Big cities are synonymous with hosting a wide range of events that show off various highlights and Toronto is no exception, especially when it comes to food and drink. There’s always something going in Toronto that makes it easy to sample some of the city’s best things to eat and sip. The majority of food and drink events in Toronto happen in the warmer months but don’t discount fall as a great time to eat or drink your way through a festival.
Hungry? Feel like having a drink? Here are 10 fall food and drink festivals to check out in Toronto.
Cask Days (October 21-23)
Cask Days, the highly-anticipated Toronto cask-conditioned beer festival, takes place October 21 to 23. The 12th annual Cask Days is happening at Evergreen Brickworks and gives attendees the chance to sip and sample from over 400 casks over three days, courtesy of 200 brewers as well as some cideries. Breweries and cider producers from across Canada and the United States will be participating and this year the festival welcomes 50 beers and ciders from Oregon State that are available for the first time in Ontario. If you’re unfamiliar, cask ale is unpasteurized, unfiltered and naturally carbonated beer served directly from a cask barrel. Also at the fest: music and food to round out the experience.
Eatable Film Festival (October 22-25)
You’re likely familiar with the concept of eating popcorn, candy or other snacks when you go to see a movie, but the concept of going to see a movie where food and drink will be curated to the specific screening might not be something you’ve considered. But Eatable, Toronto’s first food film festival, will be bringing that concept to life in a fun and exciting way this year. Billed as a new way to get excited about food, each film screened will also include food and drink inspired by the film. Films at this year’s festival include Jim Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes, Big Night, Need for Meat and Portrait of a Garden.
What’s on the Table (November 2)
The Stop Community Food Centre will be hosting What’s on the Table November 2, all of the proceeds for which go towards the Stop’s food access and community-building programs. You can expect delicious food and drink courtesy of some of Toronto’s top chefs and Niagara’s best vineyards. Some of the restaurants and beverage purveyors lined up for this year’s food-focused fundraiser include Richmond Station, Nadege, Skin + Bones, Mildred’s Temple Kitchen, Pukka, Steam Whistle, Cave Springs and many more. So basically, you know your taste buds will be in good hands.
Corks’n Kegs (November 4)
Happening on November 4 is the third annual Corks’n Kegs in Toronto’s east end at Beach United Church. This is where you’ll be getting wine, beer and tasty bites chosen to pair with aforementioned beverages. Alongside all the sampling you can do there will also be a silent auction going on. Funds raised via the event will go towards the Greater Beach community.
Royal Winter Fair (November 4-13)
You may not associate the Royal Winter Fair with good food and drink, but that would be a mistake. Sure, there’s lots of livestock to check out and various award-winning produce, but the annual fair leading up to the holiday season also carries some serious culinary weight. In addition to the chance to sample some delicious local food and drink in the Love of Food Sampling Pavilion, there will be chef competitions and food and drink demos to enjoy.
Toronto Luxury Chocolate Show (November 6)
Do you like chocolate? Do you want to spend some time sampling some amazing chocolate? You can do just that at the sixth edition of the Toronto International Luxury Chocolate Show happening November 6 at Roy Thompson Hall. So what can you do aside from being among some amazing chocolate? You can attend some free chocolate-making classes, peruse the chocolate bookstore, try your luck at a free draw, watch some chocolate-making demos and just generally sample and buy all the chocolate.
Evening at the Market (November 10)
Head to historic St. Lawrence Market on November 10 this fall for a night of eating and drinking courtesy of the 60+ vendors that populate the South Market. Your $75 price of admission not only gets you all of your food and drinks for the night but also benefits Second Harvest.
Chowder Chowdown (November 15)
Fall is the perfect time to indulge in some comforting chowder. Some of Toronto’s top chefs compete in the name of Canada’s sustainable seafood movement on November 15. Chefs will go head-to-head in hopes of becoming the 2016 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion and your $55 price of admission gets you all of your chowder samples as well as craft beer to enjoy alongside it. The action takes place at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District.
Gourmet Food and Wine Expo (November 17-20)
Get ready to eat and drink your way through a few delicious days at the end of November with a visit to the Gourmet Food and Wine Expo. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre plays host to the justifiably popular event where you can sample from more than 1,500 wines, beers, spirits and gourmet foods. In addition to lots of chances to sip and sample, there will also be chef demos, the Canadian Cheese Counter presented by Dairy Farmers of Canada, Mott's Best Caesar in Town National Competition, the chance to learn how to make cocktails in the Spiritology Pavilion and a market featuring local products.
Hoppy Holidays (December 6)
Start the holiday season off right with a night of craft beer at the Berkley Church. Your ticket ($25 in advance, $35 at the door) includes five beer samples and after that samples are $1 apiece for a four-ounce sample. There will also be food vendors on site to help with any hunger pangs that might arise. Some of the breweries to expect at this year’s Hoppy Holidays include Big Rig Brewery, Creemore Springs, Duggan’s, Great Lakes, Black Oak and Kensington Brewing Company.