Food & drink festivals offer tasty options for summer fun in Toronto
Every weekend you can find dozens of events celebrating the many facets of our city’s diverse culinary scene.
By: Nicole Richie
Every weekend you can find dozens of events celebrating the many facets of our city’s diverse culinary scene. Some last a day, others a whole weekend, but one thing these festivals have in common is a drive to bring the whole town together over a shared love of food and drink. Whether you’re looking for a flight of Ontario’s best beers, a collection of spicy snacks or the best and brightest chefs in the city, make the most out of your summer and check out some of these can’t-miss food festivals.
A Toronto food fest favourite, #TOBeerFest is an annual event that brings out brewers and beer lovers from across the GTA. Presented by the Beer Store, it features hundreds of different beers and eats from across the city. The cherry on top of this brew-fuelled day is the musical performances by headliners like Third Eye-Blind, Ice Cube, Ruby Waters and T-Pain. So, get your crew together and make sure to put this summer staple at the top of your to-do list.
Curated by food and cultural zeitgeist Suresh Doss, this second annual Toronto outlet of the famed food and flea market is not one to miss. With his pulse tapped into the city’s most up-and-coming chefs and restaurants, this festival is a true who’s who of the city’s food scene. Every week, find over 50 vendors that represent the magic of Toronto’s food and arts trendsetters.
Powered by Black Owned Toronto, this day-long food fest is set to be a party for the ages. Find DJs, special guest chefs, live performances and over 30 artisan vendors across three stages at Toronto’s Stackt Market. Groove to the sounds of dancehall, r&b, afrobeats and hip hop and feast on the Afro-Caribbean flavours of Toronto.
The Spring into Spice festival is here to spice up your life! Find 30 ethnic food vendors and local wineries at the Stanley Barracks Gardens at Hotel X on Saturday, June 3, for a day of community, wine pairings and great music. Cultivating an understanding of fare from Thailand, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa, and pairing them with wine grown in our backyard, is just one of this event’s many draws.
Get ready to eat, drink and dance at Toronto’s Taste of India. Coined as the largest Indian food utopia, this festival will be full of explosive flavour with food from over 50 vendors. Dance and musical performances will be lighting up Nathan Philips Square all weekend long.
The beloved Greektown food festival is back this year, and it’s new and improved. The Taste of the Danforth is one of the oldest-running food festivals in Toronto, and after its hiatus in 2020, it’s back with a vengeance. For its 26th year, the free street festival expects over 1.6 million attendees and hundreds of vendors serving up all the Greek treats the Danforth has to offer.
Night markets all over the world bring communities together after dark to celebrate the culture of the city. Highlighting the street food favourites you can nd across the globe, this halal food tour will enliven your senses and your appetite.
Are you a fan of hops or do you like wheat beer? What about a nitro-stout? Well, all styles of beer are celebrated at the Summer Craft Beer Fest! Become an amateur Cicerone in just a few hours while you taste through the best of Canada’s craft brews.
The 11th annual Pan American Food Fest is Canada’s largest festival celebrating the Western Hemisphere’s food and culture. Nathan Philips Square will be buzzing with live music, vendors and diverse bites.
We trust the Ossington BIA to throw a great street festival when the notable strip is much like a party all year round. Find all your favourite residents and some friends celebrating the food and culture Ossington has to offer.
Rally the crew and come hungry for Woodbine Park’s Food Truck Festival. The massive convoy of food trucks will carrel together to serve countless cuisines in the East End’s massive greenspace. Grab grub, a picnic blanket and some sunscreen for a day to remember.
This is, hands down, the biggest and best Filipino food fest Toronto’s ever had. At the corner of Bathurst and Wilson, find a collection of Pinoy treats, along with kids’ performances, entertainment and fashion shows.