14 Toronto food events worth checking out this April

Mar 30 2017, 5:19 pm

Spring is here and as Toronto starts to thaw out this April there’s a whole bushel of food events sprouting in every corner of Toronto.

From free giveaways and pop-ups to food festivals and beer gardens, these events happening in Toronto this April offer very good reasons to save your appetite… and the date.

Nando’s Chicken Dash

Nando’s is giving away FREE Peri-Peri Chicken at its outposts on Bay Sreet, Queen West, Eglinton East, Danforth, and in Etobicoke. With a donation for Daily Bread Food Bank, chicken lovers can get a FREE quarter chicken with peri-peri fries for dine-in while supplies last.

When: April 1, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: See participating Nando’s locations here
Price: Free

Island Oysters Pop-Up


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The Toronto brewery hosts this pop-up featuring all New Brunswick oysters over the first two consecutive Sundays in April. Enjoy with the house brews and classic accompaniments.

When: April 2 and 9, 3 pm to 7 pm
Where: Halo Brewery, 247 Wallace Ave, Toronto
Price: Oyster set and beer $10

Chocolate Chip Cookie Battle

This edition of 86’d Mondays features a bake-off between Roselle, XO Bisous, The Sweet Escape, Lavelle, Corvis: dessertbar, Mabel’s Bakery and Le Gourmand. Attendees will vote for the winner of the “yummiest, smushiest and chocolatiest” cookies.

When: April 3, 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

A Night in the Mediterranean Secret Garden

Chef Omar Ma will serve up this five-course feast meant to transport diners fromBar Reyna’s winterized secret garden right onto the Mediterranean coast. On the menu, lamb tartare, grape leaf wrapped salmon, saffron panna cotta, and more. Ticket prices also include three glasses of wine.

When: April 4, 7 pm
Where: Bar Reyna, 158 Cumberland Street
Price: $70

FREE Cone Day Toronto 2017


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Ben & Jerry’s celebrates Free Cone Day at outlets around the world on April 4. Toronto, lacking a standalone storefront, will host the giveaway on Ryerson Campus.

When: April 4, noon to 3 pm
Where: 40 Gould Street, Toronto
Price: Free

Riverside Winefest

This east side wine festival bills FREE wine tastings, talks and classes, prix fixe menus with wine pairings, and a wine tasting expo featuring Ontario wineries, live music, wine education talks, culinary demos, and more.

When: April 4 to 9
Where: Riverside District, Toronto

Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo

This two-day celebration of cafe culture will showcase beans, blends, and recipes while offering plenty of sampling opportunities as well as the chance to vote on the best coffee and tea in Toronto of 2017.

Where: The Glass Factory, 99 Sudbury Street, Unit 1, Toronto
When: April 8 to 9; 11 am to 6 pm
Price: $15 available now online

Southeast Asian Brunch

Wake up your taste buds with this tour of Southeast Asia flavours. On the menu, Kaya Toast & Soft Boiled Eggs, Chicken & Shrimp Laksa Katong, Sausage & Egg Breakfast Dumplings, Shaved Ice Kacang, and drinks!

When: April 9, 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Hawker Bar, 164 Ossington Avenue, Toronto
Price: $35

The Modern Seder



Celebrate this ancient Jewish holiday with a modern twist. Chef Noah Goldberg reimagines tradition. with a menu featuring house-made Matzoh, gefilte fish, devilled eggs, Matzoh ball soup, and a family-style feast featuring roasted lamb shank, kugel, zaatar dusted carrots, charoset ice cream, and more.

When: April 12, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Peter Pan Bistro, 373 Queen Street West
Price: $70

Great Friday at the Brewer’s Backyard

Make Good Friday even good-er at this laidback afternoon of beer, sunshine, and food trucks at the Evergreen Brickworks.

When: April 14, 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free


Food stations and live entertainment will be inspired by New York City’s five distinct boroughs at this fundraising event in support of Raising the Roof. Expect highlights like Cronuts to New York Cheesecake, and more.

When: April 13, 7 pm
Where: Burroughes Building, 639 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: From $25

Songkran Street Food Party


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Celebrate the Thai New Year on College Street with a night market-inspired evening of buffet dining and traditional water fight. Tickets include water pistols, bottomless Thai sangria, and an array of dishes including Pad Mee Kati, Thai Crispy Fried Pork, Sticky Rice Stuffed Chicken Wings, and more.

When: April 14, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Soi Thai, 651 College Street, Toronto
Price: $60

Songkran Thai New Year

Missed the party on College Street? Khao San Road is also celebrating the Thai New Year with an epic water fight and tons of drink specials and snacks. BYO towel and change of clothes–water guns and other goodies provided!

When: April 16, 2 pm to 6 pm
Where: Khao San Road, 11 Charlotte Street, Toronto
Price: $10

The 6ix Banned Nations Dinner

Designed in honour of the six banned nations affected by Trump’s travel ban, this dinner from Chef Hemant Bhagwani will showcase the culinary traditions of Somalia, Sudan, Libya, Iran, Syria, and Yemen (plus Iraq).

When:  April 27, 7 pm
Where: Indian Street Food Co., 1701 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: $75

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