Billed as “Canada’s Biggest Party” the “International Food Festival”:http://canadasbiggestparty.com/london-international-food-festival/ in Victoria Park, London is a hopping event worth taking in. The website is already counting down the days, hours and minutes until next year’s event. Victoria Park is in the centre of downtown. It used to be the site of the British Garrison and still plays a very active role in the life of the city with festivals of one sort or another most weekends in the summer.
I attended the event this year with my sister and her husband. There was food from all over the globe from Asia to Jamaica to South America. Between us we sampled a blooming onion (it is addictive), fresh cut fries, Mexican chicken and rice, chocolate filled churros and bubble tea smoothies. It was difficult to make a choice because it all smelled so good and there was so much to choose from with almost a hundred vendors.
In addition to the food there was a beer garden by the band stand and live music. There are picnic tables and benches spread out throughout the park so you can relax and enjoy whatever food and drink you are trying. There were live cooking demonstrations and dancing in the evening but we did not see any of these.
We went on the Sunday and parked in a municipal parking lot on Queens Avenue just east of Richmond Street which is free on Sundays. Note: Queens Avenue is a one way street running east to west. There is a link on the website to various parking options around Victoria Park. The festival was on the last full weekend in June and ran from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday and 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on the Sunday.