The holidays are fast approaching and Toronto is ready… but are your tastebuds?
There are plenty of events happening this month that will fill your heart and tummy with seasonal cheer. So you don’t miss a bite, we’ve gathered some of the best in the city together into one list.
What: The St. Lawrence Market can usually only be visited during the day but for this event, merchants will be open into the night. All 64 merchants will be open from 7 pm – 10 pm with food prepared for this special experience. Tickets cost $80 and food and drinks are included in the price… come down and enjoy a feast under the moon!
When: November 8
Where: St. Lawrence Market
What: Another opportunity to combine shopping and munching, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea will be featuring local sweets at their Christmas Market. Batter Bar Bakeshop’s creative cupcakes will be in attendance, as will decadent delights from c6chocolates. When you swing by to pick up some local treasures, make sure you’ve left room for your just desserts.
When: November 18
Where: 1087 Queen Street West
- St. Lawrence Market opens after dark for one night only this week
- Bandit Brewery finally launches weekend brunch (PHOTOS)
- Popular downtown restaurant opens second location in Toronto
What: Four days dedicated to food, wine and spirits are coming to Toronto! The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is a sophisticated event where you can fuse with fellow foodies. Partake in tutored wine tastings or visit the Chef’s Stage for cooking demonstrations by celebrity guests. Ticket prices range from $20 – $35 for this 19+ event.
When: November 22 to 25
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
What: Everybody knows that the best thing about fairs are the wide range of eats available to try at each. While you can always count on a classic back bacon sammy, you can also sign up for a session with the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy for $20. Chef’s from famous restaurants Momofuku and Antler are among those who will be teaching techniques to session participants.
When: November 2 to 11
Where: Exhibition Place
What: High Tea is always a special indulgence — kick things up even higher by visiting The Omni King Edward Hotel for their Chocolate Autumnal Tea. Pair your Cocoa Chai Chai with Cocoa and Chili Rubbed Beef Striploin finger sandwiches and a Speculoos S’mores Tart. Prices for this afternoon specialty start at $54 and vary based on your selections. Pinkies up!
When: November 9 to 11
Where: The Omni King Edward Hotel
What: The world’s largest beer pong festival is debuting in Toronto later this month, and the competition is going to be fierce. Grab a partner, pick matching outfits and give this event the good ol’ college try. You’ve got nothing to lose, but you do have something to gain: teams are competing for $6000 in best-dressed prizes.
When: November 17
Where: Rebel – 11 Polson Street
What: Street-style eats + gourmet chefs = a night you don’t want to miss out on. A ticket price of $75 offers you delicious bites, local beer and Canadian wines, all to be enjoyed alongside live music. Guests include Shawn Adler of Pow Pow Cafe and Suzanne Barr of Sand and Pearl Oyster Bar.
When: November 21
Where: 40 Oak Street
What: You know it. You love it. You look forward to it all year long. The Toronto Christmas market is back, as are the delicious and festive food offerings that come with it. Creamy hot chocolates, salty pretzels and seasonal grilled cheeses await you! While you’re in the Distillery District, consider popping into El Catrin for some botanas and a drink on their heated patio.
When: November 15 to December 23
Where: Distillery Historic District
What: It’s said that food is medicine, and that’s the message this event aims to deliver. You’ll learn about the ways that some foods aggravate the body’s stress-response while others soothe it. Samples of mood-boosting dishes will be served alongside take-home lessons for creating a kitchen of calm. Tickets are $30 before November 20 or $50 on the day of the event.
When: November 21
Where: 518 Yonge Street, 3rd Floor
What: Spend your Monday evening learning how to make authentic Spanish tapas alongside Chef Rob Bragagnolo of Labora Restaurant. Tortillas, Aioli and Patatas Bravas are on the menu. Hard work will pay off after class, with a meal of tapas, cheeses and paired wines. Tickets are $195 for this 19+ experience.
When: November 12
Where: 300 Adelaide Street East
What: 40 vendors will come together for the Toronto Vegetarian Association Holiday Market, offering everything edible and non-edible goods. Pay $5 admission to try a festive treat or sip on a warm drink. If you’re not feeling hungry, you can pick up a cookbook as a gift for someone special… but odds are, your stomach will rumble when you see all the delicious delights.
When: November 25
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns
What: Celebrate Jewish food with a nod to the holidays at Toronto’s Chanukah Market. This is the spot to find toys and decorations crafted by artisans, which make perfect gifts for loved ones. Don’t fret about shopping too hard, because the city’s best Jewish food vendors will be in attendance. They’ll be ready to soothe the cries of your shoppers hunger.
When: November 25
Where: 35 Carl Hall Road
What: There’s something so cozy about bundling up in your warmest gear and spending time in the late Autumn air with pals. Liberty Commons gets it. This weekend, they’re hosting a patio party with no entry charge. Come early, because the first 100 guests will get free 32oz Growlers! There will be free tours of the brewhouse, free samples from the bottle shop, and food specials on throughout the day.
When: November 11
Where: Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery – 42 Liberty Street
What: Jams and jellies, dips and sauces, baked goods and artisanal chocolates… the bites you’ll find at the One of a Kind Winter Show are in a league of their own. Perhaps you’ll continue your holiday gift shopping here, or maybe decide that it’s time to treat yourself. Weren’t you just thinking about how badly you need some spicy peanut butter? Adult tickets cost $15. Seniors, post-secondary students and youth get discounts, and kids under 12 get in for free!
When: November 22
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place