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I liked that the Quebec forum has a "foods events" thread. Please use this thread to post about events that are happening in the city or elsewhere in Ontario. This can be one off events, or annual events. Like, for example fundraisers that involve food, or big festivals/events that don't really need their own thread (i.e. Winterlicious/Summerlicious have usually had a seperate thread). Maybe people don't post about events because they don't want a new thread and there is a fine line about "advertising" vs. informing.

So, a couple of ones that I know about coming up soon:

April TUM - April 6th (tomorrow):

Kho San Rd. is doing a Songkran celebration again but this time around in the parking lot across from their restaurant. Other chefs involved including chefs from Daisho, Hawker Bar, etc.. I won't be going this time but enjoyed the water fights at the restaurant last year:


I am not posting about "special menus" in this thread normally but just a heads up that Sabai Sabai is doing a special menu for Songkran but not sure about the water fight aspect :
Eigensinn Farm's annual Wild Leek and Maple Syrup Festival
May 5, 2013 - $160 per person
Ticket available as of today. A write up/more details on Spotlight TO site:


Would love to go to this but don't think I can convince friends to spend that kind of money. Having been to the fundraiser to stop the quarry up north when they were also cooking out in the forest it was quiet a memorable time.

Hope to learn about some interesting events from other CHers!

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  1. Food Truck Eats is hosting its second event at Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    I went to the first one last year and really enjoyed the setting. It's not nearly as crazy busy as the FTE events in Toronto, and you can throw a blanket down and make a picnic of it. Pricing is the same as last year: $15 entry fee, which includes a Govino wine glass and a glass of Peller Estates wine.


      1. Green Living Show is this upcoming weekend. I usually enjoy their food related areas. Lot of free samples, plus, there is an area where you can sample/buy food and wine and more higher end food options.

        Here is part of the food programming/demos/vendor info:


        There are various ways to get in for free. Details on their website but includes "ewaste" (i.e. bring in an old keyboard, mouse, computer monitor, etc, etc and get a coupon to get in for free), also if you are a Live Green Member, and other options

        Definitely recommend it.

        1. Heard an ad today for the "Canadian Tire Home and Auto Show" at the North Building of the Metro Convention centre:

          It is free. Appearances by Cake Boss and demos by Lynn Crawford, Rob Rainford and Ted Reader and the main food related items

          1. Kampai

            Festival of Sake

            Try over 100 premium sakes


            May 30, 2013 - Fermenting Cellar - 6:30pm to 9pm

            Advance ticket price $65 until May 23
            At door/after the 23rd - $75
            (subject to availability)

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            1. re: ylsf

              Has anyone been? This is their second year, curious to their line-up and the crowd.

            2. Fellow Chowfriends,
              I am planning a 'Live B.C Spotted Prawns' Chowmeet around June!!
              Dishes feature will include the prawns prepared wok-fry a la 'O Mei'. Also, thinking of complimenting this signature dish with 'Peppered Honey Glazed Fried Jumbo size West Coast Oysters', Peking Duck, Sauteed Angus Filet Mignon Cubes with caramelized Walnuts and Teriyaki sauce.......?!!
              STAY TUNE!!

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              1. re: Charles Yu

                That sounds incredible Charles...we'll be looking forward to your updates. What a great idea!

                1. re: Googs

                  Googs that's a great link...thank-you! I've bookmarked it.

                2. La Carnita is doing a sequel to Uno last year.... I stopped by last year for Uno after another event and the line up was CRAZY long. I didn't end up waiting. My friends went and enjoyed it though. I think it was free or super cheap last year, curious to see the ticket prices this year.
                  Of note is that Big Star is coming up for Chicago. Both La Carnita and Big Star will be selling tacos:

                  Tickets on sale June 1st, event is July 19th, at Brickworks

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                  1. re: ylsf

                    WAT BIG STAR!? Thanks for the tip ylsf!

                    Last year, getting in wasn't too bad just before 9pm or whenever the food was to have started rolling out. But then you had to line up for tickets to get food (I was lucky and got mine from people walking out) and THEN you had to line up for the food. Which was an hour long. I wouldn't have waited except we were waiting for others to join us anyway.

                    So current stats: excited about Big Star, uncertain I care to wait that much. Hopefully, they'll apply their learning from last year for a better event.

                    1. re: ylsf

                      This is supposed to be epic. I went to the event last year, and it was quite unorganized when it came to the food. I have heard back from the event organizers that they have ironed out the details, and all will be gouda this year. I am so going!!!

                      1. re: Shari_Toronto

                        Do you or anyone else know the cost of the tickets? They are suppose to go on sale next Saturday but the cost doesn't seem to be posted anywhere yet.

                        BTW, The Stop Night Market went on sale today


                        As mentioned before, definitely recommend this event. Hope it is as good as last year.

                        1. re: ylsf

                          Same question, does anyone know the price of the tickets? There's not much info on their site.

                          1. re: FrenchSoda

                            I am guessing it will be pricey.. and maybe they are just hoping people will jump out it without thinking when the release the tickets on Saturday? Hope they release the ticket price in advance though, maybe someone should tweet to them or try Facebook.

                            1. re: ylsf

                              Technically, entry was free last year. Food & Drink were $5? Something like that. I just hated the lineups. C R A Z Y

                      2. re: ylsf

                        So the "ticket" page is up now (won't go live for purchases until tomorrow at noon). Says $20. I imagine there will be service fees on top of that.

                      3. SewHungry is this Friday on Ottawa Street in Hamilton. I went last year for a bit and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I had never been to that area of Hamilton before. Some very tasty food from some local spots (like Poco Loco) plus the food trucks.

                        Free to go, free parking on side streets (although, can be tricky if you get there later), wasn't SUPER crowded (i.e. lines weren't too bad) but they had a good turn out for the 3 or 4 hours last year. This year, they are adding an evening session as well (last year was just lunch)


                        FB: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaStreetBIA

                        1. The Stop Night Market is returning again this year. This time for 2 nights:

                          Some initial details here, full line up coming out tomorrow.

                          Tickets on sale May 22nd, website hasn't been updated fully yet but should be by tomorrow I guess

                          This was one of my favourite events last year, I highly recommend checking it out. The atmosphere/food/charity involved/etc

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                          1. re: ylsf

                            Agreed, great event. Ticket sale date is already in my calendar :D

                            1. re: ylsf

                              On sale! Guys, really, don't wait to get your tickets.

                              My post from last year (mostly images): http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/06/21/th...

                              The intro from said post:

                              The sun was beating down on hot pavement and the air was thick and steamy. But even that didn’t deter the hungry horde at yesterday’s Night Market fundraiser for The Stop. Lanterns and flags were strung high across the area and the addition of artful and innovative booths (done by talented designers) really gave things a festive air.

                              With the $50 ticket being all-inclusive of food and drink, it was nice not to have to juggle money alongside plates of food (and in my case, a camera). This was a great event – both food-wise and visually – check out what you missed (warning: really image-heavy post)!

                              1. re: jlunar

                                Have you been able to access their website? I've been trying since noon and so far not able to get on to buy tickets.

                                1. re: midtowngirl

                                  Try this link to get tickets. I think they cut over from their web site to the Uniiverse site:


                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                    According to their facebook page the website has crashed and they suggest to just keep trying. I got as far as the order page a couple of times, but it just shut down and I had to start over and never got all the way to purchase confirmation. As of 2pm tickets appear to be sold out so looks like some people were getting through.

                                    1. re: midtowngirl

                                      holy moly, sold out. that was fast.

                                      1. re: midtowngirl

                                        That's crazy! I thought I was being slightly silly for starting my browser refresh 11:59am, but obviously not. Oy. That's such a bummer for all the people who wanted to go but couldn't get through on the site.

                                        1. re: TorontoJo

                                          I know I'm really disappointed! I actually started refreshing the page before noon too and spent two hours trying to get through but no luck as the site kept crashing while I was mid-order. Looks like I'm not the only one judging by the angry comments on the facebook page!

                                          1. re: midtowngirl

                                            uniiverse strikes again...I refuse to go to events that they do the ticketing for

                                2. re: ylsf

                                  BTW, I am helping out with registration tonight. If any CHers are going tonight that I have met before keep an eye out for me and say hi :)

                                  1. re: ylsf

                                    Oh darn, had I known, I would have introduced myself! I was with the very first group in line 1.

                                    Great event -- food was really excellent almost across the board. And I loved the thought and creativity that went into the construction of the booths.

                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                      Too bad, next time!
                                      Yeah, they have a bunch of different architects/groups designing the booths. Almost easy to miss that element when you focus on the food but later I went back to look at some when the crowds died town. Really impressive, unfortunately by then it was darker and hard to get some nice shots with my cell cam.

                                      1. re: ylsf

                                        Sorry I missed saying hello! I managed to get a shot of all the booths at the beginning. I may eventually get around to posting that.

                                        For those interested, here are my photos of The Stop's Night Market (Night 1): http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/06/19/th...

                                        There are a loooot of photos. Best surprise was the cronut hole from Chef Victor Barry.

                                        Gotta process my photos from night 2. Mental note to self: don't do two giant eating events back-to-back. I found myself flagging earlier and unable to consume nearly as much as yesterday. Ugh.

                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          Aaaand... Night Two photos:


                                          Some friends thought Night 2 was better, but I thought the second night was just as good as the first, IMO. Did anyone else do both?

                                  2. re: ylsf

                                    For the record, another great year. I didn't get a chance to eat until later in the evening but I had plenty of good food and the vibe was really nice again this year. Lines did definitely get long at times but to be expected. Some places "sold out" quickly (some within 30 minutes of opening). I am not sure if those spots were just serving really quickly or maybe just brought the suggested number of servings.

                                    Anyway, good night overall and still tomorrow to go. I am too full to type more but I am sure hungryabbey will have a full report on her blog and I think jLunar was there tonight or tmrw.

                                    1. re: ylsf

                                      I was there! Processing photos. Be there tomorrow too :D

                                  3. Stuff I thought was cool this week:

                                    Market 707′s Public Patio Fundraising [to June 2]
                                    Scadding court’s ever-evolving shipping-container food fest is fundraising for a new patio. Not an event, I know, but I’m going to plug it here because I think it’s worthwhile. Since it’s a la Kickstarter, certain levels of donations net you some goodies. You can check out the tiers down the left-hand side. Tax receipts too.


                                    ROM’s Friday Night Live [May 3
                                    ]ROM FNL kicks off their Spring 2013 season. I’ll be there. Advance tickets are sold out, but they’ll have limited tickets at the door. Be prepared to wait.


                                    So You Think You Can Cook Fiddlehead Culinary Competition [May 3
                                    ]A fundraiser for SickKids with names like Massimo Capra and Rob Rainford attached to this. I don’t usually include 99% of the fundraisers out there, but felt that this one was special – ’tis the season for fiddleheads.


                                    Scottish Whisky Tasting at The Caledonian [May 4
                                    ]Perhaps not unique, but with the rise of cocktails and whatnot, this might appeal to some of you. Scotch whisky has many different notes and flavours depending on where it’s from – and this is a great way to explore and contrast those flavours.


                                    Good Vs Evil Prix Fixe Dinner [May 5
                                    ]Bourdain and Ripert come to the Sony Centre and the Tempered Beast duo of Bertrand Alépée and Scott Vivian dish out a 4-course dinner before the show.


                                    Loooooooots of events. These are only the ones that piqued my interest, even!

                                    From the May round up: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/05/02/ni...

                                    1. There's also an event on May 26th that should be awesome!! It's going to bring together a lot of the city's food truck and pop-up vendor chefs. Here's a link to the info:



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                                      1. re: kwass

                                        Thanks, looks interesting...For those that don't want to click the link it is basically a "Kitchen Stadium" style battle of chefs with a secret ingredient. Sounds like fun.

                                      2. An event called "CraveTO" happening at Brickworks on May 24th, 2013 - Food Trucks, DJs, etc


                                        Tickets are $17ish plus service fees I imagine.

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                                        1. re: ylsf

                                          This one feels like a mashup of food trucks and TUM with a DJ for a slightly younger audience.

                                        2. Burger Week from The Grid and various restaurants is returning again this year. Looks like more restaurants, and, the "Burger Day" is an all you can eat "sliders" event for $30 (I put sliders in quotes because I know some of you get annoyed when used to referred to as a small burger vs. an actual slider)

                                          May 29th to June 2nd (June 2nd is Burger Day)... Curious to see Banh Mi Boys listed there... wonder if they will have a burger special for those few days??

                                          1. June 8, 2013 - International Centre, Mississauga - Canada's Gluten-free market - http://www.canadasglutenfreemarket.ca/

                                            1. For fans of Susur:

                                              May 24 - 26 - Weekend with Susur Lee - Deerhurst Resort-

                                              For the first time ever, food aficionados can meet, greet, watch and savour the artistry of Chef Susur Lee in the Muskoka setting of Deerhurst Resort during this special culinary weekend


                                              Too rich for my blood ($349 per night is the cheapest if you stay for 2 nights), but maybe someone here is interested :)

                                              1. The Big Night at The Stop - June 5, 2013 - Wychwood Barns -


                                                $200, charity fundraiser for The Stop

                                                Nonna-inspired from Chris Brown (The Stop),
                                                Lorenzo Loseto (George), John Sinopoli (Ascari Enoteca) and
                                                George Taluri and Branko Vrbaski (Noce).

                                                Also featuring chefs from Vertical, Terroni, Cheese Boutique
                                                and Panganelli. Wines will be provided by Stratus Vineyards
                                                and Vineland Estates Winery.

                                                1. Toronto Food Fest - June 23, 2013 (Sunday) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
                                                  Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
                                                  5183 Sheppard Avenue East
                                                  Scarborough, Ontario
                                                  Canada M1B 5Z5

                                                  Free Admission

                                                  4 Replies
                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                    What's so one-of-a-kind about TO Food Fest? There's a wealth of ethnic culinary talent in Scarborough. I see two vendors, Marathon Donuts & Coffee and Francesca Bakery, with bricks and mortar locations in Scarborough. Three more are also fulltime food retailers from Toronto. The rest appear to be a collection of "caterers" that specialize in events. Very rippy offy.

                                                    Shame on TO Food Fest and, while I'm at it, shame on Taste of Lawrence for not doing enough to support and highlight local businesses.

                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                      "Local" to these people seems to mean "local to Toronto or the GTA" and they seem to be trying to create an alternative, "lower friction" version of TUM (and at least two of the "caterers" are people who've sold at TUM too), since they aren't particularly claiming to be some kind of Scarbourough specific thing it's a bit disingenuous to call them out for not being what they never claimed to be.

                                                      I don't know where you get rippy offy from, if this is rippy offy then you really, really need to stay the heck away from TUM

                                                      1. re: bytepusher

                                                        I agree with bytepusher, this event is much more accessible for most people in the sense of not needing to pay an entrance fee, etc. I 100% support the concept behind this, I have tried some of the "catering" companies that were at other food events (like TUM) and they have been good to excellent. Looks like 5 or so have done TUM before.
                                                        I am sure they would be open to other local to Scarborough companies wanting to be at the show as well. Not sure what they can do beside make it known.

                                                        BTW, it is a bunch of younger people running this. I can't agree with your comments, but, if you have suggestions for businesses they should try to get involved you should contact them. I am sure they are open to suggestions.


                                                        1. re: bytepusher

                                                          They defined it, I didn't redefine it. If I went expecting neighbourhood vendors and got this I'd feel extremely ripped off.

                                                          From their website:
                                                          "We are looking for entrepreneurial individuals who want to join the team in pursuing this exciting opportunity and in developing an event that will change the Scarborough/Markham region."

                                                          "...TO Food Fest brings together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one exciting event."

                                                          From TorontoLife:

                                                          They had to bring Filipino, Greek, Italian, and Japanese food from elsewhere? They're not even trying.

                                                          Blurring the line between Toronto Underground Market and TO Food Fest is unfair to TUM.

                                                    2. If anyone is going to be in the Niagara region on May 26, there is an event called Sprung! at Stratus:


                                                      A spring market, with lots of food trucks and food vendors. Tree and Twig will be there, the most awesome local grower of organic and heirloom plants. I was at the Christmas market at Stratus and it was wonderful, so am expecting more of the same for the Spring market.

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                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                        That looks like fun. So many darn events happening that weekend (even outside of food related).

                                                        I just heard of Tree and Twig a few days ago myself, a friend lives in St. Catherines and she mentioned they are having a "Tomato plant sale" this upcoming weekend (more plants than just tomatoes but they have a lot of heirloom varieties of tomatoes):


                                                        I am hoping to make it out at some point this weekend.

                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          Yeah, Tree and Twig is great. That tomato plant sale is supposed to be packed. She also hosts a seed exchange every year that draws a huge crowd.

                                                          I'll be at Food Trucks Eats this Saturday, followed by the Bob Blumer dinner at Stratus that night. Lots going on in the Niagara area!

                                                      2. Art of the Cocktail
                                                        May 23, 2013
                                                        Malaparte (event space at Lightbox)
                                                        Cost $49 (4 courses of hor d'oeuvres and cocktail pairings)


                                                        2 Replies
                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                          Thanks for the info.
                                                          I did go and totally enjoyed it.

                                                          1. re: ace123

                                                            Thanks for sharing the pics. Glad you enjoyed the event.

                                                        2. Another Niagara region event: Graze the Bench, June 1 - 2.

                                                          Seven wineries along the Beamsville Bench have created a walking trail that connects all of them (which I think is super cool). Each winery has a featured dish and wine pairing. $25 entry fee gets you a Schott Zweisel glass, a glass of wine and one food item.


                                                          If the weather is good, the walk between the wineries would be an amazing way to walk off the calories. :)

                                                          1. Eats and Beats in Riverside
                                                            June 1, 2013 - 1pm to 6pm.

                                                            Some food related activities. Says in the description "cooking demos", "meat smoke off" , etc but more importantly "belly dancing workshops".. :)

                                                            1 Reply
                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                              There is a twitter contest to get invited for a food tour.

                                                              I don't know if it has filled up yet but search for RiversideBIAs tweets about it if you are interested. Only first 20 respondents.

                                                            2. Possibly the creepiest food event ever


                                                              Pop up dinner at the Cookbook Store with food stylist Janice Poon, Janice is the food stylist for the TV show Hannibal and she will be working with local chef/pop-up impresario Matt Kantor to create edible replicas of some of the food that has appeared on the show


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                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                HA! Very interesting. Not sure I'd want to, but .. interesting.

                                                              2. A beer focused event in Niagara on the Lake this weekend.

                                                                Kurtz Orchards :


                                                                May 18 to 20th

                                                                $15 entry fee also gets you a Kurtz Orchards Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Jelly.

                                                                They are also doing a dinner/movie night on Sat and Sunday, and there is a Chef's table dinner on Sunday night.

                                                                1. In addition to Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates this weekend, there is also a Bob Blumer dinner at Stratus Winery on Saturday evening (May 18).


                                                                  1. Oyster Fest Niagara - June 9th:
                                                                    Where: Dillon's Distillery - Beamsville
                                                                    35$ includes 1 drink ticket & oyster plate
                                                                    Additional food and drinks available – food trucks will take cash while drink tickets will be sold for cocktails, wine & beer

                                                                      1. re: kbdid

                                                                        Good point. I totally forgot to mention this.

                                                                      2. PS Kensington starts this Sunday (Pedestrian Sundays). Usually some interesting street food offerings although not a "food festival"

                                                                        Dates for 2013 (should be the last Sunday of the month)
                                                                        Sunday May 26th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th, September 29th and October 27th, 2013


                                                                        1. Great Lakes Brewery - Charity BBQ on Saturday may 25, 2013-


                                                                          1. This weekend, Terroir - A County Wine celebration in Prince Edward County -

                                                                            1. Chantry All You Can Eat Fish Fry

                                                                              Saturday 10 August 4:00 to 8:00 PM

                                                                              In Reunion Park by our achingly beautiful harbour in Kincardine

                                                                              Okay, so the fries are out of a bucket and so is the cole slaw, but the fish are out of Lake Huron.

                                                                              Wild Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout; wild Chinook and Coho Salmon; Walleye and Whitefish brought in from Purdy's Fishery.

                                                                              Rustic and no pretension here. This is a long, local tradition going back almost 30 years - part of the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby.

                                                                              Adults $15, kids $5. Includes dessert and pop. Licensed bar extra.

                                                                              1. Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival
                                                                                June 13-15, 2013
                                                                                Sugar Beach, foot of Jarvis


                                                                                $21.50 in advance/$30 at the gate (incldues 5 sample tickets).

                                                                                Wine, spirits, beer, cider, coolers, live music

                                                                                1. 4th Annual Veggie Pride Parade - June 1, 2013 - 12pm to 4pm


                                                                                  Starts at Yonge and Bloor and ends up at Trinity Square

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                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                    It's a short parade because... you know... its for vegetarians.

                                                                                  2. Give Me Liberty - After Work Party

                                                                                    Thursday June 6, 2013 - 4pm to 10pm , Fraser Ave.

                                                                                    Beer, Beats, BBQ treats


                                                                                    1. There is a "Slow Fish" dinner at Red Fish on June 4 ... http://redfishresto.com/slow-fish/.

                                                                                      1. Niagara Veg Fest on Sunday June 2, 2013 (this weekend):


                                                                                        Market Square, downtown St. Catharines

                                                                                        A friend went last year and she enjoyed it for a local festival.

                                                                                        1. The Henhouse has started bi-weekly pop-ups with Julian Mark who used to own Naco Gallery. He'll be "serving up a different Mexican based, world inspired cuisine". I can only find details on Facebook so apologies if it's annoying.

                                                                                          First one is tonight so it'll be every other Wednesday after that.


                                                                                          1. Sip and Savour - Wednesdsay June 19, 2013

                                                                                            $85.00, plus HST
                                                                                            Price includes all wine tastings, appetizer pairings, complimentary shuttle service, and your donation to Houselink.

                                                                                            Fermenting Cellar - Distillery District

                                                                                            1. Sorry if this one was posted already.
                                                                                              I can't afford to go to this. Jun 9 at the ROM.
                                                                                              Bob Blumer fans...


                                                                                              4 Replies
                                                                                              1. re: lmvp

                                                                                                If you volenteer to help at the event you can usually sneek in some tastes of the food...

                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                  Curious how long ago you volunteered for it?

                                                                                                  I personally would NOT recommend people volunteering for it if you are expecting to try the food. The staff was pretty strict on that when I was there and your volunteer meal was grocery store sandwiches. This was a few years ago when I volunteered. I didn't volunteer for the "food" but it would have been a nice benefit if I got to try something. The other thing I tried some a bit of the Lemonada from the Crepes a go go lady who offered the volunteers some at the end.

                                                                                                  I find like this event when I volunteered at it really separated the "volunteers" from the "Event" and you were expected to be there to clean up/help out and that is it. This compares to a lot of other events that I have been at where volunteers are given a chance to experience the event even just a little bit.

                                                                                                  Again, I want to be clear I was there to support Second Harvest and not for freebies but at the same time I personally can't recommend volunteering for them because of the way I was treated by staff (or event staff brought in). It was night and day from other organizations I have volunteered for in the past. I really hope that things have changed since (I gave them a lot of feedback after via a survey and they didn't follow up at all with me). Anyway, I will stop my mini rant now :)

                                                                                                  And, having said all of that, the event itself had great food and a great atmosphere

                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                    Two years ago at the ROM I am not saying I went around trying every booth but there were a few that i wanted to try and I made extra effort "supporting" those booths, asking if they needed extra water, clearing their garbage and empty plates. Near the end of the event when things were calmed down and the crowd had thinned out I asked for a sample at a few booths when they were feeding their own staff..

                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                      I guess they don't want the Forest Hill types to have their experience blemished with mingling with the help...

                                                                                                2. An Oakville event with Beaus Brewing and O&B -

                                                                                                  Beer and BBQ Bash
                                                                                                  The Group of Seven Chefs
                                                                                                  Monday, 17 June 2013 at 7:00 PM
                                                                                                  Oakville, Ontario
                                                                                                  $45 + HST

                                                                                                  1. Dundas West Street Fest - this Saturday June 8, 2013


                                                                                                    Food related aspect -


                                                                                                    Many of our members in Duwest and Little Portugal will be cooking and serving food outdoors for this event!

                                                                                                    Expect delicious food from Lakeview, Bairrada, A Lota, Quinta, Hens & Hogs, This End Up, Salsicharia Pavao, O Nosso Talho, the Hogtown Cure, Churrasqueira do Sardinha, M & M Fruits & Grocery, Grain, Curd Bean, Tony & Nick’s & more…

                                                                                                    You can also get great food on our patios (scroll down) as well as amazing dessert options at E.L.Ruddy, Nova Era, Caldense, OMG, Brazil Bakery, Dundas Portuguese Bakery, The Arrow, Eagles Nest and more!

                                                                                                    1. Beach BBQ and Brew's Festival - June 14 to 16, 2013


                                                                                                      Woodbine Park...

                                                                                                      Don't know how good the BBQ portion is, but, figured would mention it

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                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                        If firemen are doin' the 'cuing, who cares how good it is!

                                                                                                      2. Thanks to jlunar's blog for the original heads up on this one.

                                                                                                        Victoronix is running a series of classes/demos at their store on Bloor.

                                                                                                        Sanagan's Meat Locker is doing a butchery demo tomorrow June 8, 2013. (11am)

                                                                                                        Also a June 22 and July 15th event (different topics):


                                                                                                        1. A food "town hall" happening next Thursday at MetroHall -


                                                                                                          1. Toronto Raw/ Vegan Festival - Free Admission - 918 Bathurst
                                                                                                            June 8 and 9th


                                                                                                            Went a couple of years ago... Some "wacky" sections/products but overall interesting and worth a stop if you are into raw/vegan. It does get pretty busy though and at times it is hard to navigate the space

                                                                                                            1. Cuisine Art in Alton Mills - July 19 to 21st, 2013.


                                                                                                              I went last year to this event and enjoyed it. Nice little spot.

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                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                Reminder that this is happening this weekend. The sampling menu is up now:

                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reminder.
                                                                                                                  Looking forward to a nice event on Saturday.

                                                                                                              2. Another Oakville event -
                                                                                                                Chelster Hall Community Festival -
                                                                                                                $250 per person - 5:30pm to 9:00pm July 20, 2013

                                                                                                                Even if you aren't interested in going click on the link to see the house it is being hosted in!!


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                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                  Last bump for this weekend's events. Would have loved to have gone to this but little rich for my blood :)

                                                                                                                2. Are there any foodie events coming up in eastern ontario? Something easily accessible from Montreal by bus or train. bon appetit :d

                                                                                                                  1. Mary Macleod's Open House - June 22, 2013 - 2pm to 5pm - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

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                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                      great shortbread! Thanks YLSF!

                                                                                                                    2. Eat Up TO
                                                                                                                      NOW Magazine presents Eat Up TO, an innovative food marketing and networking event – farmers’ market meets tech conference – uniting food and drink vendors, product makers, service providers, speakers and technology.The purpose of Eat Up is to build community and promote the creation of innovative ideas in the local food world through collaboration and networking. Eat Up provides a platform for all food lovers and industry professionals to connect and share their passion for great food.

                                                                                                                      What: NOW Magazine presents Eat Up TO (produced by Foodea.com)
                                                                                                                      When: Sunday June 23, 2013, 12pm – 6pm
                                                                                                                      Where: 99 Sudbury
                                                                                                                      Cost: Tickets are $20. Includes gift bag with promotional items.
                                                                                                                      Drink tickets will be available for $6.
                                                                                                                      Food items will be available for $1-$10


                                                                                                                      1. Oyster Festival 2013
                                                                                                                        This will be the 25th anniversary of the festival, and of our relationship with Environmental Defense, our charity partner. To date, the Ontario Oyster Festival (or OOF) has raised over $100,000 for ED, as well as offering inexpensive drinks, oysters, lobster, live music, competitive oyster eating, great auction items, Rodney ‘in character,’ and of course, the best shuckers in the country duking it out to the oyster enthusiasts of Toronto.

                                                                                                                        THE DATE: Sunday, July 21 THE TIME: 2:00PM start.

                                                                                                                        THE PLACE: The lot between 461 and 469 King St W THE PRICE: $35.00/ticket


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                                                                                                                        1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                          Bump, another event that is happening this weekend. So easy for them to get lost in the shuffle of this thread. I will be at the Alton Mills event tomorrow (also in this thread) so I will miss out on this one.

                                                                                                                        2. Tickets on sale today for the next Abbey Kitchen Stadium :


                                                                                                                          July 21st - 1pm to 4pm

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                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                              Bump up, reminder that it is this Sunday. I will be there, again, if anyone wants to say hi at the event who I haven't met yet see my "location" in my profile for my e-mail.

                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                Went to the event on Sunday. The pacing worked much better this time around. The video screens were up/working also and I liked the music better. Overall a fun afternoon and some tasty eats. I bought 5 food tickets but got completely full on 3 of them and ended up sharing the other two with friends. The secret ingredient this time was pickles.

                                                                                                                                The one dish that I was not a fan of was The Saint's dish. The bread was ROCK hard, not sure what they were thinking. A shame though because the smelts themselves were decent (they did a smelt sandwich).

                                                                                                                                Some good prices for the draw too with proceeds supportiny My Food My Way, unfortunately I didn't win anything :)

                                                                                                                                Also had a chance to talk to the guy serving for Dillon's. Tried their celery bitter and he had another one off bitter that was really good too.

                                                                                                                                Next one in late September if I remember correctly.

                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                  COrrection: it wasnt The Saint that had the hard bread sandwich, it was Geraldine. A new thread made me remember that. Sorry for mistake!

                                                                                                                              2. Food and Water First - August 18, 2013

                                                                                                                                From the Orangeville Banner

                                                                                                                                "While the North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) is widely known as defenders of farmland, they also throw one heck of a party.

                                                                                                                                On Sunday, Aug. 18, the group returns to party-mode to celebrate Food & Water First at the Honeywood arena.

                                                                                                                                “It’s not about raising lots and lots of funds. It’s about bringing attention to the importance of food and water,” said Shirley Boxam, who is organizing the party.

                                                                                                                                NDACT was created with the mandate to stop The Highland Companies quarry plans in Melancthon, as well as influence change in the province's Aggregate Resources Act (ARA).

                                                                                                                                The group organized Foodstock in 2011 and Soupstock last year to aid in raising awareness and funds for their quarry battle.

                                                                                                                                With the Highland application withdrawn, the group is now focusing on ensuring legislation exists to protect Ontario’s edible assets.

                                                                                                                                “We tried to come up with something for an event that would retain the recognition points on the mega quarry fight, but also bring recognition to this second phase,” Boxam said.

                                                                                                                                While Foodstock and Soupstock each drew tens of thousands of people, Boxam said the Food & Water First celebration mixes chefs and music on a smaller scale.

                                                                                                                                “It’s not quite as big as Foodstock and Soupstock, but hopefully something that will interest people from outside Dufferin County,” Boxam said.

                                                                                                                                1. The Group of 7 (chefs) are having their 2nd Hogtown Throwdown.


                                                                                                                                  8 chefs (some guests!) and 2 pigs for $50 at the Brickworks. I went to the first one last year and really enjoyed it. Great setting outdoors. Definitely worth it. Hopefully it's not as ridiculously hot as it was last year.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                    Picked up a ticket for this today. Anyone else going?

                                                                                                                                    Confirmed that it is unlimited drink/food too, wasn't 100% sure from the original poster but they confirmed on twitter.

                                                                                                                                    If anyone wants to say hi at the event my e-mail is in my profile.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                      Enjoyed last night. Was pretty good food. 8 dishes total. Lines weren't too bad (not too crowded). As others posted on Twitter I felt that the Montreal chefs outshined the Toronto ones. My favourite of the Toronto dishes was Beast's heart dish and my fav of the Montreal ones was Maison Publique's pork belly. Probably the best pork belly dish I have ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                      The South African wines were good as well as the Spearhead beer. Overall a good night and I would consider going to another Group of 7 event.

                                                                                                                                    2. BaconNation happening at Harboufront on Monday:

                                                                                                                                      1pm to 8pm

                                                                                                                                      All things bacon will be explored with Barque Smokehouse!

                                                                                                                                      Here's a sampling of tasty delights that Barques will be smokin' up:

                                                                                                                                      Smoked Pork Belly - with grilled pineapple and hoisin BBQ sauce
                                                                                                                                      Peameal Bacon Taco - with maple slaw and grainy mustard aioli
                                                                                                                                      Fake'n Bacon - smoked tofu with lemony greens
                                                                                                                                      Canadian Sausage - smoked bacon wrapped weenie, ketchup BBQ sauce
                                                                                                                                      Pig Licker - root beer float with chocolate covered candied bacon + more!
                                                                                                                                      Bacon Chips - Crispy corn tortillas with smoked bacon salt, charred corn and bacon salsa
                                                                                                                                      Just $7 for six samples!

                                                                                                                                      1. Another Canada Day event

                                                                                                                                        Brewer's Backyard:


                                                                                                                                        Food and Beer. Free admission, just buy your beer and food

                                                                                                                                        1. In Bloomfield, On

                                                                                                                                          Six Barels for Six Chefs
                                                                                                                                          July 12, 2013


                                                                                                                                          1. Thursday July 4, 2013 - Chuck Hughes speaking at the Toronto Reference Library (you need to RSVP but it is free):

                                                                                                                                            Was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago but got cancelled because he was sick

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                              Thanks for heads up. Boohoo sold out :(

                                                                                                                                            2. There is an event tonight at the Drake (special edition of 86d) in support of Calgary.. a Cocktails night -


                                                                                                                                              1. Another Niagara area event - Lavender festival this weekend (July 13 and 14):


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                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                  Also in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Saturday (July 13) - Coast-to-Coast dinner at Stratus with Normand Laprise of Toque restaurant in Montreal.


                                                                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                    Can you share a bit more about this dinner? Sounded (and looked) awesome from the twitter pics/comments. I am curious what the dynamic is like with the other guests. Were they mainly locals/people from Toronto or out of town guests too?

                                                                                                                                                    What was the event that they had at Stratus last night? Noticed overflow "Event" parking yesterday with a ton of people. My stop was short in NOTL as I was heading to Buffalo for the Taste of Buffalo

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                      The Toqué dinner at Stratus last night was AMAZING. They hold their special dinners like this in the press alley where the fermenting and holding tanks are. There were 40 guests and it was a mixed crowd of locals, people from Toronto and several people from Montreal. Dynamic is very friendly and social -- I was there by myself and had a great time talking to my neighbours, none of whom I knew. It's a pretty special place to have dinner. My neighbours consisted of a couple from Toronto, a couple from NOTL and a couple from Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                      The best part of the meal was the chance to have Stratus' first ever vintage of their Stratus Red -- the 2001.

                                                                                                                                                      Photos of the menu and dishes below. Not a great deal of light, so some of these turned out quite dark. BTW, the second photo is of the beautiful tuna belly.

                                                                                                                                                      Are you asking about the overflow event parking for Jackson Triggs, rather than Stratus? If so, there was a Natalie MacMaster concert at JT last night.

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                    Went down yesterday for a bit. It was pretty busy. I had never been to the NEOB Lavender place before. Interesting spot, glad to know that it is there now. Would be a good spot for gifts for out of towners/etc. Something different than just wine.

                                                                                                                                                    You paid $5 to get in but that included two samples. I tried the ice cream from Circus (who is from Oakville originally) but found that the vanilla one didn't have much of a lavender taste (didn't really seem like the cream had been infused with lavender.... ). The rootbeer they had was really good. I forget the name of the place that made it but it was a one off for the festival. They may make it again for the store to sell in the future.
                                                                                                                                                    I also had a sample of the carbonated water from Niagara College with lavender and rose or something. Good too.

                                                                                                                                                    Overall, a need place to check out. I didn't realize there were so many varieties of lavender!

                                                                                                                                                  3. AYCE Poutine festival (including 3 craft beers) for $35 - August 22nd event


                                                                                                                                                    (Thanks to Sprung on RFD for the info


                                                                                                                                                    Not sure how much poutine I could eat but might be a fun event!

                                                                                                                                                    1. As part of the Tirgan festival this weekend at Harbourfront (Persian festival) there are some food related activities:


                                                                                                                                                      and this one (traditional tea):


                                                                                                                                                      Main festival page:

                                                                                                                                                      1. August 11, 2013 - at Wychwood Barns - Kultura , a Filipino food/art event:


                                                                                                                                                        I went last year and I enjoyed it although some of the vendors were pretty slow in putting together their dishes.

                                                                                                                                                        1. Oakville Waterfront Festival is featuring a bunch of food trucks in conjunction with Ontario Food Trucks. It is free to get in all weekend long (this weekend):


                                                                                                                                                          1. Today is Food Day Canada. I had no idea until just now.


                                                                                                                                                            Some restaurants are doing special menus or special items. O&B's Bannock has a crispy cod fried cheek/tongue po boy that looks good from this tweet:


                                                                                                                                                            1. This was mentioned in another thread by TorontoJo but figured will add it here so people know about it.

                                                                                                                                                              Ripe & Juicy Market at Stratus Vineyards this Sunday August 11, 2013:
                                                                                                                                                              11am to 6pm

                                                                                                                                                              Live music, kids' activities, free parking, free admission

                                                                                                                                                              There are some seminars happening as well.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                And lots of food trucks and other food vendors. If you've been to any of the food truck eats events, it's like those, but much more civilized -- no massive line ups and you get to eat your chow in a vineyard, with a glass of wine or beer. :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I forgot to mention the "food".. The most important part!

                                                                                                                                                              2. ING Cafe in Toronto is doing a lunch time food event/vendor each week with proceeds going to different charities. This week it is The Stop:


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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                  Good find!

                                                                                                                                                                  Animal Liberation Kitchen today and then ESE, babi & co, and feastTO for the next few coming up.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Dîner en Blanc on Aug 29th.
                                                                                                                                                                  Phase one invites were sent this week.

                                                                                                                                                                  Should be a fun night!!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                    Can someone who's actually been to this comment on whether it's actually as fun as it looks on the surface?

                                                                                                                                                                    I looked into it last year and decided to pass, one understands that there would be a dress code but the rules go way beyond that, it struck me as a bit of a pain and the whole thing seemed a bit Stepford Wives. I guess all I'm saying is make sure you review the material on their web site and know what your getting yourself into.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                      Well, in the end, I had fun. But I did a lot of griping before the fun started. Basically, it's a lot of work, a lot of rules, and a lot of hassle. It certainly seemed to cater more to the looks crowd than the food crowd. But you make what you will of it. I didn't get a lot of mixing with others - there was a little - but most kept to their groups.

                                                                                                                                                                      Keep in mind that the admission costs don't cover the cost of getting white tables, chairs, napkins, plates, clothes, shoes, blah blah blah. If you have your bits & bobs already, great! If not, this factors in.

                                                                                                                                                                      All that whining aside, I did eventually enjoy the atmosphere and spirit of the event. Really cool to see all these party people in their whites and picnicking and dancing (Music: good, but louuuud). And at the end of the night, I was pondering ways to improve for the following year.

                                                                                                                                                                      Even if you're not sure, sign up to get notified when the public invites go out. Because I attended last year, I was able to get in on the first wave.

                                                                                                                                                                      Here's my post from last year with more detailed complaining:

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with everything jlunar says.
                                                                                                                                                                        It's a picnic - with hundreds of others half soaked in all whites. We met many (home)/chefs who had very interesting takes on their prepared picnics. There was a couple who had a Victorian theme and was all decked out in high hats, white gloves, accompanied by an amazing roast and biscuits. Everybody was more than enthusiastic to share what they are wearing, what they are eating.

                                                                                                                                                                        It was a great experience.

                                                                                                                                                                        If you put in the effort to prepare for it, you will love it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Planning it makes me so excited!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. AwesTRUCK 2013

                                                                                                                                                                    Sept 21st, Garrison Commons

                                                                                                                                                                    I really enjoyed last year's version at the Brickworks, one assumes that the larger space and the explosion of trucks in the market over the last year will make for an excellent repeat

                                                                                                                                                                    Tickets go on sale Tuesday Aug 13 at 10AM on uniiverse.com (same people who botched the ticketing for the Stop Night Market, lets hope they do better this this time).


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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                        Reminder that Awestruck is this Saturday. Tickets are still available:


                                                                                                                                                                        There is also a big culture/music/history/etc festival happening at Fort York this weekend that is free:


                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                          For Car2go members, if you drive with a Car2Go car to Fort York you will get free access between 1pm and 2pm.

                                                                                                                                                                          AwesTRUCK: Canada’s Largest Food Truck Festival
                                                                                                                                                                          Location: Fort York, Garrison Common
                                                                                                                                                                          Date: September 21st
                                                                                                                                                                          Time: 2pm – 8pm

                                                                                                                                                                          We are extremely excited to announce that we are the official sponsor of AwesTRUCK, Canada’s LARGEST Food Truck Festival. The event will recognize the culinary creativity of Southern Ontario street food’s hottest talents, as well as play host to the largest food truck rally in Canadian history.

                                                                                                                                                                          Grab a car2go and drive on over. Drop it off at our car2go Drop Zone and we’ll park the car for you. We will also be giving out FREE entry to car2go members that come between 1pm – 2pm, so arrive early and be the first to try your favourite food truck eats!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. Cask Day tickets went on sale yesterday. From what I hear it is one of the best, if not the best, beer events in the city?


                                                                                                                                                                        October 19 and 20th at Evergreen Brick Works

                                                                                                                                                                        Around $30 for ticket/processing fee/tax.

                                                                                                                                                                        For those that have been before, any feedback? Tokens/tasting reasonably priced? I notice they have a "Brewer's Breakfast" listed but there is no price yet and it isn't on sale yet. Anyone been to that before? It is broken down into different timing slots, is the earliest one the best?

                                                                                                                                                                        Another thing I noticed is the "Save the cask" where you can buy any left over beer after 5pm for $5.00 (16oz) and there is no admission fee. Anyone been to that part of it before? That sounds interesting too.

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                          I went last year, but can only really comment on the food - a short list of vendors, but decent ones. One bit of advice though is to get the first session (sells out quickly). Even by the second session, some things were already done.

                                                                                                                                                                          details: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/10/29/ca...

                                                                                                                                                                          Dunno if it's just me, but I couldn't find details on food.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. John Placko is doing another popup liquid nitrogen dessert parlour in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sept 14 from 2 - 6, this time at Pillitteri Winery.

                                                                                                                                                                          I went to the previous pop-up, which was an ice cream parlour and it was a fun and inexpensive way to try liquid nitrogen ice cream, which beyond the gimmick really does makes the smoothest, delicious ice cream. I'm blanking at the moment, but I think it was $6 or $7 for ice cream and unlimited toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like a slightly different set up this time. Dessert choices will include:

                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen Pillitteri ice wine sorbet with Pillitteri ice
                                                                                                                                                                          wine shooter.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen dipped chocolate cheesecake nugget
                                                                                                                                                                          with Pillitteri ice wine pairing.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Deconstructed Niagara apple pie. With liquid nitrogen churned Pillitteri ice wine ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen dipped chocolate cheesecake nugget,
                                                                                                                                                                          chocolate soil, salted caramel chocolate tart with liquid
                                                                                                                                                                          nitrogen churned chocolate ice cream. Garnished with
                                                                                                                                                                          chocolate caviar.

                                                                                                                                                                          He posts details on the Modern Culinary Academy web site: http://www.modernca.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. A weekly food truck event in Ancasteron Tuesdays. It was so busy this last Tuesday, surprised. A bunch of trucks I hadn't seen before. Some were really slow with service taking 20 to 30 mins to prep an order. http://www.holyfoodtruck.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                            1. The Saturday and Sunday of Labour Day weekend there is an event happening at Vicki's Veggies in Prince Edward County (not far from Sandbanks Provincial Park area) - https://www.uniiverse.com/users/joel-...

                                                                                                                                                                              Heirloom tomatoes of all kinds, sampling, etc. There are some additional food activities too and you can pre-donate/buy a ticket for that aspect of it online. I went like 4 or 5 years ago just to check out the heirloom tomatoes and it was pretty awesome. It was what got me interested in gardening more and heirloom varieties.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Artscape Street Party tomorrow (Wednesday 28th). Not a huge "food" event but some food vendors including Barque, The Crest, etc:


                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like a fun event.

                                                                                                                                                                                $15 tickets + pay for food/drink

                                                                                                                                                                                1. In Oakville - September 15, 2013 2pm to 6pm

                                                                                                                                                                                  Where: Bronte SDA Church (2031 Bronte Rd. Oakville)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Free Vegan food sampling. Sample delicious smoothie drinks, breakfast ideas, entree’s, soups & stews, salads, nutritious dips & spreads and healthy raw desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I drove by the sign the other day, figured I would post it in case someone could use the info. Won't be able to go myself.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. September 6th-8th, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday - 4pm-9pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday - 12pm-9pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday 12pm-7pm

                                                                                                                                                                                    Harbourfront Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                    235 Queen's Quay West Toronto


                                                                                                                                                                                    It is during TIFF but I will try to make it out there on the Saturday or Sunday. I am not vegetarian but I usually come across some interesting products/spots when checking out this show. I recommend going. It does get pretty busy so the earlier the better if you don't like crowds.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. A couple of events tonight via BlogTo:

                                                                                                                                                                                      fART - Opening night tonight but exhibit continues on


                                                                                                                                                                                      Stupid name for a food related event.. Not very appetizing!

                                                                                                                                                                                      One Night in Cabbagetown
                                                                                                                                                                                      Some food sampling event thing going on tonight as intro to an art festival happening this weekend

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The next TUM is September 28th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning:


                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, September 28 – TUM will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary at the Evergreen Brick Works. There will be 2 TUM events available to come celebrate another successful year. Tickets for both events go on sale Friday September 6th:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Day TUM will take place from 12-4pm, be open to all ages and family-friendly. Day TUM tickets: $15 (plus HST) but kids 5 & under are FREE!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Night TUM will be from 5-10pm and open to guests who are 19+ (please be prepared to show ID). Night TUM tickets: $20 (plus HST).

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Here is a beer one that looks interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Event details:

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday September 15th at Brickworks. 12 to 4pm. Free admission but you can buy food and drink

                                                                                                                                                                                          Background info on Quebec beers coming to LCBO in September (reason for this particular event

                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny I was just in Montreal and picked up a few of the beers featured.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                            I just don't get it. Having a beer festival at place you have to drive to? This is very stupid. Haven't they ever heard of drinking and driving laws?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: evansl

                                                                                                                                                                                              You can walk, bike, take a free shuttle bus or take a TTC bus to the Brickworks you know

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. There's a garlic festival at the Brickworks on Sept 22: http://www.torontogarlicfestival.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Gluten Free Expo - September 14 and 15th - Metro Toronto Convention Centre - $12 to $15 for tickets


                                                                                                                                                                                              1. No really a food event but a huge event in the city and there are food trucks/food aspect:

                                                                                                                                                                                                October 5th, Nuit Blanche, starting around 7pm to sunrise:


                                                                                                                                                                                                Food details


                                                                                                                                                                                                1. This was mentioned briefly in another thread-

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Baking and Sweets show - September 27 to 29, 2013 - Toronto Congress Centre


                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Saw this posted on RFD...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Octoberfest at Shop at Don Mills -


                                                                                                                                                                                                    Come join us and sit under a giant tent with rows of picnic tables and enjoy traditional fare from Bier Markt and wash it all down with one of the beers on tap. Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Menu:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Pretzels | warm Bavarian pretzels and mustard | 2 for $5 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Festhalle Chicken | whole roasted & brined chicken, caraway sauerkraut, Dunkel sauce | $15 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Veal Wurst | Bavarian veal bratwurst, Weissbier sauerkraut, Emmental cheese, German mustard | $10 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Schweinsbraten Sandwich | slow roasted pork shoulder, Emmental cheese, sweet Black Forest slaw, pretzel hoagie | $10 taxes included

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Bier Selection:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paulaner, Erdinger and Hoftbrau | 18 oz $7 taxes included

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FREE Oktoberfest in the Square Live Music:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dance to live music throughout Oktoberfest in the Square hours!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Hours:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, September 19: 5pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday, September 20: 5pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, September 21: 1pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday, September 22: 1pm – 7pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Abbey's Kitchen Stadium - Round 3 - September 29, 2013 , 1pm to 4pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks like the most interesting line up yet...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Battle Three Chefs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station, Food Network's Top Chef Winner!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Sidhu (Playa Cabana)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thomas Davis (The Stockyards)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dustin Gallagher (Acadia, Food Network's Top Chef Competitor)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Battle Three Judges:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vikram Vij (Celebrity Restauranteur)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alex Lifeson (Rush Guitarist & Rock Hall of Famer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liem Vu (Host for Global TV's The Morning Show)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dee Brun (Cocktail Deeva, Stephen and Chris Show)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Susan Merry (Owner, All the Best Fine Foods)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have never been to any of the Abbey's kitchen stadiums or TUM...I was wondering if you had been and which you would recommend?

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: akhorasanee

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm... TUM is a much busier event, some people will prefer the "vibe" there. However, there is no entertainment at all except a DJ (I don't even recall if there is always a DJ). If you are going with a group of friends and just want to socialize that might be the best option. I haven't been to TUM during any of the day events (They did a day event one time before) so I am not sure how it compares to the night time one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          AKS was fun the times I went and it is cheaper to get in but they only have usually 4 or 5 vendors max so even if they each have more than one item you are probably looking at 10 different total items max..

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although I have enjoyed TUM, I don't really see a justification of the 20+ fee to get in (adding in taxes, service fees, etc you are probably at $25). I am not sure how they will handle having both a day time round and a night time one. Hopefully the companies will have adequate product for the evening too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks for the heads up ylsf. sounds like a fun idea. i've always been a fan of iron chef/chopped type competitions. will buy a pair and see how it is!

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Never heard of this one, and not sure if it is worth a special trip out to it (down at Sugar Beach) but if you are in the area, it is supporting a good cause at least:


                                                                                                                                                                                                        September 21 and 22nd

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This one looks like fun. A park crawl with food, activities and entertainment at 4 different parks. Sunday September 29th.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Saw this posted on RFD...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The "I" is from the OP, and not me :) The guy is donating the rental of the venue as his wedding did not go through but he had paid for the space already..

                                                                                                                                                                                                            October 5, 2013 - All you can eat wings


                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm hosting an all you can eat wing festival on October 5th to support the MS Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                            100% of the proceeds will be going directly to client services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 vendors will be bringing 1400 pounds of the best wings around trying to win your vote!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was supposed to be my wedding but since I'm no longer engaged and I already paid for the venue I donated it to this event for the MS Society!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Come out and help Vote For And Crown The Wing King

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tickets and Admissions are limited so dont wait till its too late

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Buy your tickets on line here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For More information go here:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            come have a rocking good time
                                                                                                                                                                                                            CFL Players will be coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                            we have a great band! Fire When Ready!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and its being hosted by Fresh FM's Own Andrew G.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and yes we will have Beer & Wine, what good are wings without beer?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need group of tickets or are wanting to pay cheque or cash let me know and I'll try and help you out!


                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Toronto Bourbon Week - Various events/activities

                                                                                                                                                                                                              September 27 to October 3, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This weekend - September 21 and 22, 2013:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                This looks interesting, would have gone if I didn't have plans already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went last year as a guest and it was lots of fun to leisurely wander around. It's a really lovely way to spend the weekend and Stratford is actually not too far away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. A card for this event was put on my car at TUM, figured I would pass it on, but I don't really know anything about it except what is on the website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair:


                                                                                                                                                                                                                  December 1, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wychwood Barns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $35 admission ($30 before November 1st):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Complimentary sampling galore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A chance to meet the artisans, brewmasters, and chefs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • $10 in coupons to purchase your favourite discoveries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • An eco-friendly cotton shopping bag with a bamboo plate and fork

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Eat to the Beat - 60 Female Chefs, One Worthy Cause...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday, October 22, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto (St. Andrew subway station)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    General Admission Ticket: $175.00 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount – typically $50)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Gourmet Food and Wine Expo - November 14 to 17, 2013


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't been in ages, not sure if it is any better now than before...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Delicious - http://www.deliciousfoodshow.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        October 25 to 27, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Includes Martha Stewart, David Rocco and Chuch Hughes (and, Nadia G... but, that might be a reason NOT to go).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I went when they did this two years ago and it was pretty decent. They have some good speakers and a bunch of food related demos/work shops. They didn't do it last year so curious how it will be this year. I have seem some ticket deals on group buy websites so keep an eye out for those if you are interested in going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Another free Victorinox seminar series tonight:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanksgiving, Beyond The Basics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From creative menu suggestions to carving demonstrations and tips, learn from Chef Robert Mills of Thompson Toronto. Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space. *Registration required as space is limited. Victorinox Swiss Army, 95 Bloor Street West, Lower Level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not really any more details, but here's the link:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the heads up. I have gone to two of these (found out via your Blog initially) and they have been quiet good so far. Going to miss this one but definitely would go if I was in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, they're nothing complicated, and it's a nice kind of demo if you want ideas and whatnot. Also good for the extra 20% off if you're in the market for some knives!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fermenting Cellar - Distillery District
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $56.50 including taxes


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Michael Wilson | Luma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Charlotte Langley | Catch Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Stuart Cameron | Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Leanne English | Sodexo Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Doug Neigel | Trattoria Mercatto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Koichi Fujioka | Hapa Izakaya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Maxine Knight | The Healthy Butcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Sonia Potichnyj | John & Sons Oyster House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Travis Cropley | Pure Spirits Oyster House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Felipe Faccioli | Fishbar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Siobhan Dolan | The Sweet Potato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Thomas Heitz | Port
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Joshua Dyer | EPIC, Fairmont Royal York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Ibrahim Tams, Earls Kitchen and Bar King Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beer pairings coming soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. I did this demo earlier in the summer. Not really for those who're already comfortable in the kitchen, but it's nice to see if you or someone you know is taking those baby steps. My niece enjoyed it a lot. And well, 20% off if you want knives isn't so bad either, especially when it's for free!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorinox Swiss Army’s popular KNIFE SKILLS cutlery seminar is returning on Monday, October 21st from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join us for a complimentary lesson in knife care, use and selection with Chef Hemant Kanchan of George Brown Chef School. Beef tartar is on the menu and cutlery is 20% off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space. Further details are below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, October 21, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street West, Lower Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Registration required as space is limited for this complimentary seminar)


                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. cask days at the Brickworks October 19-20. Lots of yummy beer.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone been before to the Chocolate Show? Trying to see if it is worth going (more the "Worth" of my time vs. the discounted price).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Anyone going to the Gourmet Food/Wine Expo this weekend? I haven't been in ages but curious to see if it has changed since the last time I went (hopefully for the better!). Will be there Thursday night in case any other CHers are there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Charlie's Burgers (Sunday, November 17)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SNACK TIME ($7 each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried lobster and chanterelles gougères Cured foie gras and pepper jelly sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baccala, fresh white truffle, polenta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pickled chanterelles, feta, quince, lavash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smoked new potato skins, sea urchin, crème fraîche, scallions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sichuan sweetbread nuggets, honey dipping sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken heart karaage, Thai vinaigrette, fresh herbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wine by the glass & Beer: $6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7p to late. Cash only. Bug them for details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Uhhnngh... chicken heart karaage!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Another Victorinox Swiss Army North America free demo! This time with Cheese Boutique's Afrim Pristine to lead things. From the presser:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Cheese 101 cutlery seminar. Bringing his favourite varieties of Swiss and Canadian cheeses plus other tasty offerings to sample, Afrim will also review the best tools to use and provide tips for entertaining, just in time for the holidays."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, December 2nd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street West, Lower Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RSVP 416-929-9889 // Registration required

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Kristlemas Market at Stratus is on Dec. 15. Lots of food trucks and other food vendors, local artisans, Oast House beer and Stratus wine. I love these quarterly markets at Stratus.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. There is a "Spring Boarding your Food Business" event on December 10, 2013 at The Chef's House - 8 am to 9:45am . Free breakfast. You can still rsvp


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Found out about it on RFD thread here: