The holidays are fast approaching and Toronto is getting ready… but are your tastebuds prepared for all the upcoming food events?
There are plenty of happenings taking place this month that will fill your heart and tummy with seasonal cheer. And because you don’t want to miss a bite, we’ve gathered some of the best of ’em into one major list.
Here’s what’s happening in Toronto’s food and drink scene this November:
Everybody knows that the best thing about fairs are the wide range of eats available to try at each. While you can always count on a classic back bacon sammy, you can also sign up for a session with the Burnbrae Farms Culinary Academy for $20. Chef’s from famous restaurants Momofuku and Antler are among those who will be teaching techniques to session participants.
When: November 1 to 10, 2019
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Boulevard, Toronto
Price: General admission adult tickets are $27.50, $20 for seniors, $16 for youth, and free admission for children three and younger
$15 Beer Beer Comedy Show
$15 Beer Beer Comedy Show is a weekly Toronto comedy show that’s been running for over three years. Featuring Toronto’s top comedians, the show is $5 for general admission or, if you want to opt for two tall cans to be included, you can go the full monty with the $15 charge.
Where: The Social Capital Theatre – 154 Danforth Avenue
Tickets: Available online
Art n’ Soul
Art n’ Soul will offer a space to get to know your local talent on a personal level. Experience mood-setting performances with stripped down acoustic sets featuring select local artists. Come grab a drink, sit back and enjoy the music.
Where: Lobby Bar, Thompson Toronto – 550 Wellinton Street West
Day of the Dead
Various spots across the city will offer the opportunity to dress up and party with the Dia de los Muertos ghouls on November 1, including Chotto Matte. Enjoy exclusive canapés and cocktails, dancing, and the chance to get your makeup done by theatrical face painters on-site. Plus, you can indulge in Dia De Meutos Ceviche and a Sugar Skull Sundae.
When: November 1 from 6 pm to 10 pm
Where: Chotto Matte – 161 Bay Street
Tickets: Available online
The Cellar Sisters’ Fall Wine Showcase 2019
Visit this private storage and social club located near Queen subway station, offering a casual yet sophisticated space for a walk-around wine tasting. Take this chance to enjoy a selection of wines that aren’t available at the LCBO.
When: November 2 from 2:30 pm to 5 pm
Where: The Vintage Conservatory – 100 Lombard Street
Tickets: Available online
Meat the Band
Toronto-based burger pop-up Meat the Band is teaming up with The Dakota Tavern, Henderson’s Brewing, and Trailer Park Boys’ Liquormens Canadian Whiskey to throw a bash totally dedicated to burgs and brews. Taking place at 249 Ossington Avenue on November 3, the $15-entry event will offer a space to tuck into all the burgers your belly can bare for $5 apiece. Beers will also be five bucks, and you’ll be able to throw back a whiskey or two, too, if that’s your preferred taste.
When: November 3 from 8 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Dakota Tavern – 249 Ossington Avenue
Tickets: Available online
Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market
Vendors of Afro-Caribbean art, plant-based vegan products and services will be in attendance at this market, displaying and selling their products as we gear up for the holiday season. Get your vegan shopping done here.
When: November 10 from noon to 5 pm
Where: The 519 Community Center – 519 Church Street
Monforte CSA Carrot & Stick Party
In support of their new CSA program, Monforte is throwing its first official Toronto event. Happening on the second floor of the Gladstone there will be drinks, bites, music, and “altogether too much cheese for any one party.” It’s free to attend, so don’t miss out.
When: November 10 from 10 am to 4 pm
Where: The Gladstone Hotel – 1214 Queen Street West
The St. Lawrence Market can usually only be visited during the day but for this event, merchants will be open into the night. All 64 merchants will be open from 7 pm – 10 pm with food prepared for this special experience. Tickets cost $80 and food and drinks are included in the price… come down and enjoy a feast under the moon!
When: November 14 from 7 pm to 10 pm
Where: St. Lawrence Market, 93-95 Front Street East
Tickets: Available online from September 17
All of the grillin’ none of the killin’
For this month’s supper club, Modern Asian Bites pop-up Chau is serving up a Southern vegan BBQ spread, that’s 100% plant based, at Wallace Espresso’s King West location. Anticipate fried pickles with “ranch” dip, plenty of plant-based BBQ and mouthwatering desserts, too.
When: November 14 from 6 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Wallace Espresso – 848 King Street West
Tickets: Available online for $60
You know it. You love it. You look forward to it all year long. The Toronto Christmas market is back, as are the delicious and festive food offerings that come with it. Creamy hot chocolates, salty pretzels and seasonal grilled cheeses await you! While you’re in the Distillery District, consider popping into El Catrin for some botanas and a drink on their heated patio.
When: Thursday, November 14 to Sunday, December 22, 2019 – closed on Mondays
Where: The Distillery District
Presented by outdoor culinary events group CAMP and Collective Feast Retreats, this upcoming dinner is planned for 627 Richmond Street West. Combining fire and forage, apothecary and art, with the addition of soundscape, the whimsical event is like something you’d come across in the middle of Neverland… if the imagined Disney location happened to have extraordinary chefs on hand.
When: Friday, November 15 from 5 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 627 Richmond Street West
Tickets: Available online for $145
Christmas Cookies Class at Cucinato Studio
Get ready to play host for the holidays by learning the tips and tricks behind making perfect Christmas cookies, including Tuscan Ricciarelli; Torrone Calabrese alle Mandorle; Cuccidati; and Susumelle.
Another opportunity to combine shopping and munching, the Trinity Bellwoods Flea will be featuring local sweets at their Christmas Market. Chocosol‘s mouthwatering bars of cacao will be in attendance, as will fizzy delights from The County Bounty, plus many more. When you swing by to pick up some local treasures, make sure you’ve left room for your just desserts.
When: November 18
Where: 1087 Queen Street West
Some of the country’s top Japanese chefs are gearing up to satisfy your tastebuds in Toronto this month. At the upcoming Japanese Food Festival, you can anticipate authentic signature Japanese dishes, sakes, shochu, and beers. Throughout the evening, count on cooking demonstrations including the cutting of a whole tuna, introductions to key Japanese ingredients, and special cooking techniques.
Where: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – JCCC Kobayashi Hall, 6 Garamond Court
When: Monday, November 18 from 5:30 pm
Tickets: Available online from $225
Set to offer shopping, artisanal goods, live entertainment, sangria and, of course, food, the Spanish-inspired affair will run in the Atrium at George Brown’s Waterfront Campus, located at 51 Dockside Drive.
When: Tuesday, November 19 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Atrium at George Brown Waterfront Campus – 51 Dockside Drive
Four days dedicated to food, wine and spirits are coming to Toronto! The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo is a sophisticated event where you can fuse with fellow foodies. Partake in tutored wine tastings or visit the Chef’s Stage for cooking demonstrations by celebrity guests. Ticket prices start at $20 for this 19+ event.
When: November 21 to 24, 2019
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto,
Price: Available online from $20
Jams and jellies, dips and sauces, baked goods and artisanal chocolates… the bites you’ll find at the One of a Kind Winter Show are in a league of their own. Perhaps you’ll do your holiday gift shopping here, or maybe decide that it’s time to treat yourself. Weren’t you just thinking about how badly you need some spicy peanut butter? Adult tickets cost $15. Seniors, post-secondary students and youth get discounts, and kids under 12 get in for free!
When: November 22
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Place
40 vendors will come together for the Toronto Vegetarian Association Holiday Market, offering everything edible and non-edible goods. Pay $5 admission to try a festive treat or sip on a warm drink. If you’re not feeling hungry, you can pick up a cookbook as a gift for someone special… but odds are, your stomach will rumble when you see all the delicious delights.
When: November 24
Where: Artscape Wychwood Barns – 601 Christie Street
While some people easily find their Christmas cheer, others struggle to feel merry and bright during the holiday season. Whatever it may be that gets you glum — perhaps it’s the dent the season leaves in your wallet, or the shorter and darker days, or maybe something heavier — Miracle gets it. That’s the magic.
When: November 25 to December 26, 2019
Where: 146 Ossington Avenue
Street Eats Fest 2019
Street Eats Fest 2019 is a fundraiser that will support CRC – Regent Park Community Food Centre. Tickets sold out early last year, and this season there are only 300 available… so don’t wait. The 19+ event will see nine of the city’s top chefs congregate to serve up some of their classic, gourmet eats street-food style. And while you dine, you’ll also enjoy premium Canadian wines, craft beers, live music, and the opportunity to support CRC.
Where: CRC – Regent Park Community Food Centre, 40 Oak Street
When: Wednesday, November 27 from 6:30 pm to 9 pm
Tickets: Available online from $75