Summerlicious is returning to Toronto.

The August event, which celebrates the city's culinary diversity, has been on hiatus since the COVID-19 pandemic began. A news release from the City of Toronto says this year’s event -- which will run between the 12-28 -- will make it easier for restaurants to participate and that patrons are encouraged to attend in an effort to accelerate recovery from several lockdowns in which the cities’ eateries lost countless revenue.

The City is encouraging more participation this year by waiving fees for all participating restaurants and running the event later in the summer, rather than in July. The city also says it will allow restaurants greater flexibility to set their own menus and price points, and it has also simplified the online application process.

“I am delighted that Summerlicious -- a favourite amongst foodies in the city -- will return in August. While restaurants have been hard hit through this pandemic, we haven’t stopped finding new and innovative ways to support these business owners and keep people working -- including with this free and improved Summerlicious program,” Mayor John Tory said.

“With incredible restaurants across Toronto and diverse cuisine options to choose from, there’s something for everyone. I encourage Toronto residents to continue supporting and celebrating the revival of Toronto restaurants by safely joining friends and dining in locally to sample the diverse culinary offerings Toronto restaurants have to offer.”

Sumerlicious and its Winterlicious counterpart began in 2003 as a ways of promoting the city’s culinary scene, during which time over 7.9M meals have been sold and $353M in economic activity has been generated.

Restaurants interested in participating can register here.