12 Toronto food events to check out this week: August 10 to 16

Aug 10 2018, 11:22 am

Toronto food events are in abundance this week and offer the perfect opportunity to eat, drink, and socialize outside. We’ve got night markets, pink picnics, pop-up white parties, and all-vegan shenanigans.

Union Summer Market

Union Summer Market

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The open-air market, presented by TD, launched on Canada Day and is on now until August 19 on the doorstep of Union Station. Participating food vendors include Amano PastaBananzaFugo DessertsHarry’s CharbroiledMean BaoRoywoodsThe Carbon BarThe Plant YYZ, Union Chicken, and Wvrst.

When: On now until August 19
Where: 65 Front Street West, Toronto


Taste of the Danforth

Taste of the Danforth

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Among the largest street festivals in Canada, this weekend event attracts more than 1.5 million attendees each year to celebrate the Danforth’s Greek heritage along with Canada’s multiculturalism.

When: August 10 to 12, 2018
Where: The Danforth, Toronto

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Waterfront Night Market

Waterfront Night Markets

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Now in its ninth year, the Pan Asian food fest and lifestyle expo is popping-up in an all-new location this year. For the first time ever the night market will take over the West Island at Ontario Place.

When: August 10 to 12, 2018
Where: Ontario Place, West Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto

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Woodbridge Rib Fest

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Hosted by the Rotary Club of Woodbridge this outdoor food fest not only features BBQ but also a Kids’ Barn complete with interactive activities, storytelling, and a Mad Hatter Tea Party.

When: August 10 to 12, 2018
Where: Woodbridge Fairgrounds, 100 Porter Avenue, Vaughan


Tapas Journey

Tapas Journey

Tapas Journey

Spotlighting Spanish flavours in Ontario, the summer-time event, now in its fourth year, offers a chance to enjoy three plates of tapas and a lager for just $20 at nearly 40 participating restaurants.

When: August 10 to 19, 2018
Where: Participating Toronto restaurants

Mochi doughnuts debut in Toronto

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Inspired by the sweet treat popularized by Mister Donut in Japan (and increasingly imitated in the United States), these chewy, “pon-de-ring” do-natsu make their Toronto debut this weekend.

When: Saturday, August 11
 Isabella’s Boutique Restaurant, 2328 Queen Street East, Toronto

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Rosé Picnic

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If rosé all-day is all you want to do this summer then this event is for you. Billed as “Canada’s largest premium picnic,” Toronto’s Rosé Picnic returns for 2018 and will turn the Stanley Barracks at Hotel X into a sea of pink for a single day.

When: August 11, 2018
Where: Stanley Barracks at Hotel X, 111 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $30 to $1,500 available online.

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Vegandale Food and Drink Fest



The Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival has morphed into the Vegandale Food & Drink Fest this year. From the same folks trying to transform an entire Toronto neighbourhood into a vegan utopia of the same name, the food fest in Toronto is just one stop on a tour that will also hit Houston, Chicago, and New York in summer 2018.

When: August 11 and 12, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Fort York, Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Price: Early bird tickets on sale from $10

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Sweetery Toronto Dessert Festival

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Summer in Toronto just got even sweeter now that this annual dessert festival is back. Toronto’s Sweetery Food Fest returns to David Pecaut Square for a weekend filled with sugary goodness.

When: August 11, noon to 10 pm; August 12, noon to 9 pm
 David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street, Toronto


Roundhouse Craft Beer and Food Trucks Festival

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Spend the day outside with beer, street foods, and friends this summer. Craft beer shares the spotlight at this food festival featuring a dozen or so food trucks along with Ontario craft breweries.

When: August 11 and 12, noon to 6 pm
Where: 255 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto
Price: $25 in advance, $30 at the door


Twilight Tuesdays Night Market

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Twilight Tuesdays Night Market returns to Toronto’s Financial District this August offering another outdoor option to imbibe after a long day stuck inside an office. Look forward to a rotating cast of Toronto restaurants hawking street foods alongside ice-cold Ungava Gin drinks.

When: Every Tuesday from August 7 to 28, 2018
Where: Drake One Fifty, 150 York Street, Toronto


Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

Dîner en Blanc

The wildly popular and secretive annual event returns for its seventh year in Toronto and will see white-clad diners gather for an epic and visually stunning pop-up picnic at a top-secret location.

When: August 16, 2018
Where: TBA

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