11 Toronto food events worth checking out this December

Nov 29 2016, 12:55 pm

December in Toronto is a month filled with opportunities to feast.

From festive specials and holiday brunching, to shopping trips and wintery activities that’ll work up an appetite, here are the top food events happening in Toronto this December.

4 Weeks of Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is on at Chef Rob Gentile’s Italian snack bar on Portland. In the weeks ahead expect featured schiacciata on the menu designed by guest chefs Matty Matheson (Parts & Labour), Shant Mardirosian (The Burger’s Priest), Basilio Pesce (La Banane), and Hans Vogels (Momofuku Noodle Bar).

When: November 28 to December 24
Where: Bar Buca, 75 Portland. Toronto
Price: A la carte

Free Taco Day at POSH

The Yorkville supperclub will be serving up a limited quantity of free tacos to the first through the doors. Also look forward to $4 shots and $12 plus DJS spinning latin, Brazilian, and Top 40.

When: Thursday, December 1
Where: POSH, 50 Cumberland Street, Toronto
Price: Free admission before 11 pm

Toronto Bakers Market

Toronto’s biggest bake sale returns in December with east side and west side markets on the calendar. Stop in to stock up for your holiday cookie exchange or find something sweet to stick under the tree.

When: Sunday, December 4, 11 am to 4 pm; and Sunday, December 18, noon to 4 pm
Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto; and Ralph Thornton Centre, 765 Queen Street East, respectively
Price: Admission is free

Newcomer Kitchen Brunch

Enjoy an authentic Syrian brunch at this trial-run, limited seating engagement featuring a lavish spread of traditional home cooking prepared by the talented cooks of Newcomer Kitchen.

When: Sunday, December 4, 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Butler’s Pantry, 591 Markham Street, Toronto
Price: Prix fixe menu sold in pairs, $30 per person

Bacardi Holidega

This pop-up tree lot and rum bar sponsored by Bacardi is selling large trees for $20, small trees for $10, all while pouring complimentary holiday cocktails.

When: Tuesday, December 6
Where: Brassaii, 461 King Street West
Price: Admission is free

Rum Social

Resident rum expert Robin Wyne and special guest ambassadors serve up this tropical four-course feast from chef Jasper Wu along with beverage pairings from the world’s leading rum brands.

When: Wednesday, December 7
Where: Miss Things, 1279 Queen Street West
Price: $45 per person for four-course dinner, $75 with rum pairings and tastings

12 Beers of Christmas

Join a dozen local breweries for this annual all-you-can-taste, beer-drinking extravaganza. Ugly Christmas sweaters are encourages, plus expect live music, DJs, and “enough suds to give Santa’s village a hangover.”

When: Friday, December 9, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West
Price: $25 to $45

Foodie Pages Holiday Pop-Up

The one-day shopping event promises to showcases emerging and established artisans selling everything from housewares and kitchen goods to gourmet pantry items.

When: Friday, December 9, 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide Street West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

Arabica Coffee House Concert

Set in a traditional coffee house, experience the premiere performance of the newly formed Al Qahwa Ensemble performing traditional songs.

When: Sunday, December 11 6 pm to 9 pm
Where: Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto
Price: $40

School Restaurant’s 12 Days of Christmas Brunch

When school is out for winter holidays, this Liberty Village restaurant starts offering extra credit. Enjoy the holidays with a festive holiday menu offered for twelve days starting Monday, December 12.

When: December 12 to December 23
Where: School Restaurant, 70 Fraser Avenue, Toronto
Price: A la carte

Toronto Vegan Winter Market

Shop holiday gifts, customize a bowl of mac ‘n cheez, and savour cruelty-free holiday sweets and treats at this first-of-its-kind holiday marketplace.

Where: The Great Hall, 1087 Queen Street West, Toronto
When: Sunday, December 18, 11 am to 7 pm
Price: General admission is $5

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