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Updated 3 Jan 2011

Toronto’s multiculturalism means excellent food festivals have become part of the local heritage. For expats, the city's affinity for culinary celebration means that a taste of home is never too far away, and a chance to experience foreign flavour is just as close.


Recommended food festivals in Toronto

Taste of the Danforth

The Krinos Taste of the Danforth is Canada’s largest street Festival, welcoming approximately 1.6 million attendees annually. In addition to getting your fill of top-notch spanakopita and baklava, there is also entertainment for folks of all ages.

tasteofthedanforth.com

Toronto Vegetarian Food Fair

While most food festivals in Toronto are held in the summer months, this one happens in the fall. Said to be the largest vegetarian food festival in North America, this multi-day event is one not to be missed by the city’s vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike – even if you’re a carnivore to the core, it’s amazing to see the hearty and innovative dishes the vendors put together. 

vegfoodfest.com

Toronto Festival of Beer

This festival has been so popular that it has had to move to a larger venue: having previously been held at historic Old Fort York, the festival is still open-air but is now held at Bandshell Park Exhibition Place. It’s a chance to try out everything from unique craft beers to big-name beers from other countries. 

www.beerfestival.ca

Taste of Little Italy

Toronto has two “little Italy's” and the one closest to downtown is on College St. They hold an annual event showcasing some of the best Italian food Toronto has to offer. Corso Italia is a bit further north.
www.littleitalysd.com

Corso Italia: The other “little Italy” in Toronto is at St. Clair Avenue West and also holds an annual celebration of Italian cuisine and culture. They have a specific focus on musical entertainment, with over 30 bands playing everything from classical to salsa. 

www.torontofiesta.com

Taste of Lawrence

This food festival is a great place to go if you’re looking for international food and culture closer to the Scarborough area. 

www.tasteoflawrence.com

Gourmet Food & Wine Expo

An opportunity to sample the world’s finest wines, beers and spirits while tasting fare from some of Toronto’s best restaurants. They often have celebrities from the world of food and drink. 

www.foodandwineexpo.ca

Toronto Wine and Cheese Show

This show is held in the spring and is primarily meant to be educational, focusing on expert advice and ideas for food and drink pairings.

► www.towineandcheese.com


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About the authors: 

Stacey Fowler and Mark Rodas are a couple of foodies exploring Toronto. They serve up an excellent review of the city's culinary scene at their blog, Tasting in Toronto.

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