The top food events in Toronto this summer are the perfect opportunity to get a taste of our diverse culinary scene while soaking up the sun and maybe a few cold ones. This summer, our calendars are jam-packed with street festivals, BBQs, night markets, and more!
Here are my picks for the top food events and festivals taking place this summer in Toronto.
Toronto Rib Fest
The annual celebration of BBQ and pork takes over Centennial Park from June 27 until Canada Day on July 1. Concert stages and a midway make for a whole day of family fun, while the main attraction is of course the selection of slow smoked meats from pit masters across Ontario.
Taste of Toronto
Now in its sophomore year, this internationally acclaimed food festival takes place at Fort York from July 2 to 5. Look forward to a lineup of 30+ chefs dishing out delicacies, a vendor marketplace, a WayHome preview stage, guided tastings, master classes, and more. Admission is $19 to $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
Toronto Food Fest
Taking place in the afternoon on Sunday, July 12, this free event will occur at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto (5183 Sheppard Ave. East) and feature a bevy of vendors. Look forward to regulars on the pop-up circuit plus newcomers like Liko's Hawaiian Barbecue, and Heirloom Food Truck.
Happening in the alley behind Rodney's Oyster House (469 King St. West) on Sunday, July 19 will feature a bevy of bivalves and other seafood centric attractions. Tickets are available for $33 in advance, or $40 (cash only) at the door.
Night It Up!
Admission is free for this Asian night market, happening July 24 to 26 at the Markham Civic Centre. The three-day food festival boasts 120 vendors, a spectacular stage lineup, and ticketed attractions like the Paint-a-Thon.
Toronto Food Truck Festival
Toronto's favourite food trucks will rally at Woodbine Park on August 1 and 2 for two days of street foods, eating challenges, cold beer, live music, and a children's village. Admission is free, but you'll have to pay for your eats.
Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival
Celebrate the best of Toronto's vegan dining scene along with plenty of beer, wine and live music at Garrison Common in historic Fort York on August 8. General admission is $10, or $20 including three drink tickets.
Toronto's inaugural food festival devoted to all things sweet will debut August 15 to 16 at Front and Portland. Admission is free for the two day event featuring piñatas, jelly bean counts, loot bags, and, food stands helmed by local bakeries, patisseries, doughnut shops and ice cream parlours.
T&T Waterfront Night Market
Happening August 14 to 16 in the parking lot of the Cherry Street supermarket, this night market will feature an array of vendors gathered in the Port Lands . Expect delicious hawking stinky tofu, steamed buns and grilled seafoods on skewers. Here's what it looked like last year.
Diner en Blanc
The location will be announced last minute, but the pop-up white party has announced it'll take place on Thursday, August 27. Guests are required to wear all white, and to bring along their own table, chairs, and white table settings as well as food and drink.
What did I miss? Plug your favourite summer food events in the comments.
Photo from the Waterfront Night Market.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO