The top 10 tasty food festivals happening this fall in Toronto

There’s something about the cool autumn air that makes us hungry. Maybe it’s the need to pack on some pounds before the snow sets in, or it’s finally cool enough to indulge in calorie-laden hot foods. Either way, we’re excited that so many excellent food festival options are happening this fall in the GTA.
Check out this list of our top 10 picks.

The Mac and Cheese Festival

There’s more to mac-and-cheese than meets the eye at The Mac & Cheese festival. This upcoming celebration of carbs and cheese happens from Sept. 9-11 at 500 Progress Ave. and is the ultimate celebration of a childhood fan favourite. You can expect plenty of mac and cheese creations and plenty of crowds, so head to the location early to snag a picnic bench.


A unique take on Toronto’s popular Summerlicious food festival is the AsialiciousTO food festival — a celebration of Asian food culture. It all happens from Sept. 11 to 26 when more than 100 restaurants, hotels, bubble tea shops, cafes and other foodie establishments participate with special menus and other promotional deals priced at $10, $20 or $30. Get the full lineup at the AsialiciousTO website.

Relish: The Foodie Event

This two-day, free event running Sept. 17-18 is happening at Etobicoke’s Cloverdale Mall and includes local food trucks serving up a variety of delish eats; artisanal market vendors, picnicking on the grass and food-themed activities for young ones. Also included is roller skating at the Cloverdale Roller Rink.

Georgetown Craft Beer Festival

Not quite Germany’s Oktoberfest but still a great way to sample some craft beers while munching on salty snacks. The Georgetown Craft Beer Festival includes craft beer and cider sampling, local food vendors, and entertainment in the heart of the countryside. Georgetown is about a 50-minute drive from the city and worth the trek to breathe in fresh country air while sipping some craft brews. We can’t think of a better way to spend a fall day, on Sept. 17!

Ontario Garlic Week

Did you know that Ontario produces an abundance of garlic? Chefs, farmers, and neighbourhood bars gather from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 to celebrate this small vegetable with a bite. The details are not yet precise, but you can check back on the Garlic Week website for more information as the end of September draws near.

Burger Fest

Fet in the last few chars of the season at this year’s Burger Fest. Taking place from Sept. 23-25 at the Street Eats Market, we’re expecting a slew of burger options. Details are forthcoming, but we are thinking quadruple-stacked burgers with some whacky toppings and savoury sides. Keep your eyes on this website for more information.

All You Can Eataly

The Eataly marketplace will be closed on Sept. 30 so ticketholders can enjoy more than 15 local food stations and five bars, all assembling for a massive feast. Attendees can dine at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., or 7:30 p.m. for $186.45. With that price comes food, entertainment, free pours, pasta-making classes, and several other exclusive events. This is the first time that the ‘All You Can Eataly’ event has come to Toronto, and it’s one gourmet outing you don’t want to miss.

Poutine Festival

Few things are more comforting than a big bowl of fries with warm gravy and cheese, which is why the Poutine Festival in Scarborough is definitely worth the drive. This festival has seen some very creative poutine creations in years past, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store this year. This festival runs from Oct. 7 – 9 with more cheesy details to be announced soon here.

A Taste of Nigeria

Celebrate and learn about the culture of Nigeria by sampling some of this country’s food, entertainment, and crafts at the Taste of Nigeria festival on Oct. 16 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Royal Event Center on Gordon Mackay Road. Tickets to this event are $25 at the door and $12 presale (free for kids).

Oh My Gourd, It’s Fall!

This shopping and dessert festival in Oakville includes more than 90 vendors and a complete celebration of fall with sweets, food trucks, vendors, pumpkin painting and several other activities. Taking place at the Oakville Conference and Banquet Center on Oct. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ($3 per adult, kids enter for free), the ‘Oh My Gourd It’s Fall!’ festival sounds like the perfect way to spend a day (more details here).

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