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42 Toronto food events worth checking out this June

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Liora Ipsum May 31, 2017 12:42 am 1,199

I hope you’re hungry Toronto. There are more food events happening in Toronto this June than there are days in the month.

Here are a whopping number of Toronto food events to check out this June.

Adelaide Eats

This culinary market runs two months starting June 1st. Located right in the heart of the Financial District, look forward 14 local chefs, restaurants and food entrepreneurs offering the perfect outdoor escape from the office.

When: Weekdays June 1 to July 28
Where:
150 York Street
Price: Admission is free

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Kampai Festival of Sake

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Sake Institute of Ontario announces the return of Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake 2017: Canada’s biggest festival of Sake at The Fermenting Cellar in Toronto’s historic Distillery District. This year’s event will present the opportunity to discover an exciting…

When: June 1, 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Price: From $30

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Leaside Smokedown

This community charity event boasts a BBQ dinner by Andy Elder from Grill Time Gourmet Meat Shop, refreshments by Amsterdam Brewery, and music by Community Soul Project, all in support of children with disabilities at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

When: June 1, 6 pm to Midnight
Where: Amsterdam Brewery, 45 Esandar Drive, Toronto
Price: $75 (including a tax receipt for $40 per ticket)

St. Lawrence Market BBQ in the Park

The summer kick-off for Music in St. James Park will see merchants from St. Lawrence Market join the celebrations. Guests can purchase 5 food items for $10 or 2 food items for $5; cash only.

When: June 1, 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: St James Park
Price: Admission is free

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National Doughnut Day

Celebrated the first Friday in June, this annual food day has been celebrated since 1938 as a way to honour those who served doughnuts to soldiers during the first World War. In Toronto, some bakeries and cafes are serving up special features, while others are offering freebies, and/or accepting donations for charity. We rounded them up for you right here.

When: June 2
Where: Bakeries and cafes across Toronto
Price: Varies

Sausage Party

Laneway Pop-ups returns to The Steady Bar and cafe for this presents this vegetarian hot dog pop-up. Expect two new dogs from the same people that already introduced a Seoul Food Dogs and the Fleetwood Mac and Cheese.

When: June 2, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Steady Cafe & Bar1051 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Price: Menu items $5 to $7 each

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Mac & Cheese Fest


Mac and Cheese Festival is a wildly popular weekend event is back for this free event at Ontario Place. The cheesy food fest features over 50 variations of mac and cheese as chefs compete for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize.

When: June 2 to 4
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Free

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Waterfront Artisan Market

This free outdoor festival happening every Saturday until October is presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by the Scadding Court Community Centre. Aside from the sweet lakeside setting, look for to a “carefully curated mix of 75 local, up-and-coming artisans, crafters, chefs, and bakers.”

When: Saturdays, 11 am to 8 pm,
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Appleseed Cider Festival

Discover Ontario’s burgeoning cider scene at this festival featuring local craft cider. Ticket price includes admission and three sampling tickets. The first 300 through the gates for each session will also receive a souvenir Appleseed glass.

When: June 3, 3 pm to 11 pm
Where: Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: From $25

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Eats & Beats

Ten blocks in Toronto’s east side come alive with food and music the first weekend in June in conjunction with the Riverdale Art Walk. Expect eateries to open their doors and serve up tasting plates and stroll through the hood serenaded by live entertainment.

When: June 3, 9 am to 8 pm; June 4, 9 am to 6 pm
Where: 10 blocks in Riverside spanning Queen East from Don Valley Parkway to just past De Grassi Street
Price: Free

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Food Truck Festival at Boyd Conservation Area

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 green space.

When: June 3 and 4, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Boyd Conservation Area, 8739 Islington Avenue, Woodbridge

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Toronto Taste

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Over 30 chefs, restaurants, and beverage purveyors cater this fundraiser event in support of Second Harvest food rescue programs. Tickets are pricey but all inclusive which means you can drink and dine to your heart’s stomach’s content.

When: June 4, 6 pm to 11 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price:$260 (with a $150 tax receipt)

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InFAMOus Persian Brunch

Chef Babak Fahmi shares a taste of his heritage at this special event held inside the Sherbourne sandwich shop he and his wife Shabnam own and operate. Look forward to a menu laden with precious ingredients; noble nuts, elegant dried fruits, and fragrant spices.

When: June 4, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: FAMO Sandwiches, 122 Sherbourne Street, Toronto
Price: $35

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Oyster Season Opener

Adam Colquhoun serves up a complimentary tasting of delicious East Coast oysters at this East Coast edition of 86’d Monday hosted by Ivy Knight.
When: June 5, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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Food on Film

This culinary film series, presented by the Toronto International Film Festival, wraps up for another year with a screening of Ang Lee’s 1994 culinary classic, Eat Drink Man Woman. Following the show, celeb chef Susur Lee makes an appearance to chat about the relationship between food and family.

When: June 7, 7 pm
Where: TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto
Price: Subscription from $80

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Seafood & Cocktails

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U-Feast

This ticketed dinner features springtime seafood dishes paired with cocktails. The multi-course menu features dishes like, Manila Clams seasoned with soy and sesame, Humbould Squid with watermelon, Whole Baked Rock Fish, and more.

When: June 8, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: East Thirty Six, 36 Wellington Street East, Toronto
Price: $70

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BBQ Eats

This event aims to celebrate the diverse range of BBQ-related traditions from countries around the world. It’ll also feature a BBQ competition, so get fired up for this one.

When: June 9, 6 pm to midnight; June 10, noon to midnight; June 11, noon to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, West Island, 955 Lakeshore Boulevard, Toronto

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Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival

Billed as the world’s largest butter tart festival, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest boasts 150,000 butter tarts of all sizes and flavours for sale from over 50 butter tart vendors, as well as a marketplace populated with bakers, artisans, and community groups.

When: June 10, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 King Street, Midland, Ontario
Price: Admission is free

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Grilled Cheese Challenge

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Stuff your face with grilled cheese sandwiches from challengers competing to win a $1,000 prize. In addition to food, look forward to live music, rides, games, a beer garden, and more.

When: June 10, 11 am to 6 pm;
Where: Lake Shore Boulevard West and Islington
Price: Admission is free

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Ontario Craft Brew Week

Breweries, restaurants, pubs, and venues across Toronto promote indie craft beer in Ontario and this week full of beer-centric events, tastings, and shows. See the full list of events right here.

When: June 10 to 18
Where: Locations across Toronto

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Foodalicious

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

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Mr. Falco Pizza Pop-Up

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Superpoint Pizza hosts Brooklyn’s Mr. Falco Pizza for a two-night pop’up promising “thin and crispy bar pies.”

When: June 11, 4 pm to 1 am; June 12 4 pm to 11 pm
Where: Superpoint Pizza, 184 Ossington Avenue, Toronto

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Canadian Premiere of MacKinnon Brothers

86’d Mondays hosts the Canadian Premiere of MacKinnon Brothers, a beer-fueled screening of this doc short celebrating this Ontario family’s journey to create a craft beer using only ingredients from their farm.

When: June 12, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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The Stop’s Night Market

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This ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT event will transform a vacant lot in the Lower Junction into a vibrant open-air marketplace populated with one-of-a-kind food carts and open bars. Expect an ambulatory feast featuring 70 chefs and 20 local beverage purveyors showcased over two nights.

When: June 13 and 14, 7 pm
Where: 181 Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: $100

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World Tapas Day

This culinary market place promises assorted tapas from top Toronto chefs and fine food purveyors in celebration of Spanish culture. Among the participating vendors, look forward to seeing Andres Solomon of Barsa Taberna, Doug Penfold of Cava, and Laura Maxwell of Le Select Bistro.

When: June 15, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: CHCA, 300 Adelaide Street East, Toronto
Price: $60

Taste of Toronto

Among the mouthwatering things-to-do at this festival: cooking classes, mixologist demos, pop-up restaurants from influential Toronto chefs, and a marketplace stocked with assorted delicacies.

When: June 15 to 18
Where: Garrison Common, Fort York
Price: From $17

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Craft Beer Passport Launch Party

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Celebrate the launch of the 2017 Craft Beer Passport at this party serving suds from six Toronto breweries. Passport holders can enjoy $2 craft beers at participating bars and breweries across Toronto between June 1 and November 30.

When: June 15, 8 pm to 1 am
Where: StudioBar, 824 Dundas Street West, Toronto

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Greek Taverna Dinner

Restaurant chef/owners, Vera Tzoulas and Chris Priftis present this family style dinner featuring homestyle Greek comfort foods. Included in the ticket price, a multi-course feast with two wine pairings.

When: June 15, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: FAT Lamb Kouzina, 874 Yonge Street, Toronto
Price: $75

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Beach BBQ & Brews

Spend Father’s Day weekend in this Beach Rib Fest featuring finger-licking eats from award-winning rib teams accompanied by a craft beer market, wine and spirits area, kids zone, life-size board games, backyard BBQ games, and more.

When: June 16, noon to 7 pm; June 17, 11 am to 11 pm; June 18, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1675 Lake Shore Boulevard East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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Taste of Little Italy

The annual street fest celebrates College Street’s Italian history over Father’s Day weekend. Per tradition, look forward to patios spilling into the streets, live music, and of course, tons of food.

When: June 16 to 18
Where: College Street West, between Shaw Street and Bathurst Street
Price: Admission is free

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Taco Fest

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Tacos, hot sauce tastings, margarita bars, nacho and salsa samplings, Mexican street corn, and live mariachi music are all on the agenda at this weekend fiesta.

When: June 16, 11 am to 10 pm; June 17, 11 am to 10 pm; June 18, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $9.95

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Vaughan Food Truck Festival

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

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Wine & Spirit Festival

Attractions at this 19+ event include pairing seminars, sampling opportunities, live music, and a breeze off the lake.

When: June 16, 5 pm to 11 pm; June 17, 2 pm to 10 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: $25

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Strawberry Festival

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Now in its fifth year, the Baby Point Gates Strawberry Festival is a charity event benefiting SickKids, that will surely satisfy seasonal cravings. Held on Saturday, June 17, the outdoor festival will bring together 17 local merchants to each serve up strawberry-centric treats for a $2 donation.

When: June 17
Where: Baby Point Gates Gardens, Jane Street and Metheun Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

Sipsmith Gin Celebration

SipSmith London Dry Gin launches in Toronto with this evening of samples, cocktails, and appetizers at this installment of 86’d Monday hosted by Ivy Knight.

When: June 19, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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Top Chef Mexico Dinner

Chef Elia Herrera and fellow contestants from season two of Top Chef Mexico collaborate for this culinary journey through Mexico. Guest Chefs Gabriel Rodriguez (Maximo Bistrot),  Ix-Chel Ornelas (El Patio), Diego Sobrino (Mexsi Bocu), and Daniel Espinoza (Mexique) present a multi-course feast paired with tequila cocktails and beers.

When: June 19, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Los Colibris, 220 King Street West, Toronto,
Price: $115

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The Food Dudes Block Party

Chefs, artists, and entertainers come together for this non-profit Block Party in support of Red Door Family Shelter.

When: June 23, 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Toronto Event Centre, 15 Saskatchewan Road, Toronto
Price: $20 in advance, $40 at the door

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Toronto Craft Beer Festival 2017

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This two-day event is the craft beer aficionado’s dream turning the massive venue of West Island, Ontario Place into one huge beer garden featuring indie brews, live music, and sizzling food vendors.

When: June 23 to 24, 3:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: West Island of Ontario Place – 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West
Price: Tickets start at $10 – available through Toronto Craft Beer Festival

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Pinoy Fiesta

The massive celebration of Filipino culture promises a full day packed full of food, entertainment for all ages, and shopping.

When: June 24, 8 am to 10 pm
Where: Metro Toronto  Convention Centre,Hall A, 255 Front Street West, Toronto
Price: $15

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Ocean Wise Ceviche Champion

Honest Weight, Rose & Sons, Mercatto, The Chase, Oyster Boy, and Nique battle it out for the title of Ceviche champion and attendees get to sample and judge on the winner at this edition of 86’d Monday hosted by Ivy Knight.

When: June 26, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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Northern Pasta Tasting

Enjoy a tasting menu at this ticketed dinner promising four starters, four pasta dishes, dessert, and optional wine pairings from this rustic east side restaurant.When: June 26, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: The Peasant Table, 782 Queen Street East
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Toronto Rib Fest

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When: June 30, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park
Price: $35 to $45

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