Thousands showed up to College Street June 16 -18th, to enjoy the ever-popular Taste of Little Italy. The weekend was filled with music, amazing food and as always, countless perfect summer patios. The highlight of this year’s event however, was the photo contest run by the Little Italy BIA. The contest gave attendees the opportunity to win a trip for two to Italy, simply posting their best Taste of Little Italy experience to Instagram (with a few tags and hashtags of course).
We received so many photos that we assembled a committee to review and judge, based on creativity, uniqueness, and how well they highlighted our neighbourhood and the atmosphere of the event. In the end, 11 photos were chosen at the top submissions. These photos were posted to Facebook where the public then got their chance to weigh in on which photo would take the grand prize.
Voting started on Monday, June 26, and ended at 11:59PM on Sunday, July 2nd. While all 11 of the top photos were unique and interesting in their own way, it seemed the race would be down to two submissions in particular. One, which the committee title, “The Red Balloon” and the other, “Lady and the Tramp”. The two fought hard all throughout the week and on the last day, with only hours left in the contest, the photos bounced back and forth between second and first place. As the day ended and the contest came to a close, it was The Red Balloon that finally took the top spot. The photo, submitted by Saymon Smarcaro of Toronto, inched its way to the top just in time.
We’d like to congratulate Saymon for his win. We’d also like to express how jealous we are of him and that lucky person that will join him on this trip of a lifetime. If only employees of the BIA were eligible to win…