The next two weeks Toronto will be fired up with a smorgasbord of foodie events and festivals. As the Caribana domination continues throughout the city, those seeking even more exciting events can look no further! Get your marker and calendar out – take note of these dates:
Craft Beer Festival – Thursday August 2nd, 7 pm
The 5th annual Hart House Craft Beer Festival will take the stage with BBQ nibbles and a whole tons of stouts, ales and lagers for the tasting! Amongst the diverse selection of beers, Hart House Executive Chef, Marco Tucci will be cooking up some tasty meats.
Irie Music Festival – Friday August 3rd to Monday August 6th, all-day
This free event goes hand-in-hand with the Carbiana festivities showcasing musical performancess celebrating reggae, gospel, soul and African music. Nathan Philip Square will be turned into a colourful musical playground with – of course, island influenced foods.
Caribana Festival Parade – Saturday August 4th, all-day
The stretch along Lakeshore starting at Exhibition Place will be turned into the most colouful parade in Toronto (yes, pride parade you may have some competition). Bejeweled floats, elaborate costumes and entertainment will walk the streets, parading infront of bystanders itching with Caribbean fever! Tickets are available online, $40.
Chocolate and Cheese Crawl – Saturday August 4th, 11 am
Honestly this is a dream come true, the flavours of chocolate and cheese coming together for one night! Chowbella Culinary Experiences invites guests to take a stroll through the trendy neighbourhoods of Queen and King West, pit stopping at some of Toronto’s posh boutiques and a gourmet cheese restaurant. Tickets are available online, $59.
Woofjocks- Sunday August 5th & 6th, all-day
The Queens Quay will be barking this Civic Day weekend. Reason why? The athletic dog show, Woofjocks presented by Paws Way will be in town. Watch a variety of dog show events including tricks, agility, frisbee, musical freestyle and more.
Simcoe Day at Fort York– Monday August 6th, 10:00 – 5:00 pm
Perhaps you are new to the origin of Civic holiday Monday, but in Toronto we celebrate a “day of relaxation” or also known as “Simcoe Day.” Celebrate (hopefully, out of the office) and relax! We feel like this is an event that cannot be missed, nor ignored. But for those seeking something to do other than relax, Simcoe Day at Fort York invites vistors to explore Toronto’s historic past at the location founded by Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant-Governor, John Graves Simcoe. A small history lesson for ya’ll.
Taste of the Danforth – Friday August 10th through 12th, all-day
If you enjoy the tastes and sounds of Greek culture, don’t miss this year’s 19th annual Taste of the Danforth festival sponsored by Pilaros. One of Toronto’s signature events, the Danforth will turn into a cultural hub of authentic greek dishes, music and live entertainment.
Wild Blueberry Festival – Saturday August 11th, 8:00am – 3:00pm
Don’t feel blue, Toronto’s Wild Blueberry Festival is in town! The Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a feast of blueberry-related activities, live music and workshops for children and adults. Back by popular demand, the wild blueberry pie bake-off and tastings will commence with hopefully a very messy and blue ending.