M is March, Maple Syrup, and Macaron Day TO! The Sweet & Fabulous March Food Calendar!

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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.  http://maplesyrupfest.com/

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Roland & Russell Brewers Launch Party, March 3.  8:30pm-11:30pm.  36 Harbord Street at the Wolfond Centre.  $35 for pre-booked, early bird tickets; $50 at the door.  Payment can be made directly through Paypal on the event website or by calling 905-738-3339.  Enjoy an evening of beer tasting, food, and music at this exclusive event benefiting the United Chesed, an organization in the Jewish community that supports low-income persons and families in the GTA with financial support and assistance.  Join beer expert, Ben Shillow, for a tasting of 3 craft draughts brand new to Canada by R&R Brewery including He’brew Jewbelation, Southern Tier IPA and Bush Pilot Stormy Monday, plus Mackmyra First Edition, single malt whiskey!  http://www.unitedchesed.com/events.html

Senior’s Community Kitchen at Evergreen Brick Works, March 5.  11am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE (please inquire about transportation arrangements if necessary by calling 416-596-1495 x340 or by e-mailing sforfar@evergreen.ca).  Senior’s Community Kitchen is just one of the many monthly senior’s activities offered by Evergreen Brick Works to provide senior’s and elders with an opportunity to socialize and mingle with others, to share skills and knowledge, to learn about healthy food choices and options, and to have fun preparing nutritious meals.   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/seniors-in-action#kitchen

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 6.  7pm.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

Kitchen Sisters 2013 – A Benefit for Sistering, March 8.  6pm reception, 7pm dinner.  85 Hanna Avenue at Mildred’s Temple Kitchen.  $500 ticket/person ($350 tax receipt issued).  Celebrate International Women’s Day in the company of some of the city’s most exceptional and admired women chefs in the industry!  The night, in support of Sistering, an organization that provides assistance to homeless, underhoused, at-risk, and low-income women in the Toronto community, will include a cocktail reception, 4-course dinner, wine pairings, door prizes and more.  http://sistering.org/events/kitchensisters.php

California Crusin’ Wine Tasting by the iYellow Wine Club, March 9.  7pm-10pm.  69 Bathurst Street at The Hoxton.  $55/person; to purchase tickets, visit the website.  Forget spring break in Florida; California taste and sunshine come to Toronto with this exclusive wine tasting event presented by iYellow Wine Club!  Sip over 60 wines from California, nosh on delicious food truck eats, and enjoy a vibrant Saturday night party celebration!   http://iyellowwineclub.com/upcoming-events-tours/california-cruisin?regevent_action=register&event_id=3

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Seedy Saturday, March 9.  11am-4pm.  Evergreen Brick Works at 550 Bayview Ave.  $5 or PWYC.  Take part in this annual, national event where you can buy, sell, and trade seeds!  Swap seeds and heirloom varieties with other passionate seed and plant enthusiasts, buy seeds from local vendors, and learn about this long-standing tradition.  You just might end up with some special heirloom tomato seeds that you can plant in your very own backyard!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/seedy-saturday

Toronto Underground Market at Evergreen Brick Works, March 9.  5pm-10pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  Online tickets ON SALE NOW (February 22nd on); tickets are $22.60 + $2.50 service charge.  The Toronto Underground Market is a 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.  Tickets for the April TUM will go on sale on March 22!  http://yumtum.ca/index.html

Food 4 Thought: A Taste of Lebanon, March 15.  7pm-9pm.  631 Crawford Street at the Kadampa Meditation Centre.  $20/person or $35 for two; register through the website.  Find your inner zen at this relaxing meditation and 3-course vegetarian meal session at the Kadampa Temple.  Meet new people (community volunteers serve the meal!) and enjoy a taste of Lebanese food.  http://kadampa.ca/event/food-for-thought/

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 16.  10am.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

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St. Patrick’s Eve Céilidh at Montgomery’s Inn, March 16.  7pm-11pm.  4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue.  $5 +HST/person; cash bar.  Party the evening away, Irish style, at Montgomery’s Inn!  Enjoy hearty Irish stew, fresh baked bread, and plenty of music!  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

St. Patrick’s Day Tea at Montgomery’s Inn, March 17.  1pm-4pm.  4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue.  $10 +HST/person.  Pinkies up at this St. Patty’s Day themed afternoon tea!  Enjoy classic porter cake, shamrock cookies, and more.  http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/featured-events.htm#montgomery

Macaron Day Toronto, March 20.  All day at 20 participating cafes, patisseries, and bakeries across Toronto!  For the 2nd year in a row, Toronto is celebrating the delicate, dainty, and delicious macaron in support of Red Door Family Shelter!  Patisseries will be offering complimentary macarons for the entire day, while supplies last.  25% of all additional macaron sales will go toward the Red Door Family Shelter helping abused women and children, the homeless, and families in need with emergency support and shelter.  Check out the official website to find out about our ambassadors and which patisseries are participating this year!  http://macarondayto.com/macaronDay.html

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Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 23.  10am.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

Pati’s Mexican Table at The Cookbook Store, March 23.  2pm-3pm.  850 Yorkville Ave.  FREE.  Pati Jinich comes to The Cookbook Store to promote her new cookbook, “Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking” and to share her love of all things Mexican!  Meet Pati Jinich, learn more about her Mexican cooking and techniques, her PBS tv show, “Pati’s Mexican Table”, and enjoy a number of Mexican treats straight from her cookbook!  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

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Book Launch at The Stop Community Food Centre – The Stop: How the fight for good food transformed a community and inspired a movement, March 24.  Time TBA.  601 Christie Street at The Stop Beer Garden.  FREE; beer, food and books will be available for purchase at the event.  Celebrate the book launch and support The Stop’s mission to continue fighting for equitable food politics in and around our city.  http://thestop.org/event/24-mar-2013

Korean Lunar New Year Temple Feast: A Rusholme Park Supper Club at The Depanneur, March 24.  7:30pm; 8pm dinner.  1033 College Street.  $40+HST/person.  Join Chef Jonna Pedersen for a fresh, spring, meal inspired by the Korean Buddhist temple cuisine!  Pedersen, who studied cooking in Korea, will be serving Korean-style tapas (Temple Food Banchan) including pumpkin porridge, acorn jelly and soybean stew; Korean soup (Ddeok Guk soup) with crispy seaweed, seitan, ricecake, julienned egg, along with dumplings and more; and to finish off, a traditional Korean tea service!  http://thedepanneur.ca/event/supper-club-korean-lunar-new-year-temple-feast-by-jonna-pederson/

Get to Know Karma Food Co-op, March 31.  1pm.  739 Palmerston Ave.  FREE.  To register, e-mail karmaorientation@gmail.com.  Have you ever wondered how a food co-op operates, the types of products that are sourced, or just what a food co-op entails?  This informative session will inform you about everything you want to know about co-ops and the Karma Food Co-op specifically in the context of food politics and sustainability, and food sourcing.  Learn about food products, the people who run the co-op and more.  http://www.nowtoronto.com/news/listings/listing.cfm?listingid=800069150&subsection=&category=&nav=1

A New Lunchtime Market, Macaron Day TO, and More! The March Food Calendar and Events Is Up and Running!

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A new market to enjoy in the downtown core!

Today marks the first day of March and we all know what that means: spring is on the way and there are plenty of food events, classes, workshops, and markets to keep us busy and eating for the entire month!  The March Food Calendar is up and running and this is the largest, most extensive one yet.  I’ve made a separate calendar page for all of Le Dolci’s cupcake and cake decorating, and macaron making classes and I’ll be adding the supper clubs and events to add to The Depanneur calendar page very soon as well as food goodies from Culinary Adventure, the Calphalon Culinary Centre, and more. 

I keep finding more and more amazing cooking classes and food event series to add to the mix each month and it amazes me just how much Toronto has to offer.  These events and workshops may not be advertised as much as they could be, but that’s exactly what I’m here for!  I love compiling the events for the Food Calendars and letting others know about great food related things to take advantage of each month.

Mint Oreo and other green, St. Patrick's Day food goodies to look forward to!

Food events this month include the Toronto Underground Market on March 4th (online tickets are sold out, but tickets will be sold at the door at 8pm for $15, so if you missed out on the frantic online sale, it’s not a total loss!) and the sale of April’s Toronto Underground Market on March 16th; a new ‘Pints of March’ beer event at Wychwood Barns as part of The Stop Community Food Centre’s Brewery Market series; the celebration of Meatout 2012 at the Toronto Vegetarian Association Resource Centre, complete with a sale on the Forks Over Knives documentary and a vegan, pay-what-you-can bake sale; and for all sweet tooths and pastry enthusiasts, Macaron Day TO hits Toronto on March 20th!

Macaron Day in Toronto is March 20th!

Finally, there are new events to look forward to this month: the Lunchtime Office Markets are expanding!  They’ve been a great success at both CSI (Centre for Social Innovation) locations and little by little, the office markets will hit more and more locations in the downtown core, catering to the lunch crowds, office crowds, students, and everywhere else who wants healthy, delicious lunch food on the go.  The newest locaiton?  The ING Direct Cafe at the corner of Yonge and Shuter Street right beside the Eaton Centre!  Markets will be held every Thursday from 11:30am-1:30pm. 

Last, but not least, there’s a cooking class line-up in Ate by Ate town: Marni Wasserman’s vegetarian and vegan cooking classes!  I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw all the amazing menus and cooking class themes.  Many of the cooking classes are also tailored to those who are eat gluten, soy, dairy, and nut-free diets.  I’m so happy I found these classes because they sound absolutely amazing and I think many of you would be happy to take advantage of these classes.  With all this plus St. Patrick’s Day food festivities, we have a lot to look forward to this month.