The Pan American Food Festival is brought to you by a talented team of dedicated professionals, many of whom volunteer their time to bring you a fun-filled event each year.

We thank all or our valued Team Members for their tremendous contribution.


DanielDaniel is founder and Director of the Pan American Food Festival. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he had a successful career as a marketer of consumer products. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Universidad del Norte, with a specialization in marketing. Since 2008, he has lived in Toronto and recently completed a diploma in Meeting & Event Management from George Brown College. An avid supporter of many Latin American community organizations in Toronto, Daniel is co-founder of ArtsXplosion, a non-profit organization that produces cultural events to bring diverse people together. ArtsXplosion’s first major project is the Pan American Food Festival, which made its debut at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, from September 20 to 22, 2013.

Francisco.Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Francisco has worked in numerous cultural organizations and government, including the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Alliance Broadcasting. In his 14 years at the Royal Ontario Museum, he was Director of Communications and Director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture. Currently, Francisco is a Principal at Mr. Pink Art Consultants. As a volunteer, Francisco has served as Chair of the Pan American Food Festival, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto, and Co-Chair of Dancers for Life, among others. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada and was recipient of the 2104 Inspire Award for Person of the Year.

MaryColombian-born, Canadian raised Mary Luz Mejia is a NATJA nominated freelance food/travel journalist, Gemini-nominated food TV producer and food communications professional. She is a regular contributor to Ricardo Magazine’s food pages, the food and drink contributing editor for the NATJA award winning Ensemble Vacations magazine and was the brunch columnist for the Toronto Star’s weekly column “The Morning After” for the last year of its existence. Her work has appeared in the Toronto Star, Organic Gardening in the US, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Living online and Toronto Life. She curates food festivals throughout Toronto including Luminato’s “Taste of the Beach,” The Pan American Food Festival and numerous Harbourfront Centre festivals where this year, she was Guest Artistic Associate of five festivals there. Saveur EIC James Oseland calls her “One of Toronto’s most passionate food journalists” and her personal goal is to master iconic Latin American dishes, one plate at a time. And por supuesto, se habla Español!

CarmenHBorn in Colombia, land of beautiful mountains and priers; She came to in Canada in 2.000.  Carmen Helena consider herself as a hard-working, analytic, active, sociable, ambitious, and creative person but at the same time she likes to enjoy the life with small things that she can share with family and friends. Sometimes she can be very talkative or really reserved, it depends how comfortable she feels. She also always like to have a new goal to achieve and never stop learning new things about work.

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carlosCarlos Bolivar is a Graphic Designer and Web and Social Media Specialist with some experience in SEO and SEM. He keeps his creativity in the simple way, loving life and admiring the talent of other artists. Carlos is also a Photographer and videographer who loves to integrate all concepts to create always new and compelling ideas. Carlos has been in our Festival since the beginning and is in charge of all our web presence and Social Media, as well the photography and video related. To check more of his work visit. and


Diego and Hector 

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