It is with interest that I read earlier posts on how terrible the crowds and the mediocrity of the food is during this street fair.
I've been in Toronto for over 20 years and believe it or not, it was my first year to go, I took my mom. I had a feeling it would be crowded later on in the afternoon, and I heard about the zoo/mob atmosphere in the evening/night so we parked at Warden and got there around 12:30.
The crowds were manageable at that time and there were lots of smiles. We got off at Chester and walked towards Pape and back again to find interesting food stands. Its amazing how much competition there was out there, and I'm sure at the end of the day, the souvlaki tastes similar at each place. I can understand those who live around there and have Greek food all the time may find the festival boring and monotonous. However, we do not have Greek very often and we do not live in the area so it was interesting.
We found a stand with pork souvlaki for 5 bucks for 3, I think it must have been Mr. Greek, most other places had them for 3 bucks each. Although we wanted to try the lamb chops, we found most places had chops that were tiny and incredibly fatty for the 5 bucks. We did find a stand with rosemary and lamb pastry that was very good for 3 bucks. We also enjoyed the stand with baby back ribs for 5 bucks, I think its called Gabbys and they had a big lineup. I do think there were stands that were ripping off customers, some of the gyros stands had the big gyros rotisserie but when it came to ordering it, I noticed that they were putting miniscule amounts of meat in the pita. I did hear some grumbles about that. For sure they are there to make money, but they shouldn't lose sight of the fact that they are there to win over customers over their competition and the goal is to see the customers come back after the festival is over.
All in all, a fun time. I agree that it wouldn't be much fun if it was too crowded, But it was worth the experience and I'd definitely go again.