This week in Toronto food events: Hannukah kicks off, Christmas is just around the corner, and there ares plenty of festive markets, pop-ups, and parties to attend.
Here’s what’s happening this week in Toronto.
When: December 11, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
The Toronto Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District from November 16 to December 23 and in addition to the twinkling lights and holiday cheer, look forward to plenty of seasonal sweets and European-inspired eats.
Where: The Distillery District
When: November 16 to December 23 – closed on Mondays.
This massive holiday market and winter carnival located outside Toronto City Hall kicked off on December 1 and runs until the day before Christmas Eve. Look forward to holiday shopping, an ice bar, and plenty of festive foods including a two-handed festive feast dubbed Deep Fried Christmas, plus Beavertails, poutine, fudge, and more.
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
When: December 1 to 23
Le Gourmand’s legendary chocolate chip cookies are available throughout the month from a food truck parked outside of Sick Kids.
When: Throughout the month of December
Where: Sick Kids Hospital, 555 University Avenue, Toronto
Roast s’mores over the open campfire and enjoy warm beverages from the Sipping Container while shopping or playing street curling at this Winter Village. Hungry for more? Look forward to a rotating line-up of food trucks serving up comfort foods ranging from crêpes to gourmet grilled cheese, and more.
When: Weekends in December and weekdays from December 26 to 29, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free
Jonathan and Drew Scott from HGTV’s Property Brothers help raise money for the Nzirambi Orphanage in Uganda at this evening of wine, bubbles, cake fun. The Property Bros. will assist with design tips, structural advice and eating as guests work on cake creations alongside raffles, food and drink.
When: December 12, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Le Dolci Loft, 114 Geary Avenue, Toronto
IKEA is introducing Swedish Christmas traditions to Canada this December. The Swedish retailer is offering a traditional Swedish Christmas smörgåsbord, called a Julbord, at its restaurants and cafes on select dates throughout the month.
When: December 13, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: 15 Provost Drive, Toronto
When: December 13, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: 1475 The Queensway, Etobicoke
When: December 13 and 14, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 200 Interchange Way, Concord
Middle Eastern inspired cocktails paired with a selection mezze, seared lamb loin, grilled quail, and more are on the menu from Chef Seb Yacoubain at this communal feast presented by Mayrik and The White Distillery.
When: December 14, 7 pm
Where: Mayrik, 1580 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Come through this holiday social and enjoy complimentary African Canapes, Caribbean snacks, cassava pone, and Black cake, then fill up on a festive menu created by Toronto’s newest African Restaurant’s Kiza!
When: December 14, 6 pm
Where: Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, 366 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: $10 in advance
Acclaimed Montreal restaurant Au Pied de Cochon pops up in Toronto for two days in December to deal out festive favourites like tourtière, foie gras terrine, house-made ketchup, apple jelly, and more.
When: Pick up on December 15 from 11 am to 3 pm
Where: Spaces Self Storage, 356 Eastern Avenue, Toronto
Some of the best Syrian cooks in Toronto join forces with a chef from the CN Tower, performers, and volunteers for this fundraiser dinner featuring a menu of pita, baba ganoush, tabouleh, kabsa, and more. Funds raised will go to support a Syrian refugee family in Ghana being sponsored to come to Canada by Community Matters Toronto.
When: December 15, 5:50 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen Street East, Toronto
Pulled pork nachos, pulled pork bao, and a vegan Sloppy Joe pop up for an afternoon of bar snacks and beers at Henderson Brewery Co.
When: December 16, 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing Co 128A Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: $8 to $12
This vegan holiday market from the same folks behind this summer’s Vegan Wine & Cheese Fest, offers a festive way to warm up with seasonal treats, shop an abundance of gift options from local vegan-friendly businesses, and stock up for holiday entertaining.
When: December 17, noon to 7 pm
Where: Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is $5 online, $8 at the door.