30 Toronto food events worth checking out this July

Jun 23 2017, 8:53 pm

There’s a sweet, smoky something in the air in Toronto right now!

We’re talking about all the delicious scents wafting from fairgrounds, picnics, and event spaces throughout the city.

Here are 30 Toronto food events to check out this July.

Toronto Rib Fest

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Roll up your sleeves and get ready for this annual Canada Day event featuring smoke-infused fair.

When: June 30 to July 3
Where: Etobicoke Centennial Park
Price: $35 to $45

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Brewer’s Backyard: Lester P. Beerson Day

Celebrate Canada Day with this GLB tap takeover and street eats from food vendors including FeasTO, Heirloom, Los Vietnamita, and more.

When: July 1, 11 am to 5 pm
Where: Evergreen Brickworks, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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Revel Food Summer Series

Revel Food and Corvis Dessert Bar collaborate for this delicious evening event promising patio hangs, music, friends, and food.

When: July 2, 5 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Beaver, 1192 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $35 to $45

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Taste of Lawrence

Scarborough’s largest street festival promises three days of food, 130 street vendors, a midway, live entertainment, and more.

When: July 7 to July 9
Where: Lawrence Avenue East from Warden Avenue to Birchmount Road, Toronto
Price: Admission is free.

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Elevated Ethiopian

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This Eritrean adventure features a menu with beer pairings from Granville Island Brewery and Creemore Springs. In addition to the multi-course meal, look forward to a traditional coffee ceremony and live jazz.

When: July 7, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: Pero Restaurant, 812 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Price: $50

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Summer Lady Beer Festival

What: Since 2014, the Society of Beer Drinking Ladies has been bringing together craft-beer-loving women and this month they’ll be hosting another one of their awesome ‘Bevie’ events. The Summer Lady Beer Festival will have visitors sample their way through a lineup of guest brews, hit up food stalls and browse wares from local vendors.

When: July 8, 1 pm to 5 pm and 6:30 pm to 10:30 pm
Where: Henderson Brewery128A Sterling Avenue
Price: From $35

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Summerlicious is one of Toronto’s favourite culinary celebrations. For two mouth-watering weeks in July savour delicious three-course prix fixe menus served by more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants.

When: July 7 to July 23
Where: Restaurants across Toronto
Price: Lunch menus priced at $18, $23 and $28, dinner menus priced at $28, $38 and $48.

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Fusion of Taste

International and local performances, buskers, and over 60 vendors will gather for this street party put on by the Albion Islington Square BIA.

When: July 9, noon to 10:30 pm
Where: Albion Road and Islington Avenue
Price: Admission is free.


Anatolia Festival

Turkish folk dancing, Turkish music, and of course, Turkish foods are the focus at this one-day festival in the heart of downtown Toronto.

When: July 9, 11 am to 11 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Free admission


Last Resort Brunch

A brunch buffet, drink specials, and peels and reveals from showgirls spectacle are good reason to day drink at this Polynesian bar in Parkdale.

When: July 9, 1 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Shameful Tiki Room, 1378 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $15 to $30


TO Food Fest

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Established and aspiring chefs from across the GTA take over the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto to showcase signature dishes at this Sunday food fest.

When: July 9, noon to 6 pm
Where: 5183 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto
Price: Free admission, $2 donation encouraged

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Pig Roast At the Cottage

On the menu for this communal feast, a whole smoked hog, beer can chicken, bacon-bourbon baked beans, slaw, salad, and smoked pineapple.

When: July 12, 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Citizen, 522 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $60

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Summer Craft Beer Fest

Sample craft beers from 20+ breweries while enjoying the hot summer nights of Toronto in one of the city’s beloved neighbourhoods.

Where: Liberty Village, 171 Liberty Street East
When: July 13, 6 pm to 10 pm
Price: $22.50

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Budweiser County Fair

MRG Events and Budweiser are throwing an epic County Fair in the city this month, that will bring the spirit of the country to the heart of the city. The boot-stomping party in downtown Toronto takes place over two days featuring live country music, BBQ from some of Toronto’s top chefs, games, and classic carnival eats.

When: July 14 and 15,
Where: 525 King Street West
Price: From $34.50

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Night It Up!

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Styled after the night markets from Taiwan, Hong Kong and across Asia, this outdoor market is a feast for the senses. Look forward to hawkers and food trucks selling everything from ramen burgers and stinky tofu to fried ice cream and matcha desserts.

When: July 14 to 16
Where: Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham
Price: Admission is free.

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Vaughan Pizza Fest

Vaughan Pizza Fest, happening mid-July, promises to be the biggest pizza party you’ve ever seen. At last year’s festival, pizza enthusiasts from across Ontario enjoyed 50,000 slices of pie over the weekend.

When: July 14 to 16
Where: Woodbridge Fair Grounds, 100 Porter Avenue, Vaughan
Price: From $10

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Halal Food Fest Toronto

Now in its fifth year, North America’s largest halal food festival returns for two full days showcasing nearly 200 exhibitors and some of the Toronto’s best halal bakeries, restaurants, and specialty stores.

When: July 15, 10 am to 10 pm; July 16, 10 am to 8 pm
Where: The International Centre, Entrance 5, 6900 Airport Road
Price: General admission is $5.

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Ontario Oyster Festival

Spend the day slurping back bivalves and sipping on beers at this annual oyster festival held outside Rodney’s Oyster House.

When: July 16, 1 pm to 10 pm
Where: Rodney’s Oyster House, 469 King Street West, Toronto
Price: From $35

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St. Lawrence Market Summer Series

World-renowned St. Lawrence Market vendors partner with The Food Dudes for this evening of eating, and drinking at the iconic Toronto setting.

When: July 20, 6 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, South Market Patio, 95 Front Street East, Toronto
Price: $30

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Giro d’Italia

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Italian Restaurant Week in Toronto offers a taste of Italy in The Six. Sixteen Toronto restaurants are participating, each representing the cuisine from one 16 different regions in Italy and offering a four-course prezzo fisso (prix fixe) dinner menu for $49 while select restaurants also offer a three-course menu at lunch for $29.

When: July 20 to July 30
Where: Multiple venues
Price: $29 to $49

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More Than Pizza

Let Chef Rocco show off his latest creations at this communal feast promising tables packed full of fritto misto, salads, grilled mortadella, pizzas, and desserts along with La Marca Prosecco being poured all night.

When: July 20, 7 pm
Where: Libretto, 545 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $55

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Festival of South Asia

Celebrate food and art from across South Asian at this annual festival. Admission is free while food will be on sale for $1 to $5 per taste.

When: July 22, noon to 11 pm
Where: Gerrard Street East from Coxwell to Greenwood.
Price: Free

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Junction Night Market

The Junction gets together for this annual evening food fest showcasing prepared food vendors the local farmers’ market, neighbourhood restaurants, breweries, and cideries.

When: July 22, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Junction
Price: Food and drink tickets $5 each


The Rosé Picnic

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For one day only, the Garrison Common at Fort York will be filled with blankets, bevies, and some of the best food in the city. The Rosé Picnic has parented with celebrity Toronto chef Mark McEwan, so you’ll have baskets of delicious food to choose from.

Where: Garrison Common, Fort York (250 Fort York Blvd)
Time: Saturday, July 22 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Price: From $65

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Summer Beer Dinner

Brewmaster Andrew Bartle and Chef Meagan Andrews collaborate on this five-course beer dinner matched with a lineup of unique beer pairings.

When: July 24, 7 pm
Where: BATCH, 75 Victoria Street, Toronto
Price: TBA

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Tirgan Festival

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Iranian-Canadians gather on Toronto’s waterfront for this non-religious, non-partisan four-day festival of music, dance, food, discussions and historical programming.

When: July 27 to 30
Where: Harbourfront Centre
Price: Admission is free.

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12 Beers of Summer

Just like Christmas but in July! This biannual beers event returns for a summer edition asking an “exuberant Hawaiian shirt” dress code and thirst for a dozen different brews.

When: July 28, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: From $30

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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Toronto Festival of Beer

Hosted by The Beer Store, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is home to over 60 brewers featuring more than 300 brands from all over the world. Ticket price includes five sample tokens and a commemorative festival sampling cup.

When: July 28 to 30
Where: Bandshell Park Exhibition Place, 200 Princes’ Blvd
Price: $42.50

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AlohaFest Toronto

The third annual Polynesian festival presented by Hālau Hula I Ka Lā (“Hula School in the Sun”) takes place at North York City Hall. Look forward to tropical treats and Hawaiian faves (think spam and poke) plus live entertainment and a marketplace.

When: July 29, 11 am to 7 pm
Where: Mel Lastman Square
Price: Admission is free.

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Bourbon, BBQ, & Fried Chicken

Boxcar Social Harbourfront hosts this event on the patio. On the menu, boneless fried chicken, an array of BBQ, lots of sides, and a BBQ sauce tasting.

When: July 31, 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: $75

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