The colours of Toronto Halal Food Festival

The colours of Toronto Halal Food Festival

July 18, 2017
Web Desk

More than 35,000 people visited the fifth annual Halal Food Festival Toronto 2017 that took place on Saturday and Sunday at the International Centre in Mississauga.

The Halal Food Festival Toronto, North America's biggest halal fair, took Muslim visitors back in time to see their achievements and contributions in the Canadian society.

The guests enjoyed unique offerings at over 200 food booths from the Greater Toronto Area's best halal restaurants, bakeries, specialty stores and manufacturers, Mississauga News reported.

"The Muslim population continues to grow in Canada, and because of it, the halal food industry is also growing," said Salima Jivraj, founder of Halal Food Fest.

"The demand for halal food is there, but there's still room for more education around what halal is and what makes certain foods halal," She said.

The annual fair also celebrated Canada's 150th birthday and dedicated some exhibits to the history.

Presented by an online blog to help Muslims understand and learn about their history this year's new attraction was a unique booth titled "The History of Muslims in Canada."

The exhibit showcased the Muslims' history since the 1800s.

"This isn't just the story of the community's growth. It also features many incredible contributions of Muslims to Canadian culture and society," said Hassam Munir, founder of

"I feel it (the exhibit) can play a role in dispelling some of the myths about Canadian Muslims that make up Islamophobic narratives. At the same time, it can also inspire Canadian Muslims to continue making such contributions," Munir said.

He said 100 years ago, the majority of Canadians had never even heard of halal food, but now there is an entire festival dedicated to celebrating the halal food industry.

"I hope to inspire anyone who visits this booth to start putting their day-to-day decisions and actions into perspective," said Munir.

In addition, people took part in educational workshops and seminars to learn about the growing halal food industry.

According to a report, the Canadian halal food market is estimated to be worth $1 billion, and Canada's Muslim community is expected to triple by 2031.