25 Toronto food events worth checking out in November

Oct 11 2017, 10:50 pm

November in Toronto is jam-packed with food events! Look forward to a full month of chocolate-themed festivities, holiday fairs, chowder chowdowns, pie bake-offs, and beer fests.

Here are all the food events you need to save room for in Toronto this month.

Día de Muertos

dia de los muertos evergreen

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Celebrate the Day of the Dead in Toronto with traditional festivities and tequila-fueled fiestas. Check out this round-up of Día de Muertos events happening in Toronto.

When: November 2 to 5
Where: Venues across Toronto

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

royal winter fair toronto

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Dust off your cowboy boots – the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is returning to Toronto this fall. Now in its 95th year, The Royal features the best in agriculture, food, and equestrian competitions from across the country. Save your appetite for lots of fudge, peameal bacon sandwiches, and local cheese samples.

When: November 3 to 12
Where: Enercare Centre, 210 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Tickets: General admission adult tickets are $27.50, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth and free admission for children three and younger.

Chocolate High Tea

Omni King Edward Hotel high tea

Weekends in November are sweeter than ever when the OMNI King Edward hosts this special Chocolate Tea Menu featuring chocolate ganache tarts topped with chestnut chantilly, white chocolate pumpkin chai cheesecake, chocolate orange scones and so so much more.  A portion of the proceeds supports Gilda’s Club Greater
Toronto and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

When: Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in November
Where: Omni King Edward Hotel, 37 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $54


Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show

Toronto Chocolate Festival Toronto Chocolate Show

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The most decadent and delicious food festival of the year is on over two days this November offering a weekend full of chocolate door prizes, raffles, sampling, shopping, chocolate making demonstrations, and more.

When: November 4, noon to 6 pm; November 5, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $20 available online.


Knight School: Mongolian Dumplings with Nuka Batsaikhan

Drake Commissary

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Food writer and 86’d Monday host, Ivy Knight Knight School presents this series of workshops and classes focusing this week on the making of Mongolian dumplings.

When: November 5, 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Where: Drake Commissary, Toronto
Price: $40


Pickle Battle


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Amateurs and pros will “compete for pickle supremacy” at this battle of all things briney. Attendees can look forward to a showcase of pickled proteins, a blind pickle tasting, and the chance to vote for your fave.

When: November 6, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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June’s HIV+ Eatery

Junes HIV+ eatery

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For two nights only this November, Toronto will be home to the “world’s first pop-up restaurant run by HIV positive chefs.” It’s a new initiative from Casey House that aims to “fight HIV/AIDS stigma with every bite.”

When: November 7 and 8, 7 pm
Where: 1090 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $125 per person

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El Dorado Rum Dinner

u-feast rum dinner


El Dorado Brand Ambassador Trevor Burnett and Miss Thing’s Bar Manager Robin James Wynne team up for an evening of rum samplings paired five-course dinner prepared by Chef Paul Hadian.

When: November 8
Where: Miss Things, 1279 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $65

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An Evening at the Market

St. Lawrence Market


A trip to Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market is daytime only affair but for one night only this November, all 64 Market merchants will be open after hours and serving up an ambulatory feast in support of Second Harvest food rescue programs, and in partnership with George Brown College.

When: November 9, 7 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East, Toronto
Price: $75

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An Evening in Iceland

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This immersive dining experience will showcase Icelandic music, food, and drinks .Chefs Viktor Örn Andrésson and Julie Marteleira host an evening of live performances, cocktail and canapé reception, followed by a four-course dinner with wine pairings.

When: November 12
Where: Leña Restaurante, 176 Yonge St, Toronto
Price: $120

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Do: Pie

apple pie


Got a killer recipe appetite for apple pie? Prove it. Do: Pie, an Apple Pie Contest is being hosted by the Trinity Bellwoods BIA to raise funds for the Fort York Food Bank and the contest is open to anyone for a participation fee of $10, while spectators can bid on the top three winning pies or buy a slice for $5.

When: November 12, 2 pm to 4 pm
Where: Fort York Food Bank, 797 Dundas Street West, Toronto,
Price: $10 to participate, $5 per slice to eat

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Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

Ocean Wise Life chowder chowdown

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Fourteen Chefs from across Ontario will throw down at this annual event in support of Ocean Wise sustainable seafood programs. Culinary heavyweights will go “ladle-to-ladle” in this soup-centric cook-off as attendees and a panel of judges sample catfish-caviar chowder, oyster-bacon chowder, and more, before casting their votes to name the 2017 champion.

When: November 14
Where: Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, Toronto
Price: $60 available online.

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Toronto Christmas Market

Toronto Christmas Market


This historic neighbourhood hosts this European market in the lead up to Christmas. In addition to the twinkling lights and holiday cheer, get ready to feed your face with Liège wafels, shortbread, sausages, and more festive foods.

Where: The Distillery District
When: Thursday, November 16 to Sunday, December 23 – closed on Mondays.

Trinidad to Toronto

U-Feast young animal trini food


Chef Adisa Glasgow AKA Young Animal has here in the city partners with Laylow Beer Bar & Eatery for this authentic five-course Trini menu (think: Curry Gnocchi and Jerk Trout) paired with six house-brewed beer pairings.

When: November 16
Where: Laylow, 1144 College Street West, Toronto
Price: $55

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Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

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The four-day expo showcases international cuisine, exotic delicacies, craft beers, wines, and cutting-edge cocktails when it brings together over 100 exhibitors including some of the worlds best restaurants, food producers, brewers, vintners, and distillers showcasing 1,500 different things to eat and drink.

When: November 16 to 19
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: From $25

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Fête Chinoise

Fête Chinoise

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Showcasing the luxe world of modern Chinese art and design, fashion, food and photography, this event will transform the entire third floor of the Shangri-La Hotel into an interactive exhibition and gala event complete with cocktails, curated food stations, and swag bags filled with party favours from Holt Renfrew, AGO, and more.

When: November 18, 2017
Where: Shangri-la Hotel, 188 University Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $120 – proceeds benefiting Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation and fu-GEN Theatre Company.

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Lady Beer Fest

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies ladies craft beer festival

The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies

Canada’s all ladies craft beer festival is back! While the line-up of food and drink vendors is TBA, tickets are on sale now and include a commemorative sample glass, four drink tokens
‘Morning After’ gift bag.

When: November 18
Where: Peace & Cotton Warehouse, 500 Keele Street, Unit 101, Toronto
Price: From $35

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Canadian Chef Series

Lavelle wine


Chef Jeff King of Canis and Lavelle’s Executive Chef Romain Avril collaborate on this one of a kind 10-course tasting dinner.

When: November 20, 6 pm
Where: 627 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $139

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Eating Insects

grasshoppers eating insects food events

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Bug based cuisine and alcoholic bevies are on the menu at this installment of Eating Insects hosted by Cookie Martinez.

When: November 22, 6 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street, Toronto
Price: $60

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Crafts Beer Market

Black Oak Brewing craft beer market

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Here’s a holiday market that makes gift shopping more tolerable. Shop for one of a kind handmade goods and gifts from local artisans while also enjoying a cold one.

When: November 25, 11 am to 6 pm
Where: 75 Horner Avenue, Suite 1, Toronto
Price: $10

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Food in Film

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Watch Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs while mowing down on delicious eats from Alimentari at this edition of the food-themed film screening series.

When: November 26
Where: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Price: From $17

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Poutine & Donair Party

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The chef battles take a night off while Pluggd sponsors this appreciation party for “restaurant players” with a night of FREE poutine, donairs and complimentary drinks.

When: November 27, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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Bread’s Best Friend

bread pudding

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Peter Pan Bistro’s chef Noah Goldberg presents a five-course with beer pairings at this late November feast. On the menu, Welsh Rarebit, French Onion Soup, Bone Marrow & Beef Tartare, and more.

When: November 22
Where: Peter Pan Bistro, 373 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $70

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Christmas and Chocolate Pastry Fair

Christmas Chocolate

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When: November 26, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: $20 for adults, $15 for children 5 to 12.

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Fried Chicken Battle

crispy chicken swiss chalet

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Rose & Sons, The County General, Rickshaw Bar, Indie Ale House, and The Gabardine face-off in this fried food battle and fundraiser for the Stop Community Food Centre. Admission is free for the chance to sample them all and then vote for the people’s choice.

When: November 27, 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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