26 Toronto food events worth checking out in April

Mar 28 2018, 12:34 pm

Eat your way through April! The month is full of food events including BBQ barn raisers, food fests, and discos aimed at fighting food waste!

Here are the top food events happening in Toronto in April.

Jollibee Grand Opening

Jollibee toy


The much anticipated first location for Filipino fast-food giant Jollibee is finally opening and if massive line-ups weren’t already guaranteed, the Scarborough restaurant is also giving away FREE stuff including collectible plush dolls.

When: April 1, 2018
 15 William Kitchen Road, Scarborough

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Chef’s Party

Assembly Chef's Hall Nick dailo

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Try an array of tasty bites at this evening filled with signature offerings from chef’s signature along with cocktails and entertainment.

When: April 7, 2018
Where: Assembly Chef’s Hall, 111 Richmond Street West, Toronto
Price: From $30

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Enjoy this traditional Icelandic midwinter feast along with an evening of musical entertainment, auctions, and more.

When: April 7, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: The Latvian Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive
Price: $125


Golden Bubble Free Waffle Giveaway

waffles ice cream

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Torontonians can get their first taste of eggy, made-to-order waffles for FREE in Scarborough from this Ottawa-born chain of dessert houses. A soft opening the weekend of April 7, 2018 promises FREE waffle desserts (from a pre-selected menu of house signatures).

When: April 7 and 8, 2018

Time: 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: 3276 Midland Ave, Unit C125, Scarborough
Price: FREE!

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Phancy Food Brunch Pop-Up

Phancy Food & Catering

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Smoked salmon Benedicts, “Elvis” Stuffed French Toast, and more brunchy foods are on the menu at this Sunday morning pop-up inside a brewery!

When: April 8

Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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FREE Hollywood Cones

hollywood cone

Daily Hive

Hollywood Cone is celebrating its first year open on Queen West with a free ice cream cone giveaway for the first 100 people in line at 3 pm on April 8 plus $3 cones on special all day.

When: April 8, 2018

Time: 3 pm
Where: 1167 Queen St. West


Some Like it Hot Dinner

Kitchen Guerrilla

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Take your taste buds on a tour from the Caribbean to Sri Lanka at this family-style feast hosted by Matt Basile in collaboration with Kitchen Guerrilla. On the menu, Sri Lankan devil spiced short ribs, Jaffna style curried goat, and more!

When: April 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Lisa Marie, 638 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $70

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Food Truck’N Friday

Food Truck n Friday


Back for its fourth season starting April 13, 2018, this ongoing food truck event will take up weekly residence in Etobicoke and will feature live entertainment, music, prizes, giveaways, a market experience and, a new lineup of featured food trucks each week.

When: April 13

Time: 4:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Parking lot at Bloor St. W. and Resurrection Road

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Pierogi Me! Pop-Up

 Left Field Brewery

Left Field Brewery/Facebook

Pierogi and beer! Cold suds and hot little dumplings are the order of the day at this springtime pop-up inside the east end brewery.

When: April 13

Time: 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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Songkran Festival: Dinner & Water Fight

Bangkok Garden songkran

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Celebrate the Thai New Year (Songkran) with a buffet dinner and noodle bar, followed by an indoor water fight.

When: April 13

Time:  6 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Bangkok Garden, 18 Elm Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $55

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Saturday Morning All-You-Can-Eat Cereal Cartoon Party


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This nostalgic event at The Royal channels your inner child for a sugar-charged morning of retro cartoons and AYCE cereal.

When: April 14

Time: 10 am
Where: The Royal, 608 College Street, Toronto
Price: $15 (Children $8)


Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo 2018

Toronto Coffee & Tea Expo

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When: April 14 and 15, 2018

TIme: 11 am to 6 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door, pending availability.

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South Asian Curry Battle


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This edition of 86’d Mondays at The Drake Hotel features a chef battle between Bombay Street Food, Tich, Kolkata Club, Saffron Spice Kitchen, and Rickshaw Bar battling it for the title of best curry!

When: April 16, 2018

Time: 8 pm
Where: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

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Canadian Terroir + Rioja Wines


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Flavours from across Canada meet wines from this Spanish region at this communal feast featuring a variety of pintxos followed by courses featuring croquetas, Fogo Island Cod, lamb, and more.

When: April 18, 2018

Time: 7 pm
Where: El Tenedor, 909 Yonge Street, Toronto
Price: $TBA

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Brews, BBQ and Tunes

Brews,BBQ & Tunes

Brews,BBQ & Tunes

This fundraiser event in support of The Stop Community Food Centre will raise the roof with a good ol’ Fashioned Barn Raising! Admission is free for the community event featuring BBQ along with a choice of 50+ craft beers and live music.

When: April 19

Time: 8 pm to 11 pm
Where: Earlscourt BBQ By PorkNinjas, 1278 St Clair Avenue West
Price: Admission is free.


When The Pig Came Home pop-up at Rainhard Brewing

smoked meat deli

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The Junction deli will be slinging tasty sandwiches all afternoon in the tap-room of this brewhouse.

When: April 21

Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Rainhard Brewing Co., 100 Symes Rd – Unit 108, Toronto


Memories of Mauritius

The Depanneur

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Join Naajiyah Auladin at this supper club for a night of unique Mauritian dishes that combine traditional family recipes with a contemporary twist.

When: April 21

Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Depanneur, 1033 College Street, Toronto
Price: $50

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Chau Pop Up x Henderson

Chau Pop Up x Henderson beer

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Asian inspired snacks and brews from Henderson Brewery Co. are on the menu at this pop-up inside the brewery.

When: April 21, 2018

Time: 2 pm to 7 pm
Where: Henderson Brewing Co., 128A Sterling Road, Toronto
Price: $7 per weiner

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Sandwich Fest

San Remo five foot Sandwich

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Billed as “a day of sandwich tasting” from “incredible sandwich vendors” this food festival will showcase a variety of handheld feasts along with beer, wine, and fruit-infused drinks, music, and “hands-on activities.”

When: April 22, 2018

Time: 11 am to 6 pm
Where:  Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: TBA

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Terroir Symposium

Terroir Hospitality

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Featuring a program of thought-leaders, visionaries, and influencers, geared towards food, hospitality, and tourism professionals, the Terroir Symposium is an “interactive day to listen and discuss the opportunities and challenges of showcasing terroir in our businesses and destinations.”

When: April 23, 2018

Time: 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
Price: Tickets are $350

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Baha’s Samosa Pop-Up



Eat some samosas! Drink some beers! This afternoon at Left Field promises lots of beer-friendly bites.

When: April 27

Time:  4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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Disco Soup 2018

disco soup

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Slow Food Toronto celebrates World Disco Soup Day 2018 with a pop-up disco party where you dance and fight food waste by making and eating soup from ingredients that would otherwise be discarded.

When: April 28, 2018

Time: 3:30 pm to 10 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street, Toronto
Price: Free


Southern Brunch

bbq brunch earlscourt


Pitmaster Jason Rees’ previews a brand new smoke-infused that promises to be so much more than chicken n’ waffles… though you might even get some of those too.

When: April 29, 2018

Time: 1 pm
Where: Earlscourt BBQ, 1278 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto
Price: TBA

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Dipped Donut Pop-Up

Dipped Donuts

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Doughnuts in a brewery! This sweet event is all about deep fried pastries and beers!

When: April 29

Time: 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Left Field Brewery, 36 Wagstaff Drive, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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