June has finally arrived and Toronto is ready to welcome the first month of summer with raised glasses and empty stomachs. From food festivals all about brunch to a day devoted to doughnuts, here are the Toronto food events you should have on your radar.
This three-day food festival honours everything brunch and is a 19+ affair where all things bacon, benedicts, and bagels are on the menu along with pancakes, pastries, and poached eggs.
When: June 1 to 3, 2018
Where: 99 Sudbury Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $7.95.
Magic in the Park at Dundas West Fest
Taking place in conjunction with Dundas West Fest on June 1 and 2, Toronto’s Harry Potter bar will not only be installing a castle on its front patio like last year, but also transmogrifying the St. Clarens Parkette into a fantastical environment complete with mini Lockhart bar, beer garden, buskers, jugglers, musicians, and magicians.
When: June 1 to June 2, 2018
Where: Dundas West from Lansdowne to Ossington
National Doughnut Day
National Doughnut Day is June 1 and local bake-shops and chains will be offering special menu items and promos. Krispy Kreme for instance, will be giving away a choice of any doughnut on the menu, while Tim Hortons is serving up doughnut breakfast sandwiches for one morning only.
When: June 1
Where: Participating locations across Toronto.
BeaverTails celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018 and the Canada-wide chain of deep-fried pastry makers is launching the first-ever National BeaverTails Pastry Day to celebrate! Fans of the iconic Canadian dessert can score a FREE cinnamon and sugar pastry.
When: June 1, 2 pm to 4 pm.
Where: 145 Queen’s Quay West, Pier 6, Toronto
Departing from The Fifth, this Harry Potter themed pub crawl tours four Toronto bars hosting Tri-Wizard themed challenges and entitles wristband-wearers to exclusive themed drink specials, a commemorative Butterbeer Bar Crawl beer mug filled with goodies, a themed photo booth, and access to the Yule Ball after party.
When: June 2, 2018, 3 pm
Where: The Fifth, 225 Richmond Street, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $25
Set lakeside at Corus Quay, the annual fundraiser for Second Harvest food rescue programs is taking place on Sunday, June 3, and will feature 60 of Toronto’s top chefs in an ambulatory feast accompanied by beverages from 30 purveyors.
When: June 3, 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive, Toronto
Price: Tickets from $235 online.
Nearly 40 Toronto restaurants, bars, and cocktail lounges are participating by offering classic and innovative takes on the time-honoured cocktail. The official hub for festivities in Toronto is Superpoint Pizza where Campari will host Negroni Week activities including a gift shop stocked with limited-edition Campari art prints, t-shirts, branded bar tools, and patio parties (held on June 9 and 10) featuring guest bartenders from across the city.
When: June 4 to 10, 2018
Where: Participating Toronto bars and restaurants
The brewpub is closing down Lombard Street to bring a taste of small-town hospitality to the heart of the city! The 19+ event promise cold beer, food, live music, games, and more.
When: June 7, 4 pm to 9 pm
Where: Batch, 75 Victoria Street, Toronto
Price: Entry is free
Billed as Canada’s first Artisan Cheese Night Market, the event presented Cheese Lover Productions Inc. will take place at St. Lawrence Market for a single evening in June – the night following the 2018 Canadian Cheese Awards.
When: June 7, 2018, 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, Temporary North Hall, 125 The Esplanade, Toronto
Price: From $35 online, $40 at the door.
Negroni Happy Hour
Celebrate Negroni Week with a trio of Campari-inspired cocktails and Trinidadian snacks by Young Animal. On the menu, grilled jerk chicken lollipops, curry duck waffles, and mini doubles!
When: June 7, 2018, 6 pm
Where: Eighty 6’D 1321 Dundas Street West, Toronto