Summer weather has finally arrived in Toronto and food trucks from across Ontario can be heard revving their engines in excitement.
While roaming kitchens will make appearances at music festivals and street parties all summer long, there’s more than a few events on in the coming months where food trucks will gather en masses for a frenzy of street eats in the sun.
Here are the most notable food truck festivals happening in Toronto and the surrounding areas for summer 2017:
This east side food festival returns for its sophmore year and is promising 15 trucks in attendance. Among the participating curbside eateries on the bill, look forward to seeing Crispy Craves, Dairy’s Best, Food Cabbie, Mustache Burger, Alijandro’s Kitchen, The Corn Cowboys, and more.
When: May 27, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Parking Lot H, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), 1265 Military Trail, Toronto
Over 30 curbside kitchens are getting all fired up for the fourth annual food truck festival organized by the Rotary Club of Whitby. In addition to street eats, look forward to artisan vendors, live musical performances, and family-friendly activities.
When: May 27, 11 am to 11 pm; May 28, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Iroquois Park Grounds, 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby
The conservation area in Woodbridge hosts their first every food truck festival the first weekend in June. Enjoy half price admission to the parklands and step up your picnic game at this majestic greenspace.
When: June 3 and 4, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Boyd Conservation Area, 8739 Islington Avenue, Woodbridge
This food truck festival takes over Downsview Park for a weekend featuring food vendors including Mustache Burger, Johnny Roccos Pizza Wagon, and Busters Sea Cove (to name just a few), plus a beer garden, live entertainment, and a kiddy midway.
When: June 10, 11 am to 11 pm, June 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Downsview Park
Price: General admission is $5
Taking place Father’s Day weekend, this food festival just north of Toronto. In addition food trucks, this festival promises a beer garden, local talent showcase, kid zone, and more.
When: June 16, 5 pm to 11 pm; June 17, 11 am to 11 pm; June 18, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: MacKenzie Glen Park, Vaughan
Price: Admission is free
New this season, The Canadian Food Truck Festival is launching an edition in Burlington. is expanding to Burlington! The weekend event takes place in July and will feature food trucks from across Southern Ontario as well as live performers.
When: July 22, noon to 9 pm; July 23: noon to 9 pm
Where: Spencer Smith Park, 1400 Lakeshore Road, Burlington
Returning to the Toronto Beach(es), this food truck festival takes over Woodbine Park over the civic holiday long weekend. As always, admission is free and in addition to street foods expect live-eating challenges and other entertainment on site.
When: August 4, 5 pm to 10 pm; August 5, noon to 10 pm; August 6, noon to 8 pm; August 7, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Friends, kids, pets are all welcome to this park turned foodie haven in mid-August. Admission is free for the weekend of outdoor eating, plus there will be a beer garden, children’s village, beer garden, and stage showcasing live entertainment.
When: August 11, 5 pm to 9 pm; August 12, noon to 9 pm; August 13, noon to 8 pm
Where: The Esplanade Park, 1 The Esplanade, Pickering
Situated on Princes’ Boulevard just inside the historic Princes’ Gates, the Frenzy returns for another year of extreme carnival eats. Details including dates and vendors TBA.
When: Dates between August 18 and September 4 TBA
Where: CNE Grounds, 210 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
The largest park in Richmond Hill plays host to this food truck rally and festival in September. Participating trucks have yet to be announced, but parking, food, drinks and entertainment are all promised.
When: September 2, noon to 8 pm; September 3, noon to 8 pm
Where: Richmond Green Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd East, Richmond Hill
FTFO has yet to release its 2017 line-up but the time and place are dates are set for the third weekend in September on Toronto’s waterfront.
When: September 16 and 17
Where: Sherborne Common, 61 Dockside Drive, Toronto