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Pan American Food Festival | September 20-22

Experience the cultural diversity of the 41 countries of North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean with restaurants, chefs and national and regional cuisines, art, music and folklore of the Western Hemisphere.

Curatorial Statement

The Pan American Food Festival embodies the concept of terrain in both physical and abstract ways. The festival thinks of the Americas as a single idea, a singular identity that is increasingly shared between the 41 countries of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Pan America, this new site in our imaginary geography, is linked by histories of colonization and a spine of mountain ranges stretching from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. It is surrounded by great oceans that separate it from other hemispheres, from other terrains and identities. Pan America itself contains a remarkable diversity of cultures, languages, indigenous and imported folk traditions, and of course, cuisine. Its food flavours are subtly infused by the specific earth in which a plant grew, the particular pastures where an animal grazed, or the exact waters in which a fish swam. Pan America's unique dishes reflect the imagination and tastes of particular peoples and regions, reflecting another form of terrain.

North-south links among the nations that comprise the New World were strengthened in the last half of the 20th century politically and economically through the Organization of American States (established in 1948) and culturally through the Pan American Games (first held in 1951 and coming to Toronto in 2015). The new annual Pan American Food Festival continues this growing momentum within the Western Hemisphere.

In sharing these foods from north, centre and south, we delight in our own traditions and discover the delicious variations and innovations of our neighbours. Our common bonds as residents of this new terrain are strengthened through the flavour and fun of the Pan American Food Festival.

Francisco Alvarez, Chair of the Board of Directors, Pan American Food Festival


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community and Educational Programmes

Rodrigo Fritz

Project Coordinator

Diana Webley

Project Coordinator

Elizabeth Lubowitz

Head of Administration

Mira Coviensky

Lead Artistic Associate

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Natalie Buckley

Administrative Assistant, Events

Ayesha Chatterjee

Administrative Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Stirling Bogie

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Suzanne Wyman

Vendor Coordinator

Margaret Saliba

Vendor Assistant

Pan American Food Festival

Daniel Garcia-Herreros


Francisco Alvarez

Chair, Board of Directors

Cony Calle

Development Director

Mary Luz Mejia

Culinary Curator

Macarena Torres

Media Coordinator

Carlos Bolivar

Social Media Coordinator

Cristina Saban

Production Coordinator

Jeannette Barbosa

Volunteer Coordinator

Jabbie Mosammat

Logistics Coordinator

Hugo Ares

Cultural Events Coordinator

Duilia Antoni


A programme of the complexity and size of the 2013 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff and volunteer teams. We extend our thanks to them all.
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