20 juicy food events to check out in Toronto this July

Jul 3 2019, 2:22 am

July is peak season for food events in Toronto. From rib fest and oyster fests to night markets, block parties, and more, there are lots of options to choose from.

Here are all the Toronto food events you need to have on your radar in July.

Toronto Ribfest

Toronto Rib Fest

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Spend the Canada Day long weekend eating BBQ, riding the midway, and watching live performances at this annual event!

When: June 28, 3 pm to 10 pm; June 29, July 1 and 2, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke


Taste of Regent Park

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This weekly family-friendly event, presented by the Regent Park Community Food Centre, is offered every Wednesday until August 29 in the green space (aka the “Big Park”) and promises an affordable produce market in addition to a pay-what-you-can community meal.

When: Wednesdays from July 3 to August 28, 5 pm to 8 pm
Where: Toronto Regent Park, 203 Sackville Green, Toronto
Price: Pay-what-you-can




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The Toronto Fringe Festival is returning to the city this week. And with it comes the transformation of one of downtown’s beloved outdoor rinks into an equally-beloved (giant) patio space. POSTSCRIPT patio will be taking over the rink at 275 Bathurst Street in alignment with the beginning of the arts festival: July 3.

Where: Harry Gairey Rink – 275 Bathurst Street
When: July 3 to 14, 2019


Pizza in the Park with Pizzeria Libretto, Banjara & Beau’s


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The community pizza night promises Neapolitan pizzas from Pizzeria Libretto, veggie dishes from Banjara Indian Cuisine, Greek pastries from Filosophy Espresso Bar, Syrian treats from Newcomer Kitchen, and refreshments from Angie’s Juicery.

When: July 4 and August 8 from 6 pm to 8 pm,
Where: Christie Pits Park, 750 Bloor Street West, Toronto


Markham Rotary Ribfest

Markham Rotary Ribfest

Markham Rotary Ribfest

Ribbers, food trucks, a beer garden, live entertainment, and more! Now in its 15th year, this annual event returns to downtown Markham for a weekend of BBQ and beers! Admission is $2 per person.

When: July 5 to 7, 2019
Where: 179 Enterprise Boulevard, East Parking Lot, Markham


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Now in its 16th year, the city-wide promotion is an opportunity to get a thorough sampling at some of Toronto’s top restaurants at exceptional value. Lunch menus are priced at $23, $28, and $33, while dinner menus are priced at $33, $43, and $53.

When: July 5 to July 21
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $23, $28, and $33 and dinner is $33, $43, and $53

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Taste of Lawrence

Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area

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This three-day food and cultural festival is hosted by the Wexford Heights BIA and is billed as Scarborough’s largest street festival.

When: July 5, 6 pm to 11 pm; July 6, 11 am to 11 pm; July 7, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Wexford Heights,  Lawrence Avenue East from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road.
Price: Admission is free.


The Foodie Festival

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Not only is admission FREE for this food fest, but so are the samples from a selection of local restaurants and vendors.

When: July 5
Where: Albion Library, 1515 Albion Road, Etobicoke
Price: Admission is free


Junction Night Market

Junction Night Market

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Billed as a community food festival benefiting programs that promote access to local food, this event promises an abundance of food and brews all priced for $5 per serving.

When: July 6, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Pacific Avenue, North of Dundas Street, Toronto

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The Albion Islington Square Business Improvement Area hosts this multicultural festival featuring food and art all day long.

When: July 7, noon to 9:30 pm
Where: Albion Islington Square, 925 Albion Road, Etobicoke
Price: Admission is free


Night It Up!

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The annual night market returns to Markham Civic Centre over the second weekend in July and is bringing together more than 100 booths dishing out everything from ramen burgers and matcha shaved ice all the way to deep fried ice cream.

When: July 12, 7 pm to midnight; July 13, 2 pm to midnight; July 14, 2 pm to 8 pm
Where: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham


Vaughan Pizza Fest

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Pizza, music, and beer! The triple threat is the premise for this massive food festival taking place just north of Toronto this summer. Vaughan Pizza Fest, happening mid-July, promises to be the epic pizza party ever… even bigger and better than last year.

When: July 12 to 14, 2018
Where: Revel (Formerly Interchange) Park, 1 Commerce Street, Vaughan
Price: Ticket prices range and tickets are available online


Free Root Beer


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For the burger chain, Free Root Beer Day is an annual excuse to dish out its signature cane sugar-sweetened soft drink overflowing with flavours of sarsaparilla and birch root.

When: July 20, 2019
Where: A&W Restaurants across Canada


Halal Food Festival Toronto

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Now in its seventh year, the event is billed as “North America’s largest halal food festival,” and returns to The International Centre in Mississauga for the weekend of  July 20 and 21.

When: July 20, 10 am to 10 pm; July 21 10 am to 8 pm
Where: The International Centre, Entrance 5, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga
Price: Admission is $5

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Ontario Oyster Festival

Ontario Oyster Fest


Taking place at the Oyster Garden (aka patio) at Rodney’s Oyster House, doors open at 1 pm. Craft beer and fine wine, Oyster shucking and seafood, and the music of Horshack will ring through the space. And the event will go until the beer runs out.

When: July 21, 1 pm ’til the beer is gone
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King Street West, Toronto
Price: General admission is $37.37, available online

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Pizza Fest

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From the same folks behind Taco Fest and Brunch Fest in Toronto, this festival deals in cheesy triangles from heaven. Expect a wide spectrum of Italian eats ranging from pasta and meatballs and beyond… not to mention cocktails and wine.

When: July 19 to 21
Where: Ontario Place
Tickets: Available online


Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Toronto's Festival of Beer

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer is back for a weekend full of beers, bands, and food in 2019. And  in addition to hundreds of brews, seriously good eats, and plenty of #BeerLove, look forward to Ja Rule and Ashanti headlining the marquee during the festival.

When: July 26 to 28
Where: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto
Price: Tickets on sale now from $60

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Thornhill Rib Fest

Northern Heat Rib Series

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Bringing the heat to the city above Toronto, this edition of the Northern Heat Rib Series promises a weekend full of food, fun, and entertainment.

When: July 26, 4 pm to 11 pm; July 27, 12 pm to 11 pm; July 28, 12 pm to 7 pm
Where: Dufferin and Clark Community Centre


Richmond Hill Ribfest

Northern Heat Rib Series

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Admission is free to this three-day outdoor event that features pro rib teams cooking and competing for various “Best” titles. Joining the fun, look forward to live entertainment, a marketplace, beer garden, and midway.

When: July 26, 12 pm to 11 pm; July 27, 11 am to 11 pm; July 28, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park


Momo Crawl TO

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The annual one-day event is promoted through the sale of a passport and entitles participants to 10 meat or veg momos from local Tibetan and Nepalese restaurants in the neighbourhood.

When: July 28, 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: Participating restaurants in Parkdale
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