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Hot & Spicy Food Festival - August 15-17

This year's festival dips into food and culture rooted in the past and renewed for the future. Enjoy a range of culinary delicacies, as well as hot rhythms and spicy grooves from the past and present.

Curatorial Statement

The Big Idea within this festival is legacy. We look at legacy, not as something merely frozen in time, but rather a continuous process of renewal that is engrained in tradition and also constantly transforming.

This year's Hot & Spicy Food Festival dips into food and culture rooted in the past and renewed for the future. With this curatorial vision, the festival showcases a range of culinary delicacies as well as equally exciting hot rhythms and spicy grooves from the past and present.

We will explore environmentally transformed traditional cuisine, for example, beef chili, which is a spicier Indian adaptation of an original Hakka Chinese dish. Top chefs will come together to share recipes and stories of how traditionally rooted culinary wisdom has informed a renewed international infusion of ingredients and flavours. Food demos will include several themed series such as the spiciest dishes in Toronto and renewed traditional recipes.

— Annette Paiement, Artistic Associate


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Annette Paiement

Artistic Associate, Lead

Umair Jaffar

Artistic Associate

Mira Coviensky

Artistic Associate

Mary Luz Mejia

Guest Artistic Associate

Brittney Filek-Gibson

Assistant Artistic Associate, Education, Family Programming and Events

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Alice Stratford-Kurus

Administrative Assistant, Events

Natalie Buckley

Administrative Assistant, Events

Nida Haroon

Administrative Assistant, Events

Naseem Hakimian

Administrative Assistant, Events

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Scott Seetoo

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
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