The Top 8 Toronto Summer Food & Drink Festivals

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Whether you’re planning a trip to Toronto this summer or you’re a local looking to spice up your summer plans (literally!), our summer food and drink festival guide will help you add some delicious calories to your calendar this year.

1. Summerlicious

Date(s): July 7-23

Location: 200 restaurants across the GTA

Summerlicious (the seasonally warmer sister of Winterlicious) is an annual event that includes three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 of Toronto’s top restaurants. Summerlicious is the perfect way to try something new without breaking the bank; lunch menus are generally in the $18-$28 range, and dinner menus land at around $28-$48.

2. Toronto’s Festival of Beer

Date(s): July 28-30

Location: CNE Bandshell Park

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of a cold beer can being cracked open on a hot summer day, a moment that will occur tens of thousands of times during Toronto’s Festival of Beer. To celebrate the country’s 150th birthday, Canada will be this year’s feature country, and the three-day festival will showcase various breweries from across the nation, as well as musical performances each night.

3. Taste of the Danforth

Date(s): Aug. 11-13

Location: Greektown (Danforth Ave., between Broadview and Donlands)

Opa! Want to be Greek for the day? Head down to the Danforth and enjoy three days of food, music, and more food! With street vendors selling classic Greek dishes like souvlaki and spanakopita, Greek dancing, and dozens of free activities, it’s no wonder this Toronto festival has been a staple for 23 years.

4. Grace JerkFest – Canada’s Jerk Food Festival

Date(s): Aug. 13-16

Location: Centennial Park

One of the many celebrations of Caribbean culture in Toronto is JerkFest; a festival dedicated to the Jamaican style of cooking meat. The 2017 roster includes Maxi Priest, Freddie Jackson, and Brian McKnight as a few of the musical headliners. Come for the jerk chicken or pork, stay for all your other West Indian faves

5. Sweetery

Date(s): Aug. 12-13

Location: David Pecaut Square

Canada’s largest sweets festival is back for its third year, celebrating local chefs, students, and artists (and, indirectly, dentists?). If you’ve got a sweet tooth, make sure to head down to the square to taste award-winning treats and enjoy interactive activities in between bites

6. Toronto Vegan Food & Drink Festival

Date(s): Aug. 19

Location: Fort York, Garrison Common

Ribs, jerk chicken, ice cream – a lot of Toronto’s summer festivals aren’t very vegan-friendly. That was until Toronto’s Vegan Food & Drink Festival was born. Now in its third year, everything served at this event is 100% vegan, including all comfort foods, craft brews, wines, and spirits from more than 100 vegan vendors.

7. Hot & Spicy Food Festival

Date(s): Sept. 1-4

Location: Harbourfront Centre

Some like it hot, and those people should make their way to the Harbourfront Centre to enjoy a celebration of international cuisine with one thing in common – spice! This is the festival’s 20th anniversary, and will include Canadian celebrity chefs, a ChiliKids cooking competition, and the hottest (pun intended) jazz and blues performances

8. Garlic Festival

Date(s): Sept. 17

Location: Artscape Wychwood Barns

This is a festival focused entirely on garlic and includes a Garlic Breath Contest – need we say more?

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