Afro-Caribbean Food & the Ascension of Black Food Sovereignty

Hungry for Comfort is an annual exploration of culinary food stories within different cultural groups across Toronto. This year, the spotlight is on Toronto’s Afro-Caribbean communities and their significant contribution to the city’s rich and diverse food culture.

These nourishing stories and events will inform, inspire and connect you to Black culinary history.

Hungry for Comfort: Talk & Tastings, August 20

Focusing on Black food sovereignty, Hungry for Comfort at Fort York National Historic Site will feature talks and tastings hosted by Lori Beazer, Manager of the Afro-Caribbean Farmers’ Market. The program will include keynote speaker Janice Bartley, Founder of Foodpreneur Lab, a cooking demonstration and tastings by Chef Marc Kusitor of Chop Time Catering, and tastings provided by Black food entrepreneurs from the Foodpreneur Lab.

The event takes place inside the Blue Barracks.

Saturday, August 20, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Register for free tickets

Hungry for Comfort Neighbourhood Tour, August 20 & 21 (Sold Out)

Hungry for Comfort Neighbourhood Tour explores the influence of the Black community on food culture in Toronto from the 1830s–1860s. From grocers to caterers and purveyors of fine dining, each of the individuals included represents a different aspect of foodways.

Rain or shine, the guided tour begins at the northeast corner of King & Church Streets and ends at Mackenzie House with a tasting of Trinidadian snacks by Pelau Catering.

Saturday, August 20: 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, August 21: 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.