Summer has finally winded down as we welcome October with sweaters, scarfs and undoubtedly something pumpkin spiced. Embracing the fall weather, comfort food and warm drinks is just the beginning. The city is booming with seasonal food and drink festivals this fall. You will want to carve out some time in your calendar for some of these fall traditions sure to warm your belly.
The OH so Canadian thing to do is grab a plaid flannel and head over to Yonge-Dundas Square on October 14th for Smoke’s World Poutine-Eating Championship. The decadently dressed fries with squeaky cheese curds and gravy will be flowing.
Whether you are brave enough to participate, or like most just feel the artery-clogging sympathy pains from afar it is sure to be entertaining!
A festival after any beer lover's heart, the Cask Days Beer Festival at Evergreen Brickworks boasts over 400 beers and ciders to gawk over. With world-renowned brewers and chefs in attendance, you may even learn a thing or two! This event has grown substantially from its first showing on the patio of Bar Volo in 2005. The three-day event starts on Friday, October 20th and tickets can be purchased online.
Several Toronto restaurants are giving back this fall by participating in Restaurants for Change. Bar Isabel, Baro, Ruby Watchco, Piano Piano and Union are just a few restaurants who are donating proceeds on October 18th. Proceeds will support healthy food access and empower food programs in low-income communities across Canada. All you have to do is make a reservation and mangiare!
If sweets are more your thing, I recommend you check out Canada’s Baking and Sweets Show on October 28th at the International Center. Your sweet tooth is sure to be satiated at the gourmet decadent showing and tasting of all things baked and beyond. On that note, if you are really serious about the sweets scene, the Toronto Chocolate Festival is hosted at multiple venues all over Toronto for the entire month of November and includes events like the Chocolympics and Chocolate Ball.
The 22nd annual Gourmet Food and Wine Expo pretty much has it all! Not only can you indulge in unique wine, beer, and delicacies, you can also participate in educational workshops and cooking demonstrations. Listen to live music, rub elbows with celebrity chefs or pick the brain of winemakers and restaurant owners from around the world. Tickets start at $25 and the expo is held at The Metro Toronto Convention Center from November 16-19.
It would be a shame not to take advantage of Toronto’s deliciously diverse city this fall. Pick your poison and indulge a little or a lot.