Toronto is flush with food events in August. The calendar is already full of festivals devoted to sweets, Caribbean eats, craft brews, vegan fare and Pan-American delicacies. Save your appetite because it's going to be a delicious month.
Here are my picks for the top food events in Toronto this August.
The St. Lawrence Market Summer Series, August 4
Presented in partnership with The Food Dudes, this inaugural event will transform the south patio at the historic market into an oasis of food and music. General admission is $30 and includes two food tickets
Grace Jerk Food Festival August 5 - 7
JerkFest will highlight Caribbean culture while dishing out spicy food and entertaining crowds with music and family-friendly fun at Etobicoke's Centennial Park.
Almanac Island Cookout, August 7
Escape to Artscape Gibraltar Point with ProvisionsTO for this al fresco feast featuring four-courses crafted by eight notable Toronto chefs. Tickets are $125 per person and include food, drink and a roundtrip ferry ride.
Henry's Majestic Picnic, August 7
Top Toronto chefs and their sous chef dogs will be serving up a BBQ picnic in support of the Etobicoke Humane Society at The Cheese Boutique on Sunday, August 7. Henry's Majestic Picnic runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $120.
Feast of St. Lawrence Festival, August 12 - 14
The St. Lawrence Market BIA presents its first annual Feast of St. Lawrence Festival. It'll feature dinner at a 100-foot long table set up on Front Street plus a soundtrack from a live 20-piece jazz ensemble. Tickets are $200 and support FoodShare Toronto.
Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival, August 13
This food fest caters to meatless eaters and showcases vegan food and drink purveyors from across the GTA and beyond. It returns to the Garrison Common at Fort York for its sophomore year on Saturday, August 13 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 (early bird is $10)
Pan American Food Festival, August 13 - 14
This free-to-attend festival at Yonge-Dundas Square promises a weekend featuring food, music and dance in celebration of the Americas. Expect a marketplace, competitive cook-offs, demos, coffee tastings, kids activities and more.
Roundhouse Summer Craft Beer Fest, August 13 - 14
This beer fest at Roundhouse Park promises a day of sunshine, music, beer and food. Over two dozen craft breweries will be in there along with food vendors, such as Junked Food Co., Chimney Stax Baking Co., and Sugar Mama's Mini Donuts.
Pintxos Toronto, August 14
This celebration of tapas takes over the Liberty Market Building for an afternoon of Iberian bar snacks. The lineup of participating chefs and restaurants has yet to be announced, but tickets are on sale now for $10.
Sweetery Food Festival, August 20 - 21
The free, all-ages event is at David Pecaut Square and will showcase the whimsical world of confectionery and culinary arts in the GTA. Look forward to an afternoon of sampling sweet delights and playing games like candy trivia in support of Second Harvest.
Photo from Vegan Fest 2015 by Jesse Milns.
by Liora Ipsum via blogTO