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26 Toronto food events worth checking out in February

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Liora Ipsum Feb 01, 2018 7:04 am 310

February is a short month and to make up for it Toronto seems to be over-compensating with more food events than any one person could ever possible attend – although we dare you to try.

From Winterlicious and La Poutine Week to a winter beer festival, pop-ups, and V-day menus, here are all the food events happening in Toronto this February.

Winterlicious 2018

Winterlicious at Weslodge

Winterlicious at Weslodge

Toronto’s biannual prix fixe promotion returns this winter from January 26 to February 8, 2018 and in addition to the special menus at restaurants across the city, Winterlicious has also released the line-up for its Culinary Events Series.

When: On now until February 8
Where: Restaurants across Toronto

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La Poutine Week Toronto

La Poutine Week Montreal

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Perfectly timed for all the carb cravings caused by winter in Canada, the great French-Canadian classic is cause for celebration at a handful of Toronto restaurants where the dining public will have a chance to eat and vote on unique poutine creations.

When: February 1 to 7, 2018
Where: Participating restaurants in Toronto

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Dinner with the Mackenzies

Mackenzie House

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This unique dining and theatrical experience is set inside the 1860s home of William Lyon Mackenzie and his wife Isabel. The intimate event includes period music and four-course Victorian inspired meal, as well as the opportunity for participants to interact with actors.

When: February 1, 2 and 3
Where: The Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street, Toronto
Price: $105

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Sausage Party Pop-Up

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JSausage Party Toronto pops up in the brewery for an afternoon of beers and bites. On the menu, four unique loaded gourmet vegetarian and vegan hot dogs to choose from.

When: February 2, 2018, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Savour St. Lawrence Market

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Tour the Market with a glass of sparkling wine in hand and enjoy tastings from three Market merchants before partaking in a four-course demo and dine experience that features “the bounty of the Market paired with local Ontario wines.”

When: February 2, 3 and 5
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East, Toronto
Price: $100

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World Nutella Weekend

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World Nutella Day takes place annually on February 5, which, in 2018 is a Monday meaning many Toronto bakeries customarily are closed. As a result, the single day devoted to all things choco-hazelnut has spawned into World Nutella Weekend. Check out our round up featuring top picks on where to celebrate.

When: February 3 to 5
Where: Participating bakeries in Toronto

Toronto Tea Festival

Toronto Tea Festival

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From February 3 to 4 at the Toronto Reference Library, tea drinkers will be able to discover something new with the hundreds of tea tastings and opportunities to visit with experts from the industry at one of the many complimentary presentations.

When: February 3 to 4, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Price: Tickets start at $12 and are already available online

High Tea at Casa Loma

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Channel the Edwardian era over teas and a tiered cake stand topped with mini pastries, scones, croissants, strawberries and cream, crumpets, and tea sandwiches.

When: February 3 and 4, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Casa Loma, 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto
Price: $40

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Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII

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Whether the game plan is to host your own tailgating party or head out to a local ball, we’ve rounded up all the best game day destinations including sports bars and snack purveyors across Toronto.

When: February 4
Where: Venues across Toronto

Chinese New Year Feast

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Get a head start on Lunar New Year celebrations at this feast presented by Chef Mandy Sou. On the menu, shrimp-lobster dumplings, chicken and egg soup, roast suckling pig, and more!

When: February 8, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Pray Tell, 838 College Street, Toronto
Price: $88

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Cioccolato’s

Cioccolato’s free chocolate pizza

Cioccolato’s

There’s a pop-up pizzeria coming to Toronto this February but rather than serving up cheesy pies, this new place deals exclusively in dessert! The promo from the Dr. Oetker brand is already advertising its impending arrival on Queen West for a full week in February when it will dish out FREE chocolate pizza to the public.

When: February 9 to 14, 3 pm to 9 pm
Where: 1056 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: FREE!

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Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Fest

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Billed as “crazy Canuck fun,” this beer fest will feature plenty of sampling from 40+ craft brewers from across Ontario plus food vendors dishing out hearty, comfort foods like dumplings, poutine, and meat pies.

When: February 10, 2018, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the gates

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Pickering’s Annual Butter Tart Festival

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This full-day festival devoted to the iconic Ontario treat takes place just 45 minutes from downtown Toronto.

When: February 10, 9 am to 4 pm
Where: Pickering Recreation Complex, 1867 Valley Farm Road, Pickering

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Big News Breakfast Pop-Up

Big News Breakfast

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Breakfast and beer! Big News Breakfast pops up in the east-side brewery for a hangover helping morning meal with a little hair of the dog.

When: February 11, 2018, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Love at the Zoo

The Toronto Zoo

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Looking for a wild way to spend Valentine’s Day in Toronto this year? The Toronto Zoo is hosting dinner date nights this February! Possibly one of the most exotic locales in the city, this evening event promises special animal encounters, an interactive and informative presentation, and an all-you-can-eat (AYCE) feast.

When: February 10 and 14, 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Where: Toronto Zoo, 2000 Meadowvale Road, Toronto
Price: $85

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Valentine’s Day

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Check out our round-up of the most romantic date night destinations, sweetheart treats, and menu specials on offer across Toronto for the annual day of romance.

When: February 14
Where: Restaurants across Toronto

Chinese Take-Out Takeover

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Jackpot celebrates the Chinese New Year with a menu inspired by classic, Chinese-Canadian take-out dishes.

When: February 16 and 17, 2018
Where: 318 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

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Eats on King

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The City of Toronto is launching “Eats on King,” a new program, described as similar to Winterlicious and promoting restaurants in the area of the King Street Pilot project.

When: February 19 to March 29
Where: Participating King West restaurants

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Good Cheese x KBCo

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“Forget about cheese and wine, this event is all about the wonderful world of cheese and beer!” the guided tasting includes a welcome beer and 4 beer and cheese pairings and a chance to rub shoulders with the brewer and cheese expert from Good Cheese.

When: February 20, 7 pm
Where: Kensington Brewing Company, 299 Augusta Avenue, Toronto
Price: $40

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Live from the Sugar Shack

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Don our best flannel or a Canadian tuxedo for this sugar shack experience offering a taste of Canadian cuisine including the flavours of maple, winter spices, foie gras, savoury pancakes, tourtière, and more.

When: February 21, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Parts & Labour, 1566 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $65

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Recipe For Change

Recipe for Change nuit regular pai suhkothai all-you-can-eat

Recipe for Change

Now in its 9th year, the annual all-you-can-eat event is in support of FoodShare‘s vital food literacy work and school food and farm programs and will bring together 30 of Toronto’s top chefs and restaurateurs for an evening of unlimited feasting.

When: February 22, 2018
Where: St. Lawrence Market, (market tent) Toronto
Price: $135

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Mama Raty’s Finnish Meat Pie Pop-Up

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The brewery hosts Mama Raty for this pop-up event featuring Finnish meat pies and craft beers. On the menu, handheld pies featuring fluffy dough packed with savoury beef and rice and fried to perfection.

When: February 23, 2018, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Hungry for Comfort: Surviving a Canadian Winter

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Food enthusiasts can take a historic look at “how different peoples survived and thrived in Canada’s bitter winter” at this one-day spotlighting “culinary stories of the First Nations, Metis, French and English, with speakers, demonstrations, workshops and tastings.”

When: February 24, 2018, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $75 per workshop (early bird special, $65 before February 9)

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Speed Rack

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Now in its third year, cocktail competition Speed Rack – created for and by female bartenders to promote female bartenders – will see competitors go head to head in round-robin, timed, and judged challenges in the Toronto edition of the national qualifiers.

When: February 25, 2018, 3 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: Enercare Center, Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto

Restaurants Canada Show

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This annual trade show for industry folks will sample and demo innovative new products, dishes, and gadgets.

When: February 25, 2018, 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Enercare Centre, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Suite 1, Toronto
Price: Admission from $55.

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Under the Witch’s Spell

Sea Witch fish and chips

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Enjoy a Maritime inspired tasting menu complete with fish and chips, chowder, candied smoked salmon, appy platters, and flights of Samuel Adams Beer (refills included) at this ticketed dinner capping off the month of February.

When: February 28, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Sea Witch, 636 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Price: $50

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Liora Ipsum
A former Daily Hive Toronto Food Editor.
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