From Foodies to Food Trucks – 5 Upcoming Food Events in the City!

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worldwide vegan bake sale

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 (we hear there will be marble cupcakes, macaroons, donuts and much more!) and for the collection of vegetarian cookbooks for sale and on loan from the resource library!

*PLUS!*  Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale – Toronto (The CookBook Store), April 27, 2pm-4pm.  850 Yonge Street.

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gluten free garage

Gluten Free Garage: The Sequel, April 28.  10am-4pm.  Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie Street (covered street barn).  $10 for adults, children 12 and under FREE (proceeds go to the Canadian Celiac Association); cost of food and merchandise on-site.  The Gluten Free Garage is back for its sophomore year!  With food and vendors galore in support of celiac disease research and initiatives, the Gluten Free Garage is a market event featuring bakeries, food services, and restaurants; samples from merchants and vendors; health and lifestyle information, resources, and support about gluten-intolerance and gluten-free living; guest speakers and health experts; coupons and more!

depanneur supper club

Craft Beer Tasting Menu with Kendra Simmonds: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, April 28.  7:30pm; 8pm dinner.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Calling all beer lovers!  This fantastic tasting menu incorporates both locally brewed craft beers and savoury eats for a mouthwatering experience, fusing different flavours and ingredients to create new and interesting tastes and dishes.

Menu includes beer bread crostini with beer-infused cheddar sauce; a deconstructed beer salad incorporating malt, barley, wheat grass and more; pork and beer two ways!  Beer-brined pork loin in a beer reduction, and beer-glazed pork belly, both served with fresh spring market vegetables; and to end the meal, a sweet taste of beer-battered crepes!

food truck festival

Better Living Food Truck Festival, May 3.  3pm-7pm.  1 Overland Drive by Shops at Don Mills just off of Don Mills and Lawrence.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  Presented by Better Living Health & Community Services, come on out and take part in the food truck craze that has taken the city, province and nation by storm!  Enjoy some of the city’s most popular and beloved food trucks at this event including Smoke’s Poutinerie, Stuft Gourmet Sausages, The Feisty Jack, and drinks at the Bier Markt!

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Toronto Underground Market at Evergreen Brick Works, May 4.  5pm-10pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $22.60 + $2.50 service charge for general admission + cost of food and drink on-site at the event.  19+ only.  The Toronto Underground Market is special, monthly event that aims to bring our community together via food pathways by uncovering and illuminating hidden culinary talent within our city.  TUM offers food entrepreneurs and budding chefs a platform to share their food and stories, as well as an avenue to promote local food and businesses.  The market is social in nature, where food is eaten and consumed in a communal setting and where guests are encouraged to eat, talk, and mingle with chefs and other dinner guests.

The Gluten Free, the Mexican & Latin Amercian, and the Gourmet Food & Wine – A Look at November Food Events!

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It’s the day after Halloween, the day when candy and chocolate go on sale for 50-75% off and when the ghoulish and spooky make way for the wintery and sparkly!  It’s the first day of November and we’re ready to kick the month off with a fresh new Food Calendar full of gourmet food events, wine, markets, sweets, and more!  There’s a little something for everyone this month and I’m pretty excited about a number of things happening in the city!  I know I won’t be able to make it to everything I want to go to (never have, never will – it’s something I’ve begrudgingly accepted), but I hope that all of you will get the chance to enjoy some of these events.

Okay, first off, gourmet food!  And wine!  Lots and lots of wine!  This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Novemeber 2nd – 11th, and there is so much great food stuff to enjoy and check out!  There’s the ever-popular butter sculptures (sculpted by numerous artists and art students in the city), jams and cheeses competition, giant vegetable judging, Food Network chefs and personalities hosting chef challenge competitions, wine and mixology, and the Harvest Market which will feature a fusion of British and Canadian food including British baked goods, Canadian maple syrup, and plenty of spices, fruits and vegetables, jams, jellies, cured meats, cheeses, pickles, sauces, and more!

And if you want to splurge and dine in style, the winter fair will have a number of restaurants featuring luxurious menus bursting with seasonal food such as roasted butternut squash bisque, Nova Scotian clam chowder, shepherd’s pie, heirloom beet and caprese salad, poached lobster and pumpkin, honey infused panna cotta, harvest platters of meat, cheese, and nibbles, and so much more.  This is going to be one heck of fabulous winter fair and I hope I’ll be able to at least go to the Harvest Market because aside from the mouthwatering menus, that is right up my alley!  And would I ever love to see those butter sculptures!  I’ve only ever been to the winter fair once in my life and that was during 2nd grade on a field trip and I still remember coming back with a cute little blue cow eraser that looked exactly like the one on the 100% Canadian Milk logo!  I would love to go to the fair again just because I feel like I was much too young to appreciate anything when I went and it would be so nice to go back now as an adult.

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo returns for another year from November 15th to the 18th where everyone can pair and sample to their heart’s content, and this Saturday, downtown Yonge and Yonge-Dundas will be transformed into a twinkling, dazzling show of lights, food, and plenty of wine and drinks!  Ice, Wine, and Dine (November 3rd from 4pm-10pm) is part of the broader Winter Magic festival in the city and the whole festival just sounds adorable and I know many people who would love to go to something like this.  The whole Elm Street will be devoted to the Ice, Wine, and Dine festival making it one very hot bed of activity for the night!  There will be martini and drink lounges dotting the street serving drinks with adorable winter and/or event-related names such as Winter Magic, Elmtini,Yongetini, and Icewine martini.

The other kicker to this wine and dine event?  Restaurants around the area will be taking part and offering special promotions, tasting plates, and more during the event!  Places like Commensal, the Queen and Beaver, Sushi Queen Izakaya, the Wolf & Firkin Pub and more are all part of this tasting event so leave plenty of room in your tummy because there will be plenty of food and drink to enjoy!  You can check out the participating restaurants and their festival promotions on the Ice, Wine, & Dine site at http://www.wintermagic.ca/icewinedine

And if the gourmet food and wine scene isn’t your cup of tea, there are lots of other wonderful events to check out.  I am super excited about this Saturday’s Día de los Muertos at Evergreen Brick Works.  I can just imagine how delicious and fun it’s going to be!  Mexcian and Latin American food and vendors at the Saturday morning farmers market, a tamales competition, and tasting plates for judging!

And since we’re on the topic of markets, Wychwood Barns will be the site of Toronto’s first ever Gluten Free Garage pop-up market on November 11th!  It’ll be a whole marketplace solely devoted to gluten-free living, nutrition, and food and I know this event will make many people very happy.  Even though I don’t have celiac disease and I’m not gluten-intolerant, I do have friends who are and I myself have plenty of food allergies that prohibit me from eating things so I can only imagine gluten-intolerance being a hundred times more painful at its worst and uncomfortable at best.  Many bakeries and eateries are increasingly adding and creating menu items that are gluten-free to their menus and selection of goods (like Yorkville Espresso Bar’s growing selection of gluten-free muffins!) and it’s great seeing it become more mainstream to accommodate those who need (or just want) to nosh gluten free.

Finally, the month of November rounds out with a Burger Ball fundraiser to celebrate the passion for burgers in support of local food banks, and cooking classes that will get you into the holiday spirit (I’ve been looking forward to the holiday and Christmas for over a month so I’m good to go!).  We’ll see the month start off with the tail-end of the Toronto Chocolate Festival (don’t forget the Luxury Chocolate Show this Sunday at Roy Thomson Hall!) and end with the start of the Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery District!  It’s going to be great so eat well and enjoy, folks!  Check out the Food Calendar, Cooking Classes & Workshops, and all the food listings for the goods happening in November!