20 adventurous food events to check out this April

Mar 29 2019, 1:12 am

It’s April, Toronto.

The birds are singing, the sun is shining and the foodie events are coming in hot.

From dinners in domes to free ice cream cones, there are tons of delicious (and warm-weather-welcoming) activities to get up to this month.

Here’s what’s up around town.

Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop-Up


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The popular dessert from the Heirloom Toronto food truck has made appearances across the city, and now, it’s spending some time at Pokito at 420 Queen Street West. Stop in to get your fill of this perfectly balanced sweet-and-tangy dessert.

When: March 28 to April 7
Where: 420 Queen Street West, Toronto

Dinner with a View

Take this opportunity to dine in heated, clear and frameless domes at The Bentway. Each globe corresponds with different regions of the earth’s terroir: tundra, tropical, grasslands, arid and boreal forest. It’s an excellent way to bring in spring.

Where: The Bentway
When: March 28 until May 2

Riverside Wine and Craft Beer Festival

This annual week-long celebration of wine and craft beer paired with local food and shopping is back. Savour Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while you explore Riverside shops and eateries.

Where: Riverside, Queen Street East between the Don Valley Parkway and Empire Avenue
When: Tuesday, April 2, noon until Saturday, April 6 at 6 pm

Free Bagels from What A Bagel


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What A Bagel, maker of fresh and delectable round doughy rings, will be giving out six packs of FREE bagels at all 11 of their locations on Tuesday, April 2. All you need to do is drop by your closest shop to get your half-dozen.

Where: What A Bagel locations across the GTA
When: April 2

Loonie Dog Blue Jays Nights

This year, the Rogers Centre will be offering hot dogs for $1 at every first Tuesday home game of each month. Which means you can look forward to an ultra-cheap, juicy dawg at the April 2 game against the Baltimore Orioles.

Where: Rogers Centre
When: First Tuesday Blue Jays home game of each month, starting April 2

Giro d’Italia

Toronto’s top Italian restaurants are participating in this annual event, showcasing cuisine from different regions of Italy via multi-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) menus.

Where: Participating restaurants across Toronto
When: April 4 to 14, 2019

Afghan Cuisine Buffet and Market

Stop by this afternoon event to get a taste of delicious Afghan food in buffet-format, and explore a market that will showcase sewing work, jewelry and more.

Where: 555 Dundas Street East
When: Thursday, April 4 from 11:30 am to 2 pm

Pancakes and Booze Art Show


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This show will be popping up at Revival Bar early this month, and with it comes plenty of art, booze, and free pancakes. Visual arts, photography, jewelry and music will all be on display for you to enjoy while filling up on sweet flapjacks.

Where: Revival Bar – 783 College Street
When: April 6 from 8 pm to 2 am

Pizza and Mozzarella Making Class

Sometimes, all you need at the end of a long day is a classic Margherita. Learn the from-scratch how-to, so that when the craving strikes, you can satisfy it with the taste of authenticity.

Where: Kitchen 24 – 100 Marmora Street
When: Saturday, April 6 from 11 am to 1 pm

Free Cone Day

Ben and Jerry’s will be serving up scoops atop cones as per annual tradition on April 9. This year, they’ll be on campus at Ryerson University. If there’s ever a reason to head back to school, it’s when there’s free ice cream on the line.

When: Tuesday, April 9 from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Ryerson University Pitman Hall – 160 Mutual Street

Food Waste – Past and Present

Learn from Magdaline Dontsos, former faculty of the Food and Nutrition Management program at Centennial College, about modern-day adjustments possible to make food production more sustainable. Plus, try bites made from “recovered food waste.”

Where: George Brown College, Hospitality and Tourism Campus – 300 Adelaide Street East, Room 252
When: Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Eating Insects Dinner


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If you’ve never eaten a bug before, you’ll have the chance to experience a whole meal infused with them at an upcoming dinner service, hosted by Cookie Martinez. Don’t fear. If sustainability is the name, eating insects is the game. Open your mind! You like crunchy food, right?

Where: 1565 Dupont Street
When: Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Charleston Shakedown

Look forward to okra, crab, shrimp and grits as your tastebuds take a deep dive into the highlights of down-south eats. Each plate will be paired with a bourbon-based Southern-inspired cocktail at this comfort-food pop-up.

Where: Death & Taxes – 1154 Queen Street West
When: Wednesday, April 10 from 7 pm

Easter Eggstravaganza

Enjoy crafts, face painting, games, wagon rides, petting zoo, food trucks,
scavenger hunts, a charity cafe, an artisan market and more at this free Easter celebration. Bring a non-perishable food donation for the 360 Kids Food Bank, sip warm drinks and munch on snacks.

Where: Summit Community Church – 1750 Stouffville Road, Richmond Hill
When: Friday, April 19 from noon to 3 pm

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Wood-Burning Oven Baking

Pizza, focaccia, sourdough… it seems all the best glutenous substances call for a wood-burning oven. Guess that means you’ve got to know how to use one. Learn the methods of indoor and outdoor cooking with serious heat at this educational event.

Where: Montgomery’s Inn – 4709 Dundas Street West
When: Saturday, April 20 at 9:30 am

Astrology and Gin Mixology

You’ll be seeing stars at this event that combines gin and tonics with natal chart readings. Whether you follow astrology in your day-to-day or not, a drink or two will make a believer out of you. Aren’t you curious what the rest of the year has in store?

Where: 110 Charles Street East
When: Wednesday, April 24 from 7 pm to 9 pm

The Wizard’s Brunch and Dinner

This magical event will take over a haunting venue in the heart of the city in late April. Don’t miss the chance to channel your favourite witch or wizard and feast on a delightful meal, just like they do at Hogwarts. At this meal, you’re sure to be entertained.

Where: 7 Hart House Circle
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019

Afro Caribbean Vegan Market

This not-for-profit event features plant-based products, art and services. Learn more about the benefits of introducing more plants into your day-to-day life through guest speakers, workshops and more.

Where: 519 Community Centre – 519 Church Street
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Macaron Making

Macarons are delicious and terrifying. Exponentially more intimidating than your average cookie, these babies are a special-occasion, french-bakery-indulgence. Or they were. Show up for this hands-on class to change your mind. Learn the techniques for no-fail macarons and impress your loved ones (and yourself) with your baking skills.

Where: The Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market – 93 Front Street East
When: Sunday, April 28 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Kombucha Workshop

It’s officially spring, and that means it’s time for all the bright, fresh and fizzy drinks. Enter: Kombucha. It costs a pretty penny at the health food store, but with a little perseverance, you can make it for yourself at home. Learn about fermentation, how to brew, and how to flavour and store your sparkling delight.

Where: 201 Cowan Avenue
When: Tuesday, April 30 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

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