Kensington Market was officially recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada for its dynamic character and eclectic variety of architectural styles.
You will meet near Baldwin & Spadina (and learn the exact location when you register).