Food Festival Season: Toronto Summer 2018

Hello all,

If you are like me and enjoy completely disregarding your fitness goals during summer - this list is for you. Also, if you do the whole 'cutesy dates' thing, I would suggest this list.

It is really time for the greatest thing ever in Toronto, our summer! There is food, food and more food galore. There is an insane amount of food festivals and events to do with eating and/or drinking (or both?). I attempted to make this blog post as simple and as accessible as possible, I hope you enjoy. They are all listed in chronological order so you can organize your weekends accordingly.  

If there's any food fest I forgot, feel free to add it in the comments so other people can take advantage and see it!


Poutinefest

Date: Thursday, May 24th - Sunday, May 27th

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: I didn't even know this was a thing, might roll still.


Brunch Fest

Date: Friday, June 1st - Sunday, June 3rd

Location: 99 Sudbury, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: $7.95 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: Make absolutely sure you go by the Lisa Marie booth when you go! They had some delicious food last year. Also, I think we got a free beer when we walked in? WINNING. Very sad to be missing it this year. 


Mac and Cheese Fest

Date: Friday, June 8th - Sunday, June 10th

Location: Milton Fairgrounds, Milton

Tickets: $7-$10 online, $15 at door (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: I'm low key upset it is no longer downtown, but happy that it got so big it HAD to move. I guess.


Foodalicious

Date: Saturday, June 9th - Sunday, June 10th

Location: Downsview Park, Toronto

Tickets: $8 regular, $50 family pass, $25 VIP (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: I had never actually heard of this event until I did this blog post, looks like there's lots of activities and a variety of food vendors. Family friendly. 


Taco Fest

Date: Friday, June 15th - Sunday, June 17th

Location: Ontario Place, West Island, Toronto

Tickets: $9.95 - $14.95 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: I'm looking forward to going again this year. Be smarter than me and bring an umbrella if it even says 10% chance of rain, got caught in that last year at Taco Fest and it sucked. Make sure to go in a group and share tickets so you spend less time collectively in lines and more time eating! 


Taste of Little Italy

Date: Friday, June 15th - Sunday, June 17th

Location: College Street, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: Definitely trying to roll to this, I love cannoli almost as much as I love breathing. 


Taste of Asia

Date: Saturday, June 23rd - Sunday, June 24th

Location: Kennedy Road just North of Steeles Avenue East, Markham

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: Canada's largest Asian festival.


Rib Fest

Date: Friday, June 29th - Sunday, July 2nd

Location: 256 Centennial Park Road, Etobicoke 

Tickets: Free (or $3 donation), $18 Basic VIP, $47 VIP

Website: Click Here

Notes: I realize there's a bunch of these all over the GTA - if you go look for your specific city I'm almost 100% you probably will find one coming closer to you.


Taste of Lawrence

Date: Friday, July 6th - Sunday, July 8th

Location: Lawrence Ave. E. from Warden Ave. to Birchmount Rd., Scarborough 

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: You know....I've never attended this and I always hear great things about the food. This might have to be the year!


Salsa on St. Clair

Date: Saturday, July 7th - Sunday, July 8th

Location: St. Clair Avenue West between Winona and Christie, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: Pretty pathetic I've lived in Toronto almost eight years and was always working during this. Might have to be the year to finally attend this and get my dance on, with food in my hand. 


Night It Up!

Date: Friday, July 13th - Sunday, July 15th

Location: Markham Civic Centre, Markham 

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: A showcase of Asian street foods styled like the night markets in Taiwan and Hong Kong.  


Pizza Fest

Date: Friday, July 20th - Sunday, July 22nd

Location: Ontario Place, Toronto

Tickets: $7.95 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: ARE YOU DUMB? I love pizza. Have to go. 


Beer Fest

Date: Thursday, July 26th - Sunday, July 29th

Location: Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place, Toronto

Tickets: $40-$60 for the times that aren't sold out already (5 beer sampling tokens included)

Website: Click Here

Notes: I had a really good time last year and bought tickets to go again this year. The headline performer was Method Man in 2017, this year it is Ludacris. Depending on which night you go, there's someone different performing. 


Harold's Fish Festival

Date: Friday, July 27th - Sunday, July 29th

Location: West Island at Ontario Place, Toronto

Tickets: $9 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: Another event I hadn't heard of until I did this blog post, shame. I love seafood. The event says that it is a fusion of fish and seafood dishes with a perfect blend of wines, beers and Signature cocktails, bringing you a fish event like no other. Down!


Food Truck Festival

Date: Friday, August 3rd - Sunday, August 6th 

Location: Woodbine Park, Toronto 

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: If you check the website, there are other dates for other locations around the GTA. I really like attending food truck fest because I love food that is handheld and innovative. Sad I haven't been in two years. Fail.


Taste of the Middle East

Date: Saturday, August 4th

Location:  Yonge-Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: Not only are we spoiled with Caribana being this weekend (and the next event, Taste of India) but it is also downtown? Send me all the shawarmas. My belly is ready. 


Taste of India

Date: Sunday, August 5th

Location: Nathan Philips Square, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: See post above this, change shawarma to roti and channa. Ok thanks.


Jerkfest

Date: Thursday, August 9th - Sunday August 12th

Location: Centennial Park, Base of the Ski Hill, Etobicoke

Tickets: $10 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Note: A freaking staple in Toronto. Must-attend. You can eat your face off at this event because you finished playing mas at Caribana the weekend before, bye bye costume body. There is always awesome performances as well as I think I read there is a domino tournament where you can win up to $500. Bet you won't yell PASS! 


Waterfront Night Market

Date:  Friday, August 10th - Sunday, August 12th 

Location:  I guess, a waterfront? No info yet.

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: My friend Martha said this is good, we have to trust her. 


Taste of the Danforth

Date: Friday, August 10th - Sunday, August 12th

Location: Danforth Avenue from Broadview to Jones Avenue, Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: I attend this literally every year. Love it. It can get very crowded and busy, but in my experience the lines move pretty quickly for food.


Vegandale Fest

Date: Saturday, August 11th - Sunday, August 12th

Location: Fort York, Garrison Common, Toronto

Tickets: $10-$15 (entry only)

Website: Click Here

Notes: Had to include something for the hippies. 


Sweetery

Date: Saturday, August 11th - Sunday, August 12th

Location: David Pecaut Square, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: All things sweet. MmMmmmmm.... sugar.


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

Date: Friday, August 24th - Sunday, August 26th

Location: Ontario Place, Toronto 

Tickets: Out on July 5th, expect the $10-$15 range for entry only

Website: Click Here

Notes: Same people who give you Taco and Brunch fest do this event, if you like BBQ, it's a go. 


Panamerican Food and Music Festival

Date: Saturday, August 25th - Sunday, August 26th

Location: Yonge-Dundas Square, Downtown Toronto

Tickets: Free

Website: Click Here

Notes: I bet I have attended this and didn't even know it. Downtown food is all the time food ok? Looks like there's going to be some great food and great music at this. 


I would also like to give a special mention to these events, although not 'food events' - they got some great food AT the events: 

Pride Toronto (June 22nd - June 24th) - Click Here

Afrofest (July 7th - July 8th) - Click Here

Caribana (August 2nd - August 6th) - Click Here

CNE (August 17th - September 3rd) - Click Here 

Busker Fest (August 31st - September 3rd) - Click Here

 

Happy eating :) 

- Mirna