The Toronto Christmas Market returns to the Distillery District this week, whether you’re quite ready for festivities or not.
The market takes over the iconic downtown neighbourhood from November 14 to December 22, and with it comes a fierce collection of festive foods.
Some of the noms are new to the market this year, while others are old favourites.
Here are 14 of the goods that you’ll want to bite into this holiday.
New this year
Savoury for a meal or sweet for dessert, crepes are delicious filled, dipped, or on their own. Munch on one before you tuck into a mulled wine to get some carbs in your belly.
For the first time at the market, this year you’ll be able to get your hands on ooey, gooey, sweet s’mores. Melted chocolate paired with soft marshmallow and crumbly cookie makes for the perfect snack.
Tourtière (Canadian Meat Pie)
Flaky pastry envelops juicy, meaty filling to create this traditional Canadian dish. If you’ve never tried it before, this year’s Christmas Market is prime time to take the plunge. Talk about comfort food.
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Returning this year
A fan-favourite among those with a sweet tooth, Wafel Bar returns to the Market this year. Take this opportunity to indulge in their s’more inspired delicacy.
Artisan Grilled Cheese
Every year, vendors sling festive grilled cheeses in special combinations, including one that’s filled with turkey and cranberry sauce. Take one of your favourite eats and add in some exclusive holiday flavours to kick it up a notch.
And to pair with your gooey grilled cheese, there will be a variety of fresh, hot soups available too. Grab a sandwich and dip it in the soup for the perfect warming meal.
Another beloved classic, spiralled spuds on a stick will be available again this year. Get yours seasoned to your liking and enjoy this portable piece of potato perfection.
Fluffy, flavourful, and dusted with cinnamon sugar, these spiralled sweets are the perfect vessel for all the ice cream, whipped cream, and toppings your tummy can handle.
Poutine is the ideal Canadian holiday food. Hot, steamy, carby, and indulgent, it offers comforting and familiar flavours in a form that will warm you up from the inside out.
If you want something quick and easy to snack on while you sip a beer, one of the market’s soft-baked pretzels is an easy “yes.”
Juicy meat coated in crispy breading is right near perfection when it comes to food. Enjoy it alone or on a bun, for an ultra-carby experience.
You’ll melt over this cheesy confection. Rosemary roasted potatoes tucked under a blanket of warm, gooey cheese. What else could you ever really need?
Tartistry will be at the market again this year, serving up a long list of fresh tarts — and offering vegan and gluten-free options, too. For those with a sweet tooth and dietary restrictions, keep an eye out for these sweet treats.
Always to be found at the Naughty or Nice patio, mulled wine is a Toronto Christmas Market staple. Served warm and mixed with spices, it tastes like liquid holiday.
Where: The Distillery District
When: Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22, 2019 (closed on Mondays)
Tickets: Available online