20 Toronto food events worth checking out in May

Apr 26 2018, 2:59 pm

The month of May is busy for food events in Toronto!

From the return of food trucks and outdoor festivals, to pop-ups, ticketed dinners, and night markets, the month ahead is looking delicious.

The Authentic Italian Table

The Authentic Italian Table

Photo courtesy of The Authentic Italian Table

The Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario (ICCO), is bringing a taste of “The Authentic Italian Table” to Ontario this summer including an event in Toronto this May. The touring food fest will “feature opportunities to experience authentic regional gastronomic delights created by Italian heavyweight Chef Ugo Mura and prominent locals including Chef Roberto Fracchioni, Chef Matthew DeMille, Chef Michael Wilson, and Chef Ross Midgley.”

When: May 2, 2018, 6 pm
Where: Luma Restaurant, 350 King Street West, Toronto
Price: $100 for a five-course dinner with wine

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Heirloom Toronto Cheesecake Pop-Up

The viral sensation known as cheesecake-on-a-stick has popped up on Queen West. The epic dessert wraps up a three week run on May 4.

When: On now until to May 4, 2018
Where: 420 Queen Street West, Toronto

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Now in its seventh year, the annual culinary celebration presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association promotes plant-based eating over a two week period. Participating restaurants, cafes, and bakeries across the GTA will offer multi-course prix-fixe menus and special promotions.

When: May 4 to 21, 2018
Where: Restaurants, bakeries, and cafes across Toronto

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Cinco de Mayo


Tacos, tequila, and friends! See our round-up of Toronto restaurants and bars throwing parties and offering drink specials for the occasion.

When: May 5, 2018
Where: Restaurants and bars across Toronto

Sew Hungry

food truck festival

The Dirty South

Taking place in Hamilton this May and, for the first time ever, the event is taking place on a Saturday. This makes the 45-minute drive from Toronto totally doable! The day trip worthy street festival will feature delicious curbside eats from more than 25 food trucks and at least 15 local restaurants, plus outdoor beer gardens, live music, and more!

When: May 5, 2018, 11 am to 8 pm
Where: Ottawa Street, Hamilton

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Leslieville Food & Drink Festival

leslieville festival


Over 40 restaurants, breweries, artists, and wineries are on the bill for the third annual Leslieville Food & Drink Festival.

When: May 5, 2 pm to 11 pm
Where: District 28, 28 Logan Avenue, Toronto


Tex Mex + Tequila Happy Hr

hot mess tex mex


Tequila tastings, a trio of Hornitos cocktails plus Tex Mex snacks like nachos, tostadas, and churro sundaes are on the menu at this after-work event.

When: May 10, 2018, 6 pm
Where: 615 College Street, Toronto
Price: $35

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Food Truck’N Friday

Food Truck n Friday


This ongoing food truck event pops up bi-monthly in Etobicoke this May and will feature live entertainment, music, prizes, giveaways, a market experience, and a new lineup of featured food trucks each week.

When: May 11 and 25, 2018
Where: Parking lot at Bloor Street West and Resurrection Road

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Spring into Parkdale Sidewalk Festival & Night Market

Parkdale Village

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The sixth annual outdoor street festival promises 100 vendors, live entertainment, and family-friendly activities in addition to the Foodora Night Market, an evening event featuring food (dishes from $5 to $12 each), DJs, patio seating, and more!

When: May 12, 2018, 11 am to 9 pm
Where: Green P lot, 1325 Queen Street West

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The Chef Collective Pizza Battle

Queen Margarita Pizza

Queen Margarita Pizza

The Chef Collective, sponsored by Kraft Heinz present this battle featuring four chefs and 4 bloggers teaming up to master the all-time classic: pizza! Doors open at 6 pm, battle starts at 7 pm sharp!

When: May 14, 2018, 7 pm
Where: District 28, 28 Logan Avenue, Toronto


Rib Fest

Toronto Ribfest

Ribs, BBQ chicken, burgers, blooming onions, funnel cakes, and more! This four-day Rib Fest takes place in the heart of downtown and Yonge-Dundas Square.

When: May 17, 18, 19, 2018, 10 am to 11 pm; May 20, 10 am to 9 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square
Price: Admission is free.



Tastemaker food fest


A new touring food fest is rolling into Toronto this spring! Presented by IMG and designed by the team behind Taste of Toronto, Tastemaker is a new immersive food festival that will debut at the Evergreen Brickworks this May 18 and 19 before moving on to Chicago later in the summer.

When: May 18 to 19, 2018
Where: Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Price: Tickets are $60

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Baldassarre & Le Dolci

Pasta Fresca Baldassarre

Pasta Fresca Baldassarre/Facebook

The Dons of fresh pasta in Toronto are teaming up with the queens of baked goods for this one-night-only event featuring the how-tos of pasta making, a family-style Italian feast, and an interactive dessert.

When: May 18, 2018, 7 pm
Where: 114 Geary Avenue, Toronto
Price: $85

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Spring Beerfest TO

Spring BeerFest Toronto

Spring BeerFest Toronto

Spring Beerfest TO, the festival formerly known as Spring Sessions of Toronto’s Festival of Beer, is set to serve up cold beers, delicious eats, and cottage vibes in Toronto for the May long weekend!

When: May 19 and 20, 2018
Where: Fort York: Garrison Common, 100 Garrison Road, Toronto
Price: Tickets start at $20

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Waterfront Artisan Market

Back for its third year in 2018, the Waterfront Artisan Market kicks off on May 19 and will run every weekend until the first week in October. The outdoor festival, presented by The Waterfront BIA and operated by the Scadding Court Community Centre, will feature 50 bakers, chefs, and artisans hawking summery street foods and locally-made products.

When: May 19 to October 6, 2018; Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays 11 am to 5 pm
Where: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: Admission is free

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The Art of Regional Chinese Cuisine in Toronto with Tea Tasting

chinese food takeout


Professor Chef Leo Chan will talk about the art and culture of regional Chinese cuisine at this afternoon celebration “reflecting the diversity, unique cooking methods, ingredients, global culinary influences and the migration of people and food to the current Toronto restaurant scene.”

When: May 24, 2018, noon to 2 pm
Where: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Tickets are free online.

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Toronto Poutine Fest

Smoke's Poutinerie

Smoke’s Poutinerie

A caravan of poutine purveyors will land in Toronto this spring for a four-day festival devoted to the fries, curds, and gravy at Yonge-Dundas Square!

When: May 24 to 27, 2018, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Yonge-Dundas Square

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Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock Coffee Festival

Beanstock Coffee Festival/Facebook

Hands-on latte art, cupping, and roasting classes, panel discussions, local food, libations, music, vendors and more are all on the itinerary at this coffee-centric food fest.

When: May 26 and 27, 2018
Where: Harbourfront Centre, 245 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Price: From $25 online.

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Gluten Free Garage

gluten free garage


Now in its seventh year and happening during Celiac Awareness Month, Gluten Free Garage bills itself as a playground for gluten-free people and offers the chance to discover new brands, try new foods and meet fellow foodies.

When: May 27, 2018, 10 am to 4 pm
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street
Price: Admission is $10

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Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake

Kampai festival of sake


The 2018 Kampai Toronto Festival of Sake promises to showcase more than 150 sakes from 50+ sake breweries along with nibbles from top chefs and restaurants, music, crafts, and an outdoor market stretched along Gristmill Lane.

When: May 31, 2018
Where: The Fermenting Cellar, 28 Distillery Lane, Toronto

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