Hot Food Off the Press – June Food Calendar, Part I!

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I’m only about half finished the June Food Calendar (this week has left me so beat that this was all I could muster!) but I wanted to post as much as I could for you guys today so expect the full calendar over the weekend.

Food Festivals & Events

The GridTO Burger Week, May 29 – June 1.  All across the city at different restaurants, burger joints, bistros and more!  $5 for all Burger Week burger specials.  Calling all burger lovers!  Whether it’s good old fashioned beef, chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, veggie tofu or bison, this week is what burger dreams are made of!  64 participating locations in the city including The Good Fork, Hey Meatball, The Gladstone Hotel, The Emerson and The Stockyards among many others will be dishing out one-time only special burgers on their menu for $5 during Burger Week!  Enjoy all sorts of different burgers with smoked sauces, cheese, salsas, mayos and so much more.

In addition, E11even and Frank are both offering special “Black Tie” burgers ($13 and $17 respectively) where $5 from each Black Tie burger will go towards The Stop Community Food Centre.

Cones for the Community, June 1.  12pm-5pm.  At 74 participating Baskin-Robbins locations!  Click website below for locations and details.  $0.31 scoops (limit 3 per customer).  Baskin-Robbins is back with their annual Cones for the Community event where line-ups around the block come as no surprise!  As part of a month-long program in support of SickKids Foundation and The Hospital for Sick Children, Baskin-Robbins locations will be collecting in-store donations all month long.  This event is meant to promote the cause and give thanks back to the folks and communities who have made it possible for Baskin-Robbins to continue their fundraising and support.


Eats & Beats in Riverside, June 1.  1pm-6pm.  In the Riverside District neighbourhood on Queen Street East from the Don Valley Parkway bridge (Queen-Broadview Village) to just past Degrassi Street.  FREE; cost of food on-site in shops and vendors.  Come celebrate the beautiful, cultural dynamo that is Riverside District at Eats & Beats!  Riverside is a foodie district in its own right so for this special event, food shops and vendors will be opening their doors with special tasting places and food for the event and live music and entertainment will be filtering through the streets for one fun and delicious afternoon!

Toronto Veggie Pride Parade, June 1.  12pm-4pm.  Parade starts by the Toronto Reference Library on Yonge Street and will end at Trinity Square at Queen West.  FREE.  Come show your veggie pride at the 4th annual parade!  Entertainment, fun shows and acts will descend upon the city with fabulous vegan food at the afterparty afterward!


Savour Toronto Kensington Krawl, June 2.  11:30am-2:30pm.  Near Bellevue Square Park in Kensington Market (exact location will be sent upon registration via e-mail).  $40 per person (capacity for the tour is 12 people).  As a lover of Kensington Market, I can’t tell you how warm and fuzzy this tour makes me!  Explore and learn about the culture and history of this eclectic neighbourhood and eat through 6 mouthwatering food spots!

The GridTO Burger Day, June 2.  11am-5:30pm.  76 Wychwood Ave. at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $30 for all-you-can-eat sliders.  If you thought Burger Week was awesome, try the finale: all Burger Week restaurant participants will be joining forces at Wychwood Barns for an all-you-can-eat, gut-busting, droolworthy slider extravaganza!  All Burger Week burgers will be transformed into oh-so-cute and oh-so-tasty sliders at the event for everyone to nosh on to celebrate the end to a burger-iffic week.

Kasmiri Delicacies by Dimple Monga: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, May 11.  7:30pm. 1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Sharing food, stories and recipes from generation to generation is one of the cornerstones of building familial and community relationships with food and at this supper club, Dimple Monga shares some her most beloved dishes and Kashmiri and Punjabi recipes.  Learn about the use of yogurt to make curries and marinades, the communal atmosphere and characteristic of food, and the vibrant platters of food presentation.  Enjoy chicken with yogurt and saffron and mint sauce, chicken kebabs, Kashmiri cottage cheese, rice pudding and so much more.


Artisinal Food Market, June 8 & 9.  12pm-8pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  World Café at the Harbourfront Centre at 235 Queens Quay West.  FREE; cost of food on-site.  Harbourfront introduces a brand new food event to its summer line-up this year!  Enjoy this weekend market festival focusing on local food and local food producers.  See what’s new, taste fresh food, and get to know independent, local food businesses!

Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival, June 8 & 9.  10am-8pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.  918 Bathurst Street.  FREE; cost of food on-site.  The Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival is back for another year!  You don’t have to be vegan or lead a raw lifestyle to enjoy festivities – come shop for eco-friendly, cruelty-free products, attend some workshops and food demos, enjoy plenty of samples and food from vendors (food trucks, coconuts and chocolate?!), get to know local vegan and raw chefs and learn more about vegan and raw lifestyles and food diets!

Toronto Taste at the Royal Ontario Museum, June 9.  6:30pm-10pm.  100 Queens Park at the Royal Ontario Museum at Queens Park and Bloor Street West.  MUST be 19+ to attend.  $250 ($125 tax deductible) general admission/person, $225 corporate rate/person with a minimum purchase of 10 tickets ($100 tax deductible).

Presented by Second Harvest Toronto, Toronto Taste is an annual culinary event showcasing the city’s top restaurants and beverage connoisseurs from across the province (oh, there will be wine and lots of it!), all dedicated to providing Second Harvest with funds to continue its mission on developing programs that target hunger relief, helping families in need and rescuing food to feed hungry stomachs.  This year, the event will be co-hosted by Second Harvest ambassador and our very own Canadian Bob Blumer, and celebrity chef, recording artist and restauranteur Roger Mooking!

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Market 707 & Foodies on Foot – Flavours of the City: Fish Fry-Day!, June 14.  5pm-9pm.  707 Dundas Street West by Bathurst Street.  FREE; cost of food and drink on-site.  Love fish?  Go fishing in more ways than one at this yummy food event devoted to fish!  The Scadding Court Community Centre will be turning their indoor swimming pool into a makeshift fishing pond (no joke!), plenty of fresh fish vendors and food trucks will be on-site serving up one big fish-fry (and there will non-fish for those who aren’t into aquatic cuisine), 5 new pop-up shops debut for the month of June, info on sustainable seafood from Oceanwise, and so much more!  Foodies on Foot will be partnering with Market 707 for this summer foodie event, bringing some great fish vendors and restaurants to the scene.

Blues & Brews, June 15.  7pm-11pm.  601 Christie Street at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  $20 for advanced tickets, $33 for advanced package tickets (available until June 10; includes Caplansky’s sandwich, sides, beer sampling), $25 tickets at the door on the day of.  Music and food come together for one harmonious night at Wychwood Barns.  Enjoy live blues music by Toronto artists Terra Hazelton and Julian Fauth and nosh the night away on Caplansky’s famous deli sandwiches and beer from Toronto’s Amsterdam Brewery.


Edible Evergreen Tour, June 22.  10am-12pm.  550 Bayview Ave at Evergreen Brick Works.  FREE.  Join the Evergreen team for a food-themed tour exploring the many programs and initiatives that support farmers and local food producers, urban farming and ecosystems, food sustainability and healthy living and eating.  The tour will explore the gardens, the market and more!

501 Streetcar Food Tour: Presented by Foodies on Foot, June 29.  11am-3:30pm.  1730 Queen Street West starting location (by the intersection of Roncesvalles and Queen Street West).  $65-$76 +HST based on whether or not participants need a TTC day pass.  See the city from east to west or west to east in one delicious swoop!  As one of Foodies on Foot’s most popular food tours, the 501 Streetcar Food Tour takes you on a culinary journey along one of the longest continuous transit surface routes in the world.  6 neighbourhoods (Parkdale!  Leslieville!  And more!) with 6 food spots – ding!  Get ready to hop on and off and eat your heart out.

Oh Canada Eh!  Food Tour: Presented by Foodies on Foot, June 30.  11am-3pm.  75 Portland Street starting point by King Street West.  $65-$76 +HST based on whether or not participants need a TTC day pass.  Oh, we love our poutine, but as Canadians we know we’re soooo much more than that culinary-wise.  Let Foodies on Foot show you some of the city’s local and true North Canadian gems at this food tour devoted to Canadian cuisine and food.  Whether it’s locally grown and produced, or culturally unique, this tour will stop at 5 to 7 food shops where you’ll sample yummy food that leave you singing O Canada by the end of the tour!

Hot Town, Summer in the City! June Outdoor Food Fests, Markets, a Quesadilla Cafe, and Chic Patio Dining

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Enjoy these at the *NEW* Maizal Quesadilla Cafe!

Happy first day of June, everyone!  It’s been one crazy month of May with the return of many farmers’ markets, Mothers’ Day events, and spring time festivals, and the fun doesn’t stop here.  June marks the start of the summer season and we know what that means: cocktails and patio dining, ice cream and frozen desserts, firing up the grill (unless you grill all year round and if that’s the case, this is just old hat), and plenty of outdoor food celebrations!  June will be such an exciting month, so here’s a snapshot of some of delicious things we can expect in the next several weeks!

Gabriela of Chocosol’s Tortilla Project will be setting up shop in Liberty Village next week!  She’ll be opening up her very own corn tortilla and quesdilla cafe, Maizal Quesadilla Cafe, on Tuesday, June 5 at 11am at 133 Jefferson Street and really, with the weather heating up and the need for light meals on the rise, this couldn’t have come at a better time.  I am SO excited about this!  Gabriela has been working her tail off at the Toronto Lunchtime Office Markets, providing the most amazing corn tortillas and vegetarian quesadillas, and I cannot wait to see what the cafe looks like and to sink my teeth into some great food, hot off the grill!

Brownies at Leslieville…

…and a rainbow of tiny peppers at Liberty Village!

And speaking of markets, the first two weeks of June will be exploding with returning (and new!) farmers’ markets all across the city!  The market in the Junction (at Pacific Ave. and Dundas Street West) will be making its first appearance on the circuit tomorrow from 8:30am-12:30pm, the Yonge-Eglinton market will be relocating and starting its summer 2012 season in Mount Pleasant Village at the corner of Mount Pleasant Rd. and Davisville in June Rowlands Park on Tuesday the 5th from 3pm-7pm, and both Leslieville and Liberty Village will be busting out the market goodies this Sunday from 9am-2pm!  No matter where you are in the city, there’s a market either starting, returning, or happily humming along.  Be sure to check out the June Market page in the Food Calendar for the full list details.

June is also the month I like to refer to as “the outdoor food festival gut-buster”.  I think we could feasibly find a food festival to attend every single weekend for the entire month!  We have Luminato’s 1000 Tastes of Toronto (taking place at the Distillery District this year), Toronto’s Raw & Vegan Festival, Bikes, BBQ, and Beer at Evergreen Brick Works, Taste of Asia, Francolicous at the Harbourfront Centre (as well as the return of Harbourfront Centre’s World Cafe and summer food events) and – wait for this – The Stop Night Market!!!

Sliders at last year’s 1000 Tastes of Toronto!

Oh my goodness, for those of you who LOVE, and I mean LOVE, street fests and partying into the wee hours with cocktails, drinks, and amazing food, THIS is right up your alley!  Inspiried by night markets around the world, in Asia in particular, The Stop Community Food Centre will be hosting an electric night of food, culture, and entertainment in the lit-up alleyway by one of the city’s most iconic spaces, Honest Ed’s!  Not to discount any of the other food events, but I think this event is going to be a really big hit just because of the nature of the event itself.  So many foodies in the city are craving things like food trucks and more street food and for Toronto, as a city, to (as cheesy as it sounds) get with the program.  Hopefully this event will be a fantastic one (much like the Taste of Danforth) and be a catalyst for more things to come.

A sneak peek at the upcoming patio dining series!

And we can’t forget about the ice cream, frozen desserts, and patio dining!  I’m hoping to get the ball rolling on the upcoming summer patio dining series to showcase some of the oh-so-chic hot spots around town and to also add a little fire and ice to our collection of summer dessert posts.  Just last week I flagged down my very first ice cream truck by my house!  I was SO incredibly happy and excited!  In all my years on this earth, I’ve never been able to catch an ice cream truck in my neighbourhood but I was either lounging around in my pajamas or just realized it too late.  This time, however, I was already out on my driveway, I heard the infamous ding-a-ling music of an oncoming ice cream, and pounced!  I happily ordered myself a vanilla and chocolate swirled soft serve cone and savoured it out on my front lawn.  It was GREAT.  I didn’t have any hands to take any photos though so I’ll just have to snag another truck downtown, just for kicks. 

Sprimkles, sprinkles, sprinkles!

It’s going to be a great start to the summer and I hope you all find something (oh, what the heck, MULTIPLE somethings!) to look forward to and enjoy this month!  Eat well and be happy, everyone!


View Ate by Ate’s June Food Calendar.