Notable Now Toronto: August 1, 2014

Wakestock
Date: August 7-9
Location: Bala, Muskoka 

Yes, we know it’s not in Toronto. But three-days filled with professional wakeboarding challenges, live music, and partying is definitely worth fleeing the city for. Competition, cottagers, bikini contests, and after parties. What more could you want from an August weekend escape? Oh, you want Ghostface Killah to be there too? Fine, he will be.

Jerkfest
Date: August 9-10
Location: Centennial Park 

No, this has nothing to do with Seinfeld – there’s no actual jerk store. But there is a festival that’s been voted one of the top 100 in Toronto by Festivals and Events Ontario. Why? Probably something to do with offering all the jerk food you can handle, including pork, chicken, rabbit, and – wait for it – alligator. Live music and chicken eating competitions round out the weekend, naturally.

Taste of the Danforth
Date: August 8-10
Location: The Danforth (Broadview to Jones) 

Toronto’s biggest street festival is back for its 21st year. How big, you ask? Well, 1.5 million people attended last year. And it’s no wonder; aside from more than 100 restaurants providing the widest range of Mediterranean food, culture, and music in the city, you’ll also have the chance to win a honeymoon giveaway to Greece and be a part of a Guinness World Record attempt. Hint: it has to do with Zorba the Greek. 

Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest
Date: August 9-10
Location: Roundhouse Park

With more than 20 of Ontario’s finest craft brewers in attendance, this festival offers the opportunity to taste a wide variety of local craft beer. Of course, accompanying the likes of Steam Whistle, Flying Monkeys, and Beau’s will be several of Toronto’s best food trucks and vendors, including Fidel Gastro, Smoke’s Poutinerie, Bomberos Nachos, and many more. Sounds like a pretty nice little Saturday.

VELD Electronic Music Festival
Date: August 2-3
Location: Downsview Park, Toronto

Returning for its third year, VELD 2014 promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Headliner Calvin Harris is all about the summer while internationally renowned sensation Armin Van Burren also knows what it feels like to rock a crowd. This is a two-day party you won’t want to miss – not even for sleep. Don’t worry, the 50,000 other people there will help keep you up. 

Pan American Food Festival
Date: August 8-10
Location: Daniels Spectrum

Sure, we’re getting the games next year… but 2014 is all about the food. Peru is the featured culinary country, but you’ll also be able to get your taste buds into the Totalmente Tamales Competition that will feature tamales from Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, and Panama. With 20 Pan American chefs from a multitude of different countries coming all the way to Toronto, you’ll be able to take your mouth on a world tour without ever leaving the city.

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Top photo: Wakestock Facebook page