Here’s What You Need to Know About Mississauga’s Newest Food Festival


Published August 28, 2019 at 12:18 am


Last week, reported that Mississauga Councillor Dipika Damerla was getting ready to make an announcement about a new food festival coming to Canada’s sixth largest city. 

Well, you won’t have to wait long for this festival to arrive.

Damerla made the announcement at the Pho Do Thi Vietnamese restaurant at the corner of Hurontario and Dundas Street, and it looks like the Taste of Cooksville Food Festival will happen on Sunday, September 22 between 11 am to 4 pm. 

The section of Dundas Street between Hurontario and Camilla Road will be closed off for Taste of Cooksville.“Cooksville is really a foodie’s dream come true and it’s time that people know some of the best food is in the GTA; this area is slowly becoming known as the food capital of the GTA,” Damerla said, adding that this ‘historic part of Mississauga should have something to celebrate’, like other parts of the city such as Port Credit and Streetsville. 

Damerla added that this will be the first time ever that Dundas Street (at least this portion) will be closed to vehicular traffic as the street will be ‘transformed’ into a pedestrian ‘town square’ with live music, a bouncy castle, buskers as well as many other activities for families and children.Councillor Dipika Damerla unveiling poster for Taste of Cooksville, currently hanging on front window of Pho Do Thi, 25 Dundas Street East, Mississauga

Various vendors will be serving food available from local restaurants at a fixed price menu of $5 so people “get the real Taste of Cooksville”. Some of the participating restaurants include EuroMax Bakery, WOW Korean Restaurant, My Empanada, Potluck Restaurant, Pho Do Thi, The Village, Yumy’s Chicken and Master Biryani and Grill. 

The event is organized by volunteers and sponsored by Adonis, Ready Honda, LifeLabs, Xtremeties Tattoo, CIBC, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and the Mississauga Board of Trade.

Damerla also promised what she called “a surprise”, the details of which she could not disclose during her press conference but she said she was finalizing the permits. 

For more information on the event click here, where you can sign up as a volunteer, participating sponsor or restaurant. 

Will you be attending the first ever Taste of Cooksville in Mississauga?

Some historical facts about Cooksville:

  • Sometimes known as 5 and 10 (Dundas is designated as Highway 5 and Hurontario as Highway 10), the community started out as Harrisville around 1808.

  • Renamed Cooksville in 1836 after Jacob Cook, a local businessman who operated a stage coach company, the local inn and delivered mail.

  • Mississauga’s first town hall was located in Cooksville before it moved near Square One.

  • Cooksville was once ‘Canada’s Winemaking Capital’, after Johann Schiller founded a small vineyard in the area around 1811.

  • Cooksville currently resides in Ward 7; as recently as last year, city council had three members sitting on it at the same time who once represented the ward in their careers: Ron Starr (current Ward 6 councillor, who represented Ward 7 from 1979-1980), Dave Cook (1980-1988) and the previous incumbent before Damerla, Nando Iannicca (1988-2018). 

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