Riverside Eats & Beats Streetfest, in its 6th year, was described by Riverside festival-goers and businesses alike as ‘the biggest and best celebration yet’ with:
- 8,000+ people enjoying the festivities in Riverside on June 2nd
- 50+ participating restaurants, vendors and retailers hosting events/ activities
- 15+ live performances by Toronto musicians and artists
- 4 street closures over the weekend packed with fun & meaningful activities and attractions
- 400+volunteer hours contributed to festival planning and execution
- 500 pints poured in our Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden – a new activity for the festival!!
This event could not have happened without the support of so many amazing folks…
- Riverside Eats & Beats 2018 Sponsors including the Riverside BIA, BMO Queen & Saulter Branch, & Metroland Media.
- Riverside Eats & Beats Marketi
ng Committee: Adrienne, our Event Chair, and the whole Oma Chiropractic team for helping host fab activities at the Munro Street closure; Kristin from Jam Factory T.O. for bringing more sound and dance to the fest and being our amazing Main Stage MC; Chef Scott for bringing Toronto Food Tours Culinary tent to Broadview, Giancarlo of PAWELECphoto for event photography, Judyand the Queen/Saulter Library Branch team for fun activities for all ages; John & the Ralph Thornton Community Centre team for hosting fun and creative activities. Dave for hosting the festival’s first ever Eastbound Brewing Co. Beer Garden, Aimee for hosting special festivities at Saulter St Brewery, and Lynn for hosting the BMO Queen & Saulter Branch fun tent on McGee!
- Riverside BIA Board: Rosie, Adrienne, Dave, Natasha, Athena, and Ellen who hosted amazing activities during the festival. Special thanks to our Chair, Mitch for representing the Riverside BIA throughout the festival and Councillor Paula Fletcher for visiting/ supporting the festivities.
- Street Closure Hosts: Nell & Natasha Real Estate Homeward for hosting their always-popular free annual BBQ & Blues on McGee; Oma Chiropractic, Quince Flowers, and Switchback Cyclery for hosting the Munro Block Party; Queen/Saulter Library and RTCC who hosted activities on Saulter; and Artists’ Network for cross promoting and collaborating on outreach with the Riverdale ArtWalk, so our two events come together as one.
- Riverside Restaurants, Retailers and Community Centres who hosted excellent activities: Shout out to the many who hosted great food tasters, specials and other activities such as Caribbean Sunset, The Wine Rack, Tabule, Arts Market, Common Sort, Downtown Automotive Group, Dimensions, Pulp Kitchen, BQM, Diamond Muay Thai, Butchers of Distinction, The Opera House Grill, The Comrade, The Broadview Hotel, Lone & Co, Here & Now, Irish Design House, Bergstrom, Sash & Bustle, Broadview Bakery, Mustard Seed, Chi Junky Studio, Gillis & Kennedy Re/Max and Sugar Loaf.
- Artists, Musicians, Artisans and Vendors who helped enliven our streets and community spaces: Samba Toronto, Don Valley Stompers; Monkey Fightin Snakes, Jenna & The Groove Tones, Tune Your Ride’s bicycle-powered line up; and more.
- Graphic designer Geo who created the fresh, enlivening promotional materials that helped make this event come to life and captured people’s attention online and on the streets
- Other Eats & Beats Volunteers:
all our fabulous, hard-working George Brown ESL Students, our Marketing Committee members, and other volunteers for their essential support and extra hard work this year!
- Riverside BIA Maintenance staff Drew for helping get the moving parts into the right place at the right time
- Last but certainly not least the amazing, strong BIA Office Team for this year’s festivities: Jennifer, Kayla, Lais, and Barb for supporting every step to make this event a success!
Now, please let us know what you thought of Eats & Beats 2018 by completing our 2 min survey to help us to make the next one even better!
…AND ENJOY THE MEMORIES OF SOME OF THE 2018 FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS!
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