National Grilled Cheese Month, Dubon Chicken, Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale & a Cookbook Store Anniversary! The April Food Calendar!

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April is National Grilled Cheese Month!

April 2013 Food Calendar

Still in the works, but there’s plenty here to keep us occupied for the time being!  I’ll be adding all the events from The Depanneur and lots more but I have a lot of BIG ones here that I’ve compiled.  April brings us the Dubon Chicken pop-up (make your reservation ASAP, the tickets are being snatched up FAST!), National Grilled Cheese Month, the Good Food & Drink Festival, the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, and the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Cookbook Store among many others!

Food Festivals and Events

Sugarbush Maple Syrup Festival, March 2 – April 7.  All day, every day.  2 locations: Bruce’s Mills Conservation Area (3291 Stouffville Road in Stouffville) and Kortright Centre for Conservation (9550 Pine Valley Drive in Woodbridge).  $10 for adults, $6.50 for children and seniors, and students, children 4 and under with family are FREE.  Prices include HST.  Welcome the spring season with a month-long maple syrup festival!  Engage in syrup tastings, demos, pancakes, a maple syrup dinner, learn about the history of maple syrup, get maple syrup recipes and so much more!  Click the link the schedule of events and more info.


Hands Across the Nations (HATN) 10th Annual Wine & Gourmet Evening, April 5.  6:30pm.  2-35 Carl Hall Road at the Warehouse Event Venue at Downsview Park.  $100 +HST/person.  This culinary extravaganza full of gourmet food and wine made by chefs from The Escoffier Society (the Toronto arm of the Canadian Culinary Federation) benefits projects in Bolivia and Mali led by Hands Across the Nations, a charitable organization dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of those in the developing world.

The Good Food & Drink Festival, April 5 – 7.  12pm-9pm on Friday, 10am-9pm on Saturday, and 10am-6pm on Sunday.  100 Princes’ Boulevard at the Direct Energy Centre.   Adults: $11 online ($14 at the door), seniors: $11 (online & at door), kids (12 and under): FREE accompanied by an adult.  There’s no better way to celebrate the spring season than with delicious food, wine, spirits, and more!  The show returns to Toronto at the Direct Energy Centre; see Anna Olson, James Cunningham of Eat St. and more; check out Eat St. food trucks, Dairy Farmers of Canada, gourmet grilled cheese contest, Food Network Canada cooking stage, shopping, and samples and tastings galore!

30th Anniversary Open House: The Cookbook Store, April 6.  11am-4pm.  850 Yorkville Ave. at the corner of Yorkville Ave. and Yonge Street.  FREE.  Blow out the candles and break out the noisemakers: Toronto’s very own Cookbook Store celebrates their milestone 30th (yes, the iconic, beloved shop home to foodies, cooks, and more has been around since 1983; can you believe?!) with lots of cake and a special appearance by James Cunningham, host of the wildly popular Eat St. on Food Network!  He’ll be in town and the store promoting Eat St., the book, so grab some goodies, grab the new book, and meet the iconic Food Network star while reminiscing about your memories and favourite Cookbook Store moments over the years.


5th Annual Vegan Rock!  Presented by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, April 6.  8pm.  292 Brunswick Avenue (between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St. off of Bloor St. West) at the Tranzac Club.  $12 admission/person.  Enjoy great live music by some of the city’s local vegan bands and musicians and gobble down delicious vegan food and treats while you rock the night away.  And don’t forget the raffle chock full of prizes provided the event’s sponsors!

Flemingdon Park Food and Fun Fair, April 6.  11am-4pm.  123 Wynford Drive at Noor Cultural Centre, Main Auditorium.  FREE.  Food, health and well-being come together at this food and health fair dedicated to providing plenty of helpful information and tools for those wishing to improve their overall health.  Find out of about classes, workshops, and more in the community, and sample free food, take home recipes, and leave the fair with a wealth of fun and useful tools and information!

Dubon Chicken Pop-Up Toronto, April 8 – 10.  5:30pm-10pm.  35 Baldwin Street at Elle M’a Dit Restaurant.  Cost of food at restaurant event ($13 for regular wings, $22 for large).  RSERVATIONS REQUIRED (reserve online).  Calling all chicken wing, hot and spicy, crispy crunchy, finger food-loving food lovers!  Korean fried chicken pop-up Dubon Chicken is making its way to Toronto and it has already garnered much attention with reservations flying off the hook.  Ditch the goopy sauce and bland veggie sticks and opt for enjoy double-fried Asian-flair chicken wings, Dubon-style, with mooli mooli (pickled raidsh) and Asian slaw in flavours such as Soy Garlic and Fiery Pepper!

Dubon Wings 1B

Source: Dubon Chicken

Craft Your Senses: A Beer Tasting Event, April 11.  7pm-11pm.  3030 Dundas Street West.  $15 general admission (drink tickets to be purchase on-site); $25 VIP admission (swag bag and 5 drink tickets).  Drink tickets come in packages: 5 tickets for $12, 10 tickets for $20.  MUST be 19+ to attend.

Let your 5 senses do the talking at this special evening dedicated to local Ontario craft beer!  Learn the ins and outs of savouring craft beer, distinguish between different types as you taste, and more!  This is a student-run, fundraising initiative planned by fifteen students in the post-graduate Event Management program at The Humber Business School in support of the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) and Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (ITAL) scholarships.

Food Bloggers of Canada 2013 Conference, April 12 – 14.  Hockey Valley Resort (793522 Mono 3rd Line, R.R. #1, Orangeville, ON).  Tickets for the 3-day conference are $699 for double-occupancy (tickets are 98% sold out, so there’s still a little wiggle room!).  It’s the first of its kind!  FBC hosts its first ever conference at the beautiful Hockley Valley Resort known for its local food-centric approach, the conference will boast numerous speakers, workshops, seminars, and fantastic food experiences.  This conference stems from one commonality: our unique Canadian perspective on food, blogging, storytelling, and more and we are here to celebrate this amazing country of food in all its glory by bringing together food bloggers of all kinds to learn and gain knowledge from one another, to discuss how food blogging has impacted our passion for food and our lives, and most importantly, to have fun!


Green Living Show, April 12 – 14.  10am-9pm on Friday and Saturday, 10am-6pm on Sunday.  100 Princes’ Boulevard at the Direct Energy Centre.  Adults: $16; seniors and students: $12; children 12 and under: FREE.  Celebrate all things organic, fair-trade and sustainable at the Green Living Show!  In addition to green living, beauty, and more, there will be plenty of food at the show.  Enjoy the Ontario Culinary Adventure pavilion, a farmers’ market and farm fresh food and samples.  Food and workshop vendors include Ace Bakery, LPK’s Culinary Groove, the Culinarium, Ananda Chocolate, Earth Balance, Whole Foods, Taste of Nature, Toronto Vegetarian Association and so much more!

Toronto Indie Arts Market, April 13.  10:30am-4:30pm.  1214 Queen Street West at the Gladstone Hotel.  $5/person (children 12 and under are FREE).  Enjoy of arts, food, shopping, and more at the Toronto Indie Arts Market benefiting FoodShare!  $2 out of every $5 will be donated to FoodShare, so come on out and savour homemade, one-of-a-kind food goodies from Cookie Martinez, Alchemy Pickle Company, Kensington Brewing Company, tons of giftware, fashion, beauty, art and so much more!


Worldwide Vegan Bale Sale – Durham Region (DurhamVeg), April 21.  10am-4pm.  1505 Wentworth Street at Durham Humane Society in Whitby.  FREE; cost of food for donation on-site.  The Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale takes the world by storm again this year and Durham region hosts its first vegan bake sale for the event this year!  Participants of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale promote delicious, cruelty-free food while raising money for the community cause.  Durham supports the Toronto Vegetarian Association and the Durham Humane Society.

Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Toronto (TVA), April 27.  1pm-4pm.  17 Baldwin Street (2nd floor) at the Toronto Vegetarian Association, Vegetarian Resource Centre.  FREE; cost of food for donation on-site.  Participants of the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale promote delicious, cruelty-free food while raising money for the community cause.  Come by for vegan baked goods and for the collection of vegetarian cookbooks for sale and on loan from the resource library!

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