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The 5 worst events in Toronto during 2015

The worst events in Toronto this year weren't limited to food festival mishaps (though of course those happened), but rather, they run the gamut from coat-check conundrums to rain-soaked dreams. Thankfully, many organizers remedied otherwise dire situations with good PR and refunds, leaving us hopeful for sunnier days next year.

Here are the worst events in Toronto from 2015.

Toronto Sushi Festival
Let's take a trip down memory lane to early March. Hopes were high for this event, which billed itself as the "largest annual sushi festival in Canada." However, a limited number of vendors couldn't keep up with the approximately 3,000 people who attended, leading to long lineups and a general lack of sushi. Derp.

Mac & Cheese Fest
The inaugural Mac & Cheese fest left Liberty Village in a right state after nearly 50,000 festival-goers descended on the neighbourhood to feast on ooey, gooey mac-and-cheese. They also made an ooey-gooey mess, leaving the area filled with trash.

Wanderlust 108
Like many events this past summer, this one got rained out. This mindful triathlon, which combined running, yoga and meditation, wasn't quite as relaxing as many expected. The 5K run turned out to be more than 8-kilometres long and thanks to a lack of shelter, everyone's stuff got soaked. Luckily, the Wanderlust organizers swooped in to clean up the mess by providing all attendees with a full refund.

Digital Dreams
You can probably lump Veld in here too because both EDM festivals got caught in the rain. Many would-be ravers were dismayed when Ink Entertainment and Live Nation cancelled the entire Saturday lineup - at the last minute. Veld also shuttered early thanks to a storm. Attendees at both events got at least partial refunds.

Disclosure
Apparently concert-goers were relieving themselves in stairways, closets and corners at this show. But that wasn't the worst of it. At the end of the night, thousands stormed the coat check area as event staff stood by. Some, reportedly, had their jackets and other valuables stolen.

What would you nominate as the worst Toronto event from 2015? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of the Toronto Sushi Festival by Natta Summerky.


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