10 Toronto food events to check out this week: August 3 to 9

Aug 3 2018, 11:36 am

Eat your heart out a summery outdoor market, follow food trucks to a city park, or sample the best of the souk at Toronto first Middle East food fest. There are so many Toronto food events on this week that you’ll hardly be starved for choice.

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 PastaBananza, Fugo DessertsHarry’s CharbroiledMean BaoRoywoodsThe Carbon BarThe Plant YYZ, Union Chicken, and Wvrst.

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


Toronto Food Truck Festival

 Canadian Food Truck Festivals

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The massive food truck rally is presented by Canadian Food Truck Festivals and is just one stop on a summer-long tour that includes events in Burlington, Pickering, Richmond Hill, and Brampton.

When: August 3, 5 pm to 10 pm; August 4, noon to 10 pm; August 5 and 6, noon to 8 pm
Where: Woodbine Park, 1695 Queen Street East, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Taste of the Middle East Food Festival 2018

Taste of the Middle East Food Festival falafel

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Spit-roasted shawarma, grilled halloumi, sticky baklava! Toronto’s newest food fest bills itself as a chance to sample “the 1001 flavours Middle Eastern culture has to offer.” Toronto’s inaugural Taste of the Middle East Food Festival is set to take over Yonge-Dundas square for a single day this summer.

When: August 4, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Flavours of the Philippines

Flavours of the Philippines

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Toronto’s first Flavours of the Philippines, or just FlavoursPH for short, is taking place at Albert Campbell Square this weekend and is billed as a pioneer caravan festival in Toronto.

When: August 4 and 5, 2018
Where: Albert Campbell Square, 150 Borough Drive, Scarborough

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Scarborough Rib Fest

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Back for its 17th year, this east Toronto food fest is all about ribs, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and more summertime essentials. Festival-goers can look forward to an all-day beer garden, daily karaoke competition, midway rides and skill testing games.

When: August 4 to 6, 2018
Where: Thomson Memorial Park, 1005 Brimley Road, Scarborough


Toronto Taste of India Food Festival

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You can tour India with your tastebuds right here in Toronto this August. The Taste of India Food Festival bills itself as a foodie utopia featuring a thorough sampling of 100+ different Indian cuisines. The annual food fest will take place at Nathan Phillips Square for a full day of eating on August 5.

When:  August 5, 10 am to 10 pm
Where: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto

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Twilight Tuesdays Night Market

Twilight Tuesdays mini 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


Free beef noodles from Omni Palace

Omni Palace Noodle House

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For two hours of the first two days in business, the new restaurant will be giving away a FREE house special Lanzhou Traditional Beef Noodles. Aside from being available for dine-in only, there’s no real fine print for this promotion. No purchase is necessary but availability is based on first come first served.

When: August 7 and 8, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: 235 Consumers Road, Unit E1, North York

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The summer food fest is a favourite for its multi-day festivities devoted all things Jerk and in addition to devouring the Caribbean classic all day, festival-goers can partake in a Hot & Spicy Jerk Chicken-eating competition, So You Think You Can Jerk competition and Jerk Chicken seasoning workshops.

When: August 9 to 12, 2018
Where: Centennial Park, 256 Centennial Park Road, Toronto
Price: General admission from $10 online

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Wings Around the World



Massive, juicy, crispy and superbly sauced! Real Sports’ Executive Chef Matthew Sullivan teams up with Creemore Brewery to present this evening of wing-eating that draws inspiration from around the world.

When: August 9, 2018
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, 15 York Street, Toronto
Price: $60

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