8 food events to check out this week: January 27 to February 2

Jan 25 2019, 1:03 am

Four words to sum up Toronto’s food and drink scene this week: high-intensity wine coaching.


Alongside that, you can enjoy a drag brunch at Rush Lane for their last day of service, (*wipes tear*) attend a “holistic as heck” cooking class and visit a chocolate festival. Here are the deets:

Drag Brunch at Rush Lane

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Head to Rush Lane on Sunday to enjoy a cocktail brunch with a lot of sass and a whole lot of drag. There will be bottles of bubbly, feature cocktails, special guests, and a lot of shenanigans… this is an event you don’t want to miss, as it’s also Rush Lane’s last day being open on Queen West.

Where: Rush Lane – 563 Queen Street West
When: Sunday, January 27 from 11 am to 4 pm

Holistic as Heck Cooking Class

This holistic as heck cooking class looks good as gold. Sweet and savoury palettes will be satisfied by heart porridge, smoothies, grain bowls, glazed fish, soup and sweet potato fries. Fuel yourself for the week ahead!

Where: Holistic as Heck Headquarters – Bloor and Runnymede
When: Sunday, January 27 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Truffle Making 101

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Just ahead of Valentine’s Day, this is the perfect time to infuse some truffle-knowledge into your life. This class will teach you the techniques, tips and tricks of chocolate truffle making including how to personalize your own creations for any occasion!

Where: The Mad Bean Cafe – 519 Eglinton Avenue West
When: Sunday, January 27 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Brewery vs Brewery Dinner Series

Each month for three months in a row, two breweries are going head to head, pairing their beer to a four-course meal. This month, it’s Blood Brother’s Brewing versus Rainhard Brewing Co. On the “West End Best End” match-up menu you’ll find oysters, rabbit leg confit, braised short ribs and sticky toffee pudding.

Where: Peter Pan Bistro – 373 Queen Street West
When: Monday, January 28 from 6 pm to 10 pm

High Intensity Wine Coaching

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Take a deep dive into Gut Oggau, Austria’s best-known cult-wine. Enjoy six wines, bread and cheese at this sommelier-hosted event that’s tapping into the beauty, and power, of vino.

Where: Peter Pan Bistro – 373 Queen Street West
When: Thursday, January 31 from 7 pm to 9 pm

See also

Toronto Tea Festival

Are you a sipper or a chugger? Either way, you’re welcome here. Tea lovers will be able to enjoy hundreds of tea tastings, as well as opportunities to chat with industry experts at one of the many complimentary presentations at this three-day event.

Where: Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street
When: Friday, February 1 from 12 pm to 7 pm; Saturday, February 2 and Sunday 3 from 10 am to 5 pm

Winter Chocolate Show

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This one-day festival is going to celebrate Canada’s craft chocolate makers. Bean-to-bar creators will be offering samples of their sweet treats and selling their bars and bites. Love cacao? Get here.

Where: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse – 106 Trinity Street
When: Saturday, February 2, 2019, from 10 am to 5 pm

Ways to Wellness

Self-taught cook, food photographer and coffee enthusiast, Ronny Joseph of Primal Gourmet will be leading cooking demonstrations and sharing small bites at this free event at Yorkdale Mall.

Where: Williams Sonoma Yorkdale – 3401 Dufferin Street
When: Saturday, February 2 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm

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