Buen prove­cho:

Taste the Amer­i­cas in your own backyard at spe­cial events across the city

The Hamilton Spectator - - GUIDE TO THE GAMES - SAIRA PEESKER [email protected]­pec.com 905-526-2420 | @Peesker

Whether you’re a Pan Am Games visi­tor look­ing for a taste of home or a Hamil­ton lifer keen to get into the spirit of the Panamer­i­canos, a suite of lo­cal events are bring­ing lots of food op­tions along with them.

July 1-26: Panorama

Royal Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, 680 Plains Rd. W., Burling­ton

Week­ends 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each week­end in July, the RBG will be tak­ing visi­tors on a culi­nary tour through a dif­fer­ent part of the Amer­i­cas. July 11-12: The Caribbean Visit the Dis­cov­ery Cart to learn about the key in­gre­di­ents in tra­di­tional Caribbean dishes.

July 12, 12 p.m.: Food demon­stra­tion – Food of Ja­maica July 18-19: Mexico to Cen­tral Amer­ica Learn about the use of cho­co­late and vanilla in Cen­tral Amer­i­can Cui­sine at the Dis­cov­ery Cart.

July 19, 12 p.m.: Food demon­stra­tion – Food of Mexico July 25-26: South Amer­ica Visit the Dis­cov­ery Cart to learn about sta­ple foods in South Amer­i­can di­ets.

July 26, 12 p.m.: Food demon­stra­tion – Food of Peru

July 9-12: It’s Your Fes­ti­val Gage Park Noon to 11 p.m.

An an­nual Gage Park tra­di­tion, It’s Your Fes­ti­val al­ways fea­tures di­verse in­ter­na­tional food of­fer­ings.

Ven­dors – many of them pro­vid­ing home­cook­ing by com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions – in­clude:

The Afro-Cana­dian Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Mr. Fa­jita Fi­esta Mexicana Com­mon­wealth of Do­minica On­tario As­so­ci­a­tion Fra­ter­nity His­panic As­so­ci­a­tion Eat In­dus­tries (Mex­i­can fu­sion)

July 10-24: Cel­e­bra­tion Square Gore Park 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Down­town Hamil­ton’s cen­tral park will not only fea­ture a beer gar­den and video screens show­ing the games, it is also promis­ing “food ven­dors… serv­ing spe­cial menus high­light­ing the culi­nary arts of Pan Amer­i­can coun­tries,” ac­cord­ing to the city’s web­site.

July 11-26: Pan Am In­ter­na­tional Food Court

Ot­tawa Street North and Cannon Street

11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Ot­tawa Street North is pulling out all the stops dur­ing the Games, cre­at­ing a streetscape meant to be “food cen­tral” for peo­ple at­tend­ing Pan Am soc­cer at CIBC Pan Am Soc­cer Sta­dium (Tim Hor­tons Field). From July 11 to 26, the street will be turn­ing the curb lanes be­tween Cannon and Ed­in­burgh Streets into pop-up pa­tios with bistro-style seat­ing.

Six food trucks will grace the block each day be­tween 11 and 8 p.m., in ad­di­tion to the street’s 16 restau­rants.

“While we have put an em­pha­sis on Latin Amer­i­can food, a lot of the trucks we’ve brought in are ex­per­i­ment­ing with mix­ing it with other food,” said Ot­tawa Street BIA Mar­ket­ing and events co­or­di­na­tor Lau­ren Ol­son.

Those with par­tic­u­lar Pan-Amer­i­can flair in­clude:

Choco Chur­ros – July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26

Luchador Ta­quero – July 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26

Gourmet Grin­gos Au­then­tic Mex­i­can Grill – July 11-26

Fit to Grill (South­ern U.S. fu­sion) – July 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17

Bombero’s Gourmet Na­chos – July 11, 12, 18, 19

Eh Jose Au­then­tic Mex­i­can Food – July 12, 19, 26

Jonny Blonde (Lo­cal, Amer­i­can and Caribbean) – July 13, 16, 17, 19, 20 Texas Tor­nado – July 14, 15, 21, 22 Mata Petisco (Latin Amer­i­can and Brazil­ian) – July 15, 16, 19, 20, 22, 23

July 17-19: Hamil­ton World Mu­sic Fes­ti­val Gage Park Fri­day 6 p.m. to mid­night Satur­day 11 a.m. to mid­night Sun­day 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The week­end-long cel­e­bra­tion of mu­sic from around the world will also in­clude some food booths, in­clud­ing Coun­try Boy Louisiana-style chicken, Mr. Fa­jita and Eat In­dus­tries Mex­i­can fu­sion.

On­go­ing: Pan Am Res­tau­rant Deals

From now un­til the end of the Games, the Hamil­ton, Hal­ton, Brant Re­gional Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion will be post­ing spe­cial of­fers from lo­cal busi­nesses in a spe­cial sec­tion on their web­site, the­hearto­fontario.com. Deals are largely di­rected at peo­ple in pos­ses­sion of Pan Am tick­ets. The site will be up­dated with new of­fers regularly through­out the Games.


Fresh le­mon juice and a med­ley of spices brighten up this shrimp ce­viche with chopped onion, tomato and spicy ha­banero pep­pers.


Jerk Chicken.The Pan Am Gems are also about food, food, food.

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