Knock on wood, but we think it’s safe to say that the frost warnings and unpleasant spring weather are finally behind us; we can plant our herbs and flowers and veggies now without fear of a frost warning, and we can get out and about in the town without having to bring along a parka, just in case.
And what a lot of things to do! Just like a garden, Toronto erupts in late spring with a blossoming of events for us to enjoy. Here is just a small list of food, beer and wine events coming up soon that you will want to check out:
The Great Canadian Cheese Festival is coming back to the Crystal Palace in Picton for the third year running. This event is the only one of it’s kind celebrating the amazing cheese culture of Canada. Tickets to this go fast, make sure you reserve some today.
“More than 100 exhibitors and vendors, about 125 different Canadian cheeses to sample and buy, and 3,000+ consumers make the event the biggest cheese show in Canada, representing producers from coast to coast. This year, we welcome our first cheesemaker from Newfoundland.”
Crave TO will take place on May 24th from 5-11 pm at the Evergreen Brickworks. You can sample some of the city’s best street food and craft beer at CraveTO. Take the shuttle to and from the Brickworks and you don’t have to worry about driving, parking, or that second glass of beer! General admission tickets available here.
Food vendors include Rome’n Chariot, Buster’s Sea Cove, Fidel Gastro and more, plus beer vendors Mill Street, Great Lakes, Hogtown among others.
Taste of the Food Terminal-May 25
Have you ever been driving along the Queensway or Gardiners Expressway around Parklawn and seen the massive Ontario Food Terminal? Have you wondered what that is all about? The food terminal is not open to the public, so now’s your chance to see what it’s all about!
“The Ontario Food Terminal is the only fresh produce wholesale market in Canada and the third largest in North America. It is the only one in North America that houses both fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers and local farmers. Our wholesalers (who offer both imported and local produce) and Ontario farmers sell to licensed green grocers, restaurants and other food distributors. The wholesalers each have an indoor space like a storefront from which they sell and the farmers set up their stalls outside in a partially covered area of the Terminal.”
The Festival boasts, tours of the farmers markets, live music, performers, soccer for the kids and much more! Tickets for The Taste of the Food Terminal are available here and are only ten dollars, the cost includes a fresh lunch prepared by Food Terminal chefs. All proceeds go directly toward Food Share, the non-profit organization whose field to table approach aims to bring “good healthy food to all” in the Toronto area.
For those of you that find yourselves in Prince Edward County next weekend, you will want to check out County Terroir, a wine celebration at the Crystal Palace in Picton. It is no secret that the wines produced in the County are among the finest known to humanity and this is your chance to sample some those amazing wines, have some fantastic cheeses and tasty gourmet vittles and rub shoulders the winemakers and chefs.
With events like this, and Toronto’s first Halal Food Festival coming up June 1stand 2nd, and the wildly popular The Stop’s Night Market on June 18 and 19th, late spring may be one of the best times to be out and about in the city.