It’s the first weekend of fall in Toronto but don’t assume this city is ready to hibernate.
The weather is going to be beautiful so take advantage while you still can by attending the finale of Toronto Beer Week, stuffing your face at Jollof Wars, or day tripping in the name of Butter Tarts.
Here are 10 food events happening this weekend in Toronto to have on your radar:
The beer-fueled festival might be rooted in German tradition but Torontonians are up to celebrate. We’ve rounded up some of the most noteworthy Volks-festivies across Southern Ontario this fall.
When: September and October
Where: Across Ontario
Toronto Beer Week wraps up over the weekend following 30+ events planned in part of this collective series of events showcasing local beers, brewers, and bars.
When: September 15 to 23
Where: Bars and breweries across Toronto.
The chef-led food hall spends the first weekend of fall outdoors with an open-air market featuring some of McEwan’s most popular purveyors. Expect to see McEwan serving up poke and BBQ while other vendors include the Cheese Boutique, Death in Venice Gelato, Better than Yia Yia’s, Fabbrica Restaurant, and more.
When: September 22, 3 pm to 9 pm; September 23, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: McEwan’s CF Shops at Don Mills, 38 Karl Fraser Road, Toronto
In this six-week course, Dr. Franco Gallippi explores the history and cultural significance of some of Italy’s most famous dishes as examined through Italian cinema and literature.
When: Fridays September 22 to November 3
Where: Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Taking place in the lush, 14,000 square foot gardens at Thistletown Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, The Chef’s Harvest Garden Party aims to raise funds towards a food-focused student trip to Spain and will feature 10 tapas food stations helmed by top chefs from across the GTA.
When: September 23, noon to 4 pm
Where: Thistletown Collegiate Institute, 20 Fordwich Crescent, Etobicoke
Price: $50 available online.
20+ small batch beers get together for this festival featuring unique brews like Roasted Sweet Potato Belgian Blonde, Salted Caramel Stout, and Lavender and Apricot Saison. Also look forward to beer-friendly foods from the kitchen at 3030.
When: September 23, 3 pm to 8 pm
Where: 3030 Dundas Street West, Toronto
Local chefs fuel this 19+ fiesta promising tacos, tequila, wild DJs. The full line-up of vendors has yet to be released but look forward to food priced between $2 and $5.
When: September 23, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: Tequila Jacks, 184 Pearl Street, Toronto
Price: $10 (Admission)
Road trip alert! The Kawarthas Northumberland Butter Tart Taste-Off will see an entire warehouse-sized building filled with butter tarts this week as competitors vie for the honour of best butter tart flavours in various categories.
When: September 23, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Peterborough Farmers’ Market, 136 Lansdowne Street, Peterborough, Ontario
Black Foodie and Supafrik bring together West African caterers, restaurants, bloggers, and home cooks for a culinary showdown featuring secret recipes and spices. Attendees get to sample and vote on the best jollof rice dishes, plus access to a bumpin’ day party.
When: September 24, 4 pm to 8 pm
Where: Ristorante Buonanotte, 19 Mercer Street, Toronto
Price: $15 to $50
Sip, slurp and savour at this annual soup-tasting and harvest celebration. Local gardeners, farmers, restaurants, and chefs will create signature soups for this AYCE event ushering in fall.
When: September 24, noon to 3 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: $15 in advance, $22 at the door.