There are over 18,000 different restaurants and other eating establishments in and around the GTA, so it should come as no surprise that there are always great Toronto foodie events taking place at a variety of venues. As summer winds down and the festival season slowly comes to a close, here are some more tasty festivals and expos to indulge in over the next few months.
July 14-September 1
Nathan Phillips Square
Produced by the city of Toronto, visitors can enjoy freshly grilled meals from a variety of Toronto restaurants along with live concerts at noon featuring music from around the world including roots, blues, reggae, and Latin sounds. There are still a couple of Thursdays left before this great annual event wraps up.
Hot & Spicy Food Festival
Have a hankering for something fiery? Then you'll love the Hot & Spicy Food Festival, a four-day celebration with a full menu of culinary arts, music, film, demonstrations, and dance. There's also a red-hot market where visitors can buy and sample a diverse variety of sauces, marinades and dips all with hot, spicy, and fresh flair, as well as presentations by local chef extraordinaire Jamie Kennedy.
27th Annual Vegetarian Food Festival
Sept. 9-11, 2011
Veggies rejoice because this event is catered just to you. Considered one of the largest events of its kind in North America, the Annual Vegetarian Food Festival invites guests to discover new products and ideas from more than 100 exhibitors and enjoy a wide variety of presentations along with cooking demos. Even if you're not a vegetarian, you'll still find a bevy of new ways to add colour and variety to meals.
Gourmet Food & Wine Expo
November 17-20, 2011
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Foodies and wine aficionados unite, as there's no shortage of presentations and demos at this extensive expo. Meet Montreal chef Chuck Hughes of the show "Chuck's Day Off," check out their cheese corner where Dairy Farmers of Canada will be hosting seminars on Canadian cheese, make a stop at the Fine Wine Tasting Lounge, or even attend a 45-minute Mott's Clamato Caesar School class with Dean of Mott's Clamato Caesar School and Toronto Institute of Bartending founder Len Fragomeni to learn how to concoct Canada's national cocktail perfectly.