Foodies of Colour


Bringing together people of colour who are passionate about food.

Foodies of Colour is a Toronto-based network that brings together people of colour who are passionate about food. We are a community of bloggers, writers, photographers, and food enthusiasts - and every once in a while, we get together to roam the city on fantastic food tours, organize dinners at restaurants, and host guest speakers and chefs who have great stories to tell.


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2019 Event Series


Saturday February 16 2019

MSG, or monosodium glutamate, has long been the bogeyman of the food world. It’s been blamed for allergies, headaches, and the so-called “Chinese restaurant syndrome”. Despite scientific studies debunking the xenophobic myths, its negative reputation still persists. Paranoia surrounds MSG, and Western attitudes assign the negative connotations of MSG solely on Chinese cuisine - even though it’s found in many day-to-day Western foods. To this day, it is frequently only Chinese and East-Asian restaurants that are forced to attest that they do not use the seasoning in their establishment to assure customers that their business is safe.

Shellie Zhang (b. 1991, Beijing, China), a multidisciplinary artist based in Tkaronto/Toronto, has explored these issues through her artwork series Accent, which looks at the complicated history of MSG and how fear of the product has racialized undertones.

Join us for a conversation with Shellie Zhang, over a Saturday afternoon of all-you-can-eat dim sum.

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Shellie Zhang. Photo courtesy of Yuula Benivolski.

Shellie Zhang. Photo courtesy of Yuula Benivolski.

Friday march 22 2019

IN Conversation with black foodie

What happens to food traditions when they are disrupted by colonialism, occupation, and violence? And how do food cultures absorb such shocks, and adapt their ways of eating to new realities? Be it broken rice in Ghana, bannock in the First Nations of Turtle Island, or southern soul food in the U.S., marginalized cultures have long adapted their food to develop delicious new cuisines in times of oppression. But sometimes this comes at the cost of leaving behind a rich history of food traditions.

Join us for a conversation with Eden Hagos, the founder of Black Foodie, on this topic.

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Eden Hagos

Eden Hagos

The halal food movement in Canada

Saturday April 13 2019

The halal industry is worth $1 billion in Canada alone; and when someone writes the history of the halal food movement, Salima Jivraj’s name will be at the centre of that story. Six years ago, Salima started Toronto’s first ever Halal Food Festival. Fast forward to now, and it is North America’s largest Muslim food festival, welcoming over 35,000 people a year to eat their way through a delicious array of halal food.

Come join us for an evening with Salima, where we’ll hear about the story of Halal Foodie and what’s next for her.

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Salima Jivraj

Salima Jivraj

Scarborough food tour

August 24 2019

Without a doubt, some of Toronto’s best food is in Scarborough. Whether it's Malay, Thai, Tamil, Caribbean, Chinese and more, you'll find it in this suburban mecca of food.

Howard Tam, our food tour guide, was born and raised in Scarborough. An urban planner by trade, Howard knows both the history of Scarborough and its food scene well. Come join us on a day-long tour of the best that Scarborough has to offer - with a local guide who will share stories of the immigrant history of Scarborough, and most importantly, all the great places to eat.

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exclusion and racism in Toronto food media

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Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural and diverse cities in North America - over 50 percent of the city’s residents are racialized minorities, and we have a food scene that reflects this. We also have a food media that is dedicated to showcasing Toronto’s food - but does Toronto’s food media accurately reflect its diversity?

Aisha J. Silim is a former journalist and a graduate of the London School of Economics, where she studied the political sociology of media. She is also the founder of Foodies of Colour, and a local food blogger.

Join us for a conversation with Aisha, where she shares her research on diversity within Toronto’s food media.

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Aisha J. Silim

Aisha J. Silim


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