June in Toronto means food festivals galore! The month ahead is jam-packed with night markets, BBQs, beer gardens, and street parties.
Here are the Toronto food events you need to have on your radar this June.
This three-day food festival honours everything brunch and is a 19+ affair where all things bacon, benedicts, and bagels are on the menu along with pancakes, pastries, and poached eggs.
When: June 1 to 3, 2018
Where: 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $7.95.
Taking place in conjunction with Dundas West Fest on June 1 and 2, Toronto’s Harry Potter bar will transmogrify St. Clarens Parkette into a fantastical magic garden complete with potions and elixirs, street performers, jugglers, musicians, and magicians.
When: June 1 to June 2, 2018
Where: Dundas West Fest from Lansdowne to Ossington
National Doughnut Day
National Doughnut Day is June 1 and local bake-shops and chains will be offering special menu items and promos. Krispy Kreme for instance, will be giving away a choice of any doughnut on the menu, while Tim Hortons is serving up doughnut breakfast sandwiches for one morning only.
When: June 1
Where: Participating locations across Toronto.
BeaverTails celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018 and the Canada-wide chain of deep-fried pastry makers is launching the first-ever National BeaverTails Pastry Day to celebrate! Fans of the iconic Canadian dessert can score a FREE cinnamon and sugar pastry.
When: June 1, 2 pm to 4 pm.
Where: 145 Queen’s Quay West, Pier 6, Toronto
Departing from The Fifth, this Harry Potter themed pub crawl tours four Toronto bars hosting Tri-Wizard themed challenges and entitles wristband-wearers to exclusive themed drink specials, a commemorative Butterbeer Bar Crawl beer mug filled with goodies, a themed photo booth, and access to the Yule Ball after party.
When: June 2, 2018, 3 pm
Where: The Fifth, 225 Richmond Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25
Set lakeside at Corus Quay, the annual fundraiser for Second Harvest food rescue programs is taking place on Sunday, June 3, and will feature 60 of Toronto’s top chefs in an ambulatory feast accompanied by beverages from 30 purveyors.
When: June 3, 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $235 online
Nearly 40 Toronto restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges are participating by offering classic and innovative takes on the time-honoured cocktail. The official hub for festivities in Toronto is Superpoint Pizza where Campari will host Negroni Week activities including a gift shop stocked with limited-edition Campari art prints, t-shirts, branded bar tools, and patio parties (held on June 9 and 10) featuring guest bartenders from across the city.
When: June 4 to 10, 2018
Where: Participating Toronto bars and restaurants
The brewpub is closing down Lombard Street to bring a taste of small-town hospitality to the heart of the city! The 19+ event promise cold beer, food, live music, games, and more.
When: June 7, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Batch, 75 Victoria Street, Toronto
Price: Entry is free.
Billed as Canada’s first Artisan Cheese Night Market, the event presented by Cheese Lover Productions Inc. will take place at St. Lawrence Market for a single evening in June – the night following the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards.
When: June 7, 2018, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, Temporary North Hall, 125 The Esplanade, Toronto
Price: From $35 online, $40 at the door.
Negroni Happy Hour
Celebrate Negroni Week with a trio of Campari-inspired cocktails and Trinidadian snacks by Young Animal. On the menu, grilled jerk chicken lollipops, curry duck waffles, and mini doubles!
When: June 7, 2018, 6 pm
Where: Eighty 6’D 1321 Dundas Street West, Toronto
This 19+ culinary event is devoted to modern-day Italian food and spans a whole weekend on the West Island at Ontario Place.
When: June 8 to 10, 2018
Where: West Island at Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
The festival has announced that it’s moving to the Milton Fairgrounds in 2018 and new this year – in addition to dozens of vendors – organizers are adding a midway complete with a Ferris wheel, carousel, bouncy castles, and carnival games, all free and unlimited with an all-access pass.
When: June 8 to 10, 2018
Where: Milton Fairgrounds, 136 Robert Street, Milton
Price: Single day pass is $7, or $10 for the entire weekend when you register online. $10 at the door.
Back for another year, Ontario’s Best Butter Tart Festival and Contest boasts 150,000 butter tarts of all sizes and flavours for sale from over 60 butter tart makers, as well as a marketplace populated with bakers and artisans.
When: June 9, 9 am to 5 pm
Where: 333 King Street, Midland, Ontario
Price: Admission is free
If running out of rosé is your idea of cardio then this Toronto-area Rosé All Day Run might be the perfect way to get ready for summer. The inaugural 19+ event promises the chance to run, sip, and party featuring “the biggest, pinkest celebratory after-party” once you cross the finish line.
When: June 9, 2018, 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Trius Winery & Restaurant, 1249 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price: Registration costs $89
Toronto’s annual Grilled Cheese Challenge presented by the Lakeshore Village BIA is taking place this June and will see 16 sandwich makers compete for the top prize of $1,000 voted by a panel of judges. Meanwhile, attendees can vote on the Peoples’ Choice Award for the best tasting, best gourmet, and most unique entries.
When: June 9, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Islington and Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free!
Toronto Shawarma Festival
When: June 9, 2018, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Across the street from 494 Front Street East
Sip and sample “low-intervention wines, funky brews and hazy ciders made with indigenous or wild yeasts,” at this festival devoted to wild-fermented one-offs offered by craft breweries, cideries and biodynamic wineries.
When: June 9, 6 pm to 1 am
Where: Propeller Coffee Co., 50 Wade Avenue, Toronto
Price: From $35 online
Chef Elia Herrera headlines this brunch-themed installment of Opek Kitchen Toronto, a collaborative dinner series aimed at showcasing and supporting the advancement of women in the culinary industry.
When: June 10, 2018, 11:30 am
Where: Los Colibris, 220 King Street West, Toronto
UpMarket Launch Party
When: June 12, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Yorkville Village, 55 Avenue Road, Toronto
Price: $45 per ticket or $80 for two tickets
Taking place over two evenings in June, the annual event will transform a vacant lot in the Lower Junction into a vibrant open-air marketplace populated with one-of-a-kind food carts and open bars.
When: June 12 and 13, 2018, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: 81 Sterling Road, Toronto
Billed as the city’s “most frequented and delicious street festival,” this event features local and visiting vendors hawking everything from Italian standards like spiedini, pizza, and risotto, to international delicacies represented by businesses in the ’hood.
When: June 15, 6:30 pm to 1 am; June 16, 2018, 11 am to 1 pm; June 17, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: College Street, from Bathurst Street to Shaw Street, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.
Taco Fest is back! Now in its third year, the festival has announced it will return to Ontario Place for a weekend in June. The outdoor fiesta is a celebration of all things Mexican and showcases some of the Toronto’s top chefs.
When: June 15 to 17, 2018
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Toronto
Now in its ninth year, this event makes for an ideal Father’s Day celebration and showcases merchants and excellent eateries from Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.
When: June 16, noon to 4 pm
Where: Danforth Avenue (Broadview to Jackman Avenue)
Price: $20 for meat eaters, $10 for vegetarians
Toronto’s Wine & Spirit Festival kicks off the first official weekend of summer with cocktails, wines, beers, and ciders on the waterfront!
When: June 22, 5 pm to 11 pm; June 23, noon to 10 pm
Where: Sugar Beach, 11 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: From $23
When: June 22, 2018, 7 pm
Where: The Jim, 1174 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Craft beers and ciders, food, fun activities, and live music are all on the bill for this three-day beer festival. Look forward to raising a glass with nearly 30 craft brewers from across Ontario.
When: June 22, 2:30 pm to 10 pm; June 23, noon to 10 pm; June 24, noon to 7 pm
Where: Ontario Place, 955 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25 online
This night market is billing 150 exhibitor booths along with “dazzling cultural performances, culinary artists, iconic celebrities, dignitaries, sports fans, artisans, and food connoisseurs.”
When: Friday, June 22, 7 pm to 11 pm; Saturday, June 23, 11 am to 11 pm; Sunday, June 24, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Kennedy Road just North of Steeles Avenue East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free
Canada’s Wonderland hosts its third annual Brew & BBQ Festival featuring 70+ adult beverages from the province’s best small batch craft breweries and cideries. Enjoy an afternoon sampling cold brews in between rides at the amusement park.
When: June 23, 2018, noon to 10 pm
Where: Canada’s Wonderland, 1 Canada’s Wonderland Drive, Vaughan
Price: Entry to the festival is free with park admission
Taking place on Saturday, June 23 in the Canary District, the second annual food fest promises “your favourite bubble tea providers and some new ones to try out,” along with performances, games, competitions, and Asian inspired food and desserts.
When: June 23, 2018, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Canary District, across the street from 494 Front Street East, Toronto
When: June 28, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Peter Pan Bistro, 373 Queen Street West, Toronto