Your guide to Toronto’s best summer food festivals

Nothing says summer quite like afternoons spent in a beer garden and evenings spent browsing through vendor markets, snacking on all the fries, ice creams, kabobs, and whatever else you can get your hands on. Fortunately, when you live in a city with a food scene as diverse and phenomenal as Toronto, there are no shortage of food festivals happening all summer long.

From cultural celebrations to boozy parties, here is your guide to the best summer food festivals coming to the streets of Toronto.

Taste of Asia

 

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Markham is the home of North America’s Largest Outdoor Asian Festival this summer. From June 28 – 30, the streets of Kennedy and Steeles will be transformed into Taste of Asia, three days of cultural events, family-friendly attractions, and lots of food. More than 150 vendors will be celebrating Canada’s culture and diversity with expert craftsmanship in every dish.  

Sweets Festival

You can’t celebrate Canada Day without a celebratory cake. A sweet tooth’s haven, the Sweets Festival is coming to Mel Lastman Square on July 1, to kick the summer off in the best possible way—with no shortage of macaroons, cupcakes, cookies and ice cream.

Taste of the Middle East

Enjoy the best of Arabic music, art, dance and food at the Taste of the Middle East from July 5 to 7 at Nathan Phillips Square.

Taste of Lawrence

 

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Back for the 20th anniversary, the Taste of Lawrence is returning to Scarborough for three days of food, music, and culture celebration. Between exploring more than 150 vendors, local talents, midway games, entertainment, an exotic car show, and a dog show, there is no shortage of things to do and see. But you won’t want to miss spending a piece of your day sitting in the beer garden and snacking on a wide range of international food. The Taste of Lawrence is taking place from July 5 to 7 on Lawrence Avenue East between Warden Avenue and Birchmount Road.

Wine Fest

 

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Under the allure of the CN Tower, Roundhouse Park will be setting the stage for an all-you-can-taste outdoor wine festival. Guests can taste more than 100 wines from all around the world at Wine Fest,coming to Toronto from July 5 to 7.

Salsa on St. Clair

Did someone say salsa? The TD Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival is a Latino-themed cultural celebration with—you guessed it—lots of salsa to eat, and lots of salsa dancing. Canada’s biggest salsa party with Latin fare and non-stop dancing is returning on July 6 –to 7.

Festival of India

Free vegetarian feasts will be on the menu at the Festival of India at Centre Island from July 12 – 13. The weekend includes a celebration with fun activities suitable for the whole family.

Rib Fest

 

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Vegetarians beware: the downtown Toronto ribfest is retuning to Yonge-Dundas Square from July 12 to 14. Indulge in perfectly cooked ribs from the best BBQ rib cookers around. Don’t forget to bring extra napkins!

International Food & Drink Festival

Dishes and drinks from around the world can be found in one place at the International Food & Drink Festival, which is coming to the Mel Lastman Square from July 12 to 14. From iconic street food chefs to chefs of the most exclusive restaurants, there’s no limit to what your tastebuds will discover at this multi-cultural festival!

Festival of South Asia

On July 20 and 21, Gerrard Street East will be the place to be as it hosts the 22nd Festival of South Asia. Family-fun activities, live music, shopping, and, of course, lots of food will be on the schedule for the weekend.

Taste of Vietnam

Explore the delicious delicacies of Vietnam at the Taste of Vietnam festival. The celebration of culture, fashion, and food will be held at Nathan Phillips Square from July 25 to 27.

Festival of Beer

Beer, bites, and beats. That’s the slogan at Toronto’s Festival of Beer, and can you think of a better way to spend a summer weekend? From Amsterdam Brewery, to Oyster Boy, and Cypress Hill, all the names are recognizable. The Festival of Beer is coming to Bandshell Park from July 26 to 28.

Toronto Food Truck Festival

From August 2 to 5, food trucks will be taking over Woodbine Park for the annual Toronto Food Truck Festival. Fully licensed, the weekend will include live performances and 30 to 50 food trucks showcasing diverse menus while in a lucious, natural park. The Toronto Food Truck Festival raises funds for local charities, so you can add on the carbs, knowing it’s all for a good cause!

JerkFest

JerkFest is bringing the island vibes to Centennial Park from August 9 to 11. Indulge in Caribbeann cuisine and everything jerk-flavoured while vibing to island music and entertainment. The weekend will include live, interactive food demonstrations from local chefs that will help you bring JerkFest to your own home.

Taco Fest

 

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It’s time for a fiesta. Tacos, guacamole, tequila, and churros—what more could you want from a summer festival? After selling out last year, Taco Fest is returning to Fort York from August 9 to 11, featuring the talents of some of Toronto’s best chefs, more than 50 vendors, and more than 250 varieties of tacos.

Waterfront Night Market

 

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The Pan Asian Food Festival is just a part of the three-day celebration that makes up the Waterfront Night Market. Held from August 9 to 11 this year, a night market and food festival combine for a weekend of pan Asian food, culture, interactive attractions, and floating lanterns.

Afro Carib Fest

 

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The award-winning Afro Carib Fest is returning for the 13th year to Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough on August 24 to 25. The rich cultural heritage of Afro-Caribbean communities will come alive through art, music, dance and food.

Vegandale

 

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For a day of live music, interactive artwork, hundreds of vendors serving up vegan eats, check out Vegandale at Woodbine Park on September 7. Whether you’re looking for vegan burgers, vegan burritos, vegan ice cream, or vegan iced coffees, vegandale will satisfy all your plant-based dreams. Oh, and did we mention there will be no shortage of free samples?

Roncesvalles Polish Festival

There will be no shortage of polka and pierogie at the Roncesvalles Polish Festival from September 14 to 15. Now in it’s 17th year, this festival includes more than 90 vendors, six beverage gardens and patios, 40 performances, and 40 restaurants and cafes to dine at.

VegTO Fest

 

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Round out the summer with VegTO Fest, Toronto’s only free vegan festival and they are proud to hold the title. From September 21 to 22, Nathan Phillips Square will be full of more than 200 vendors offering vegan food and vegan wares. It’s the largest gathering of Toronto’s vegetarian and vegan community, so get the pleather pants on and join for a plant-based weekend.

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