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From September 11-26, more than 100 Asian restaurants will offer $10, $20 and $30 set menus
Toronto’s city-wide Asian food festival is coming back for a second year.
AsialiciousTO launched last year as a way to help hard-hit restaurants in the city, many of which were facing reduced traffic and sales or anti-Asian racism during the pandemic. It was successful enough that the festival is back for a second year.
“We wanted to make a program to celebrate Asian cuisine and help local restaurants,” Benny Cheung, president of Asialicious organizer FACT (Federation of Asian-Canadians Toronto), told NOW last year. “Local restaurants, especially Asian restaurants, have been hit hard economically. Hopefully this can help them recover.”
Though indoor and outdoor dining is now allowed in Toronto, there are many restaurants that could still use the economic boost.
Inspired by Summerlicious and Winterlicious (which are both cancelled this year), AsialiciousTO will let more than 100 restaurants across the city offer set menus for $10, $20 and $30. Like the new DineTOgether program, there are plenty of options for dine-in, as well as takeout and delivery.
There’s a huge variety of spots, which range from bubble tea shops to sushi restaurants, hot pot, soup places, dessert and more. There’s Chinese, Filipino, Taiwanese, Japanese, Vietnamese and even Hawaiian cuisine.
Participating restaurants include House of Gourmet, Islas, Pokito, Midori Ramen, Asian Legend, Sugar Marmalade, Dagu Rice Noodle and many more. You can browse the list and click through to see the menus here.
Unlike last year’s month-long AsialiciousTO event, this year’s will run for two weeks from September 11-26. It will get a head start from September 10-12 with the Asialicious Carnival at Woodside Square in Scarborough North, which will include a free Mulan movie night, a “Starry Night” variety show, fireworks, performances and, of course, lots of food.