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Toronto is getting a junk food festival

Summertime is festival season in Toronto, but not everything here revolves around music. For better or for worse, we also have plenty of food festivals, including some that focus on vegan eats, sweet treats, ribs, mac and cheese and food truck fare.

New this summer is a festival based entirely on junk food. It's from the same people behind the Mac & Cheese Fest so you better get hungry now because the Junk Food Festival is slated to run from September 9 to 11 in the Toronto Star building, as well as in the parking lot at 1 Yonge St.

It'll be free to attend, but you'll have to pay to actually indulge and stuff your face with deep-fried delicacies and other gluttonous amuse-bouches. Festival founder and director Philip Suos tells me this multi-city festival tour will centre around a competition where chefs will vie for $25,000 in prize money.

"After my Mac and Cheese Festival, I wanted to create a new food competition filled with bold mashups reinventing North America's comfort foods," says Suos via email.

Competitors will probably whip up Epic Meal Time-worthy creations that'll either make you salivate or sick.

Along with the food, the Suos says the festival will include a slew of activities and amenities, including ping pong, axe throwing, a rage room, bubble soccer and a beer lounge.

What type of junk food do you want at the festival? Let us know in the comments.

Photo from the 2015 Mac and Cheese Fest by Jesse Milns.


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