Cuckoo For The Coconut Festival

First Time Event in Canada at Wychwood Barns

The humble and versatile coconut continues to endure and flourish. How can one tree offer such a variety of flavours and textures, one may ask?  From thirst-quenching, immaculate coconut water; silky, tender coconut meat; luscious, creamy and dairy-free coconut milk; gluten-free and fibre-rich coconut flakes; the list goes on. From the leaves down to its roots, its uses and functions are virtually endless. Canadians’ love for this tropical wonder has been quickly making its way into the mainstream. While the actual origin of the coconut is still under debate today, most Canadians would agree that the mere mention of its name conjures thoughts of summertime beaches, Piña Coladas and warm tropical breezes; just what the doctor ordered after a long and dreary winter.

With the hot summer season ahead, Toronto will be host to Canada’s First Coconut Festival and Marketplace on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The Coconut Festival aims to bring the community together to learn about the many health benefits of coconuts as well as its diverse culinary uses. “We are so thrilled to be able to bring the Coconut Festival to Canadians who have been wanting to learn more about how to enjoy this wonderful food, while also helping to promote the livelihood of coconut farmers around the world,” said event co-founder, Anne Josef.

The event will feature local businesses, products, chefs, naturopathic doctors, authors and farmers that strive to promote health and wellness through the use of coconuts. Guest speakers will include Marni Wasserman (nutritionist), Dr. Mark Andal (naturopathic doctor), Jennifer Papaconstantinou (clinical nutritionist), Sunita Mohan (homeopathic doctor and TV host) and me. Food adventurers can expect gastronomic repertoire from progressive chefs, cooks and bakers utilizing the tropical fruit in its entire splendour, and will salivate as they discover new ways to create exciting coconut-based dishes. Canada’s First Coconut Festival and Marketplace is truly a fun-filled family event that is not to be missed.

This event serves a unifying and supportive community educating each other through sickness and health. For centuries, many cultures have enjoyed the coconut as a dietary staple, enjoyed its medicinal and cosmetic applications, and made use of its highly versatile materials in the manufacture of instruments, art, clothing and even fuel. When it comes to coconuts, there is a lot to go coco about after all!

The Coconut Festival will be held Sunday August 24, 2014 from 10a.m. – 6p.m. at Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto. For more information including a list of vendors and guest speakers, or for interview requests, please contact or visit



Victoria Yeh is a Gluten-Free Author, Columnist, Public Speaker. She was nominated 2012 and 2013 as Canada's Best Natural Health Motivator/Speaker and Author. She wrote Where Do I Start, Your essential gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free food allergy cookbook


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