As we sit back and wait for the summer heat to finally arrive, it might be nice to plan a few day trips involving sweet, savoury and refreshing treats. As per usual, this year’s lineup of food and drink events doesn’t disappoint — there’s something for everyone. To get you started on a tour of Toronto’s finest food and drinks, check out our list below.
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Toronto’s Festival of Beer
When: July 26-29
This one’s a given. What better way to enjoy a few drinks under the sun than by checking out Toronto’s Festival of Beer? It’s been running for over two decades and it’s a guaranteed good time.
When: July 6 – 22
Summerlicious will be returning this year for its 15th year running. This wholesome food event provides Torontonians with over two weeks of delicious, prix fixe lunch and dinner menus offered by 200 of Toronto’s favourite restaurants.
Toronto Food Truck Festival
When: Aug 3 – 6
Dip your fingers into the greasiest, most delicious afternoon meals at this year’s Toronto Food Truck Festival. Hosted at Woodbine Park, this festival is completely free to attend and provides the perfect opportunity for an afternoon under the sun.
When: Aug 9- 12
Enjoy the best of Caribbean cuisine at this year’s JerkFest. This annual, non-profit event originally began to continue Caribana’s celebrations into the rest of the summer. Music and dancing accompanied by great food? Sounds like a solid summer weekend.
When: Aug 11 – 12
Enjoy the best of vegan foods at this year’s Vegandale Festival. Whether you’re a vegan or just looking to try new things, this event’s got dairy-free ice cream and a variety of meatless options. Pair it with a cold one and you’ve got yourself a great afternoon.
Taste of the Danforth
When: Aug 10 – 12
Every year the Danforth transforms into a hub of food, music, and culture at Toronto’s Taste of the Danforth. Dive into traditional Greek delicacies, dance in the streets, and meet new people at this iconic Toronto event.
Toronto Craft Beer Festival
When: June 22-24
This year’s Toronto Craft Beer Festival will happen at Ontario Place. Whether you’re a craft beer connoisseur or new to the realm of homemade brews, there’s something at this event for everyone.
Good ol’ fashioned ice cream
While the city is buzzing with various festivals throughout the summer, there are also some grassroots options for those who need something more short-term. When it comes to ice cream, there are unlimited options; Greg’s Ice Cream, Hollywood Cone, Sweet Jesus, and Summers Ice Cream are just a few examples. Try some gelato in Little Italy, or scope out an ice cream truck at Trinity Bellwoods.
When: June 15-17
That’s right, Toronto has its own festival dedicated to tacos. This is a foolproof option (who doesn’t appreciate a good taco?) delivered by Toronto’s top chefs. Follow a savoury meal with a sweet treat — ice cream tacos will be one of this event’s main features.
When: June 29-July 2
Celebrate the Canada Day long-weekend at this year’s Ribfest in Etobicoke. It’s always a good time, and this year’s event has a lineup of rock, country, blues, jazz and more for musical entertainment.
The Stop’s Night Market
When: June 12-13
The Stop’s Night Market is an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink event dedicated to raising funds for The Stop Community Food Centre, a nonprofit organization that has contributed to Toronto’s community in numerous ways for over 35 years. This event is inspired by night markets from around the world, and it’s happening this week, so be sure to check it out!
Junction Night Market
When: July 7
This rain or shine event is free to attend and hosts a variety of food and drink vendors alongside great music and community activities. This year’s event is dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint, so bring your own reusable mugs and cups, or pick up a few while you’re there.
Sip on some Sangria
When in doubt, find a patio and have some sangria. This is an ideal way to cool off when the summer heat finally creeps into the city, and luckily Toronto has a ton of options — Barsa Taberna, Bistro 422, Green Room, and Sneaky Dee’s to name a few.
Night it Up!
When: July 13-15
Night It Up! Is a festival dedicated to showcasing the best of Asian street foods. The event is modelled after night markets across Asia, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, and is filled with local talent. Check it out for a weekend of delicious food and excellent entertainment.
When: Aug 11-12
Picky eaters rejoice! You can’t go wrong with dessert. Toronto’s Sweetery is a food festival dedicated to sweets, including ice cream, cookies, cupcakes, churros, doughnuts, and anything else you can dream up. This year’s event will take place at David Pecaut Square on King West.
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