21 Toronto food events worth checking out this August

Jul 20 2016, 3:45 am

Toronto has an exquisite culinary scene, and knows how to celebrate it. Each month, the city offers up different foodie events to awaken our senses.

Here are 21 food events in Toronto to check out this August.

St. Lawrence Market Summer Series

The St. Lawrence Market patios will be transformed into a downtown oasis of food, drink, music, performance and celebration, joining the Market’s storied purveyors with Toronto’s finest chefs, musicians and artists in a true feast for the senses. Admission includes two food tickets.

When: August 4, 2016
Time: 6 to 10 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 92 – 95 Front Street East
Tickets: $30 general admission, available online
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Ladies Pint Out with Side Launch Brewing Company

Whether you’re a beer devotee or want to learn a bit more about brews, this is a great night for ladies to enjoy a “pint out.” Admission includes a welcome beer; Ladies Pint Out “Beer School 101” tasting sheets; exclusive guided sampling of five distinct brews with Katy from Side Launch Brewery; entry into the “Beer Challenge”; beer crafts; a special surprise at the end of the night. 19+ only.

When: August 4, 2016
Time: 7 to 9:30 pm
Where: The Grover Pub & Grub, 676 Kingston Road
Tickets: $45, available online
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Muskoka Brewery’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrate Muskoka Brewery hitting the big 2-0 by tasting special birthday brews from 20 Ontario craft brewers, invited by Muskoka. 19+ only.

When: August 4, 2016
Time: 6 to 11 pm
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue
Tickets: $29 in advance and $39 at the gate (subject to availability/cash only)
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Taste of the Danforth

Now in its 23rd year, The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is going to be bigger (and better) this year. Head to Canada’s largest street Festival and be Greek for a day. Enjoy activities, live performances, and of course lots of food.

When: August 5 to 7, 2016
Where: Greek Town, Danforth Avenue (from Broadview to Jones Avenues)
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Things are going to get hot, hot, hot at the 2016 JerkFest, where lovers of the flavours of the Caribbean can enjoy a jerk cooking competition, a hot and spicy eating competition, live cooking demos, and plenty of good eats.

When: August 5 to 7, 2016
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke
Tickets: Available online
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Chocolate Tour of Toronto

Join an expert guide on the for a two hour stroll through Toronto’s Fashion District on a culinary journey to taste a few of the city’s top chocolatiers and treat-makers.

When: August 6, 2016
Time: Noon to 2 pm
Where: Meet in front of 425 King Street West
Tickets: $61, available online

Almanac Island Dinner

Board a private ferry and head to Toronto Island for an afternoon of food, drinks, and fun. Eight of Toronto’s top chefs are working together to put on this clam bake and summer feast in support of the non-profit group Artscape.

When: August 7, 2016
Where: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island
Tickets: $125, available online

Henry’s Majestic Picnic

Several of Toronto’s top chefs and their sous chef-dogs are coming together for a BBQ picnic and a great cause at Bloor Street West Village’s Cheese Boutique. The first 50 booked guests can bring their dogs, too! Proceeds go to @EtobicokeHumaneSociety to support their work with rescue dogs.

When: August 7, 2016
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: Cheese Boutique, 45 Ripley Avenue
Tickets: $125; Call 416-762-6292 or contact [email protected] for details
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Feast of St. Lawrence Festival

A brand new food and drink festival is hitting TO this August. The Feast of St. Lawrence aims to celebrate “the rich, authentic and delicious history of Old Town Toronto.”  The three-day event includes a sit-down ticketed dinner, a market festival, and a kids’ day.

When: August 12 to 14, 2016
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 92 – 95 Front Street East
Tickets: “Dinner Under the Stars” is $200, tickets available online. Other events free admission.
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Le Tour de Cafe – Coffee & Pastry Tour

On our “Le Tour de Cafe” food tour, you will wander through the heart of Corktown and Riverside, learning about coffee, culture, and, of course tasting coffee and sampling sweet treats. Meet the baristas and bakers themselves while you’re on your tasty trek.

When: Aug 13 and August 28, 2016 at 10:30 am
Where: Meet near Parliament and King (exact location given when registered)
Tickets: $50, available online

Toronto Vegan Food and Drink Festival

All-vegan, all fest. Comfort food, craft brews, wine, spirits, and the chance to indulge to your heart’s content while completely skipping any animal products. An impressive array of vendors await.

When: August 13, 2016
Time: 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Historic Fort York & Garrison Common, 250 Fort York Boulevard, Toronto
Tickets: $10 to 20. Available online.
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Roundhouse Craft Beer Fest

Calling all beer lovers! Steam Whistle Brewing hosts the Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival in downtown Toronto, bringing together Ontario craft brews and food trucks for two days of summertime fun. 19+ only. Tokens required for beer samples.

When: August 13 to 14, 2016
Time: Noon to 6 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park, 255 Bremner Boulveard
Tickets: $20 in advance, available online; $25 at the door (limited)

PanAmerican Food Festival

The Pan American Food Festival is a two-day festival celebrating the foods of North, Central, and South America. The festival also incorporates art, music, and folklore to enhance the gastronomic experience. This year’s featured nation is Bolivia.

When: August 13 to 14, 2016
Time: Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Tickets: Admission is free; purchase food from vendors. Tickets required for competitions.
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Indie Boat Hop: Craft Beer Cruise 2016

The 3rd Annual Indie Boat Hop brings craft beer lovers aboard the Empire Sandy, sailing around Lake Ontario for 3 hours each session, enjoying some of the greatest beer Ontario has to offer.

When: August 14, 2016
Time: Session 1 is 12:30 pm; Session 2 is 5:30 pm
Where: 539 Queens Quay West
Tickets: $50, available online

Pintxos Toronto: A Celebration of Tapas

Now in its third year, Pintxos Toronto (pronounced pinch-ohs, and taken from the Basque name for tapas) is a celebration of tapas culture and the food & drink of Spain.
When: August 14, 2016
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: Liberty Market Building , 171 East Liberty Street
Tickets: $10, available online
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It’s time to head to the Ex for an array of food events and options, including Food Truck Frenzy, a Craft Beer Fest, Ribfest, and of course the wild and crazy gut-busting foods of the midway. Wear your stretchy pants!

When: August 19 to September 5, 2016
Where: Exhibition Place, 210 Princes’ Boulevard
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Hot & Spicy Food Festival

Things are hating up at Harbourfront Centre for the annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival. Dance to the hot sounds and savour the spicy cuisine from the mighty Lower Mississippi River to the Gulf of Mexico, with exciting musical performances and a mouth-watering barbecue – southern-style.

When: August 19 to 21, 2016
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West
Tickets: Admission is free

2016 Toronto Chinatown Festival

The 16th annual Toronto Chinatown Festival gives everyone a chance to get better acquainted with the cultural heritage of the neighbourhood, and taste some great food.

When: August 20 to 21, 2016
Time: Saturday Noon to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 8 pm
Where: West side of Spadina in Toronto’s Chinatown

2nd Annual Sweetery Toronto Food Festival

For the second consecutive year, this event will be bringing sweet things and sweet people together. This sweets-only festival runs over two days, and will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

When: August 20 to 21, 2016
Time: Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday 11 am to 9 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street
Tickets: Admission is free; purchase food from vendors
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3rd Annual Coconut Festival and Marketplace

A festival all about coconuts? Sure, why not? Free admission, plus the chance to shop from 70 vendors, including 18 food booths and 4 chefs, plus specialty vendors, speakers, and more. Go nuts!

When: August 27, 2016
Time: 10 am to 8 pm
Where: David Pecaut Square, 55 John Street
Tickets: Admission is free; purchase food from vendors
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Toronto Cider Festival

Cheers to cider! Enjoy samples from 30 different ciders from across Canada and around the world, and kick back in Muskoka chairs to truly soak up the cider-sipping style of Toronto Cider Festival. Two sessions to choose from. 19+ only.

When: August 27, 2016
Time: Session 1 is 11:30 am to 4 pm; Session 2 is 6 to 10:30 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas Street East
Tickets: $30 to 60, available online.
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