City Cravings: Toronto’s Best Summer Food and Drink Festivals

Mirvish VillageNeedless to say, it’s been a strange start to the 2013 summer. With all the heat, rain, flooding and all that goes along with it, everyone is just hoping for a bit of sun and a little breeze to enjoy the rest of the summer. So maybe you didn’t get to go away, maybe you weren’t able to leave work early on Fridays and instead took work home for the weekend. There’s nothing like good food and a pint or two to help you forget that maybe this will not been your “Summer of George” (Seinfeld reference). There is still plenty of summer left, and if you’re craving something fun, why not head out to some of Toronto’s best summer food and drink festivals.

With Summerlicious in full swing, Toronto’s summer highlight is definitely the food and drink festivals. The line-up this July and August will entice you with the vibrant colors of local and international cuisines and scrumptious and absolutely tasty dishes. Check the list of amazing foodie events below.

July 14th

July 15th

  • Grillin’ and Chillin’ —  Presented by the Culinary Adventure Company, Grillin’ and Chillin’ will be held at the Fuel House. Doors open 6:30pm and tickets are $95 per person and available online. All tickets include a BBQ lesson from Jason Rees.

July 20th

  • Thrill of the Grill – Check-out the fourth annual Thrill of the Grill event at Broadview and Jackman Ave., July 20th, from noon to 4pm. Tickets are $16.25 and include 7 ribs and coleslaw, ESKA water, as well as samples of Steamwhistle, Gnarly Head Winery, and Second Cup. This year’s celebrity judges are Chef Lynn Crawford and Dr. Georg Bjarnason. Competing at this event are five of Danforth’s best: Allen’s, Factory Girl, Globe Bistro, The Combine Eatery, and The Meat Department.

July 26th

  • Toronto’s Festival of Beer – Beginning July 26th through the 28th at the Exhibition Place, get ready for the 19th annual Festival of Beer. Over the weekend, attendees will have the chance to indulge in fine grilled foods and premium beers. Tickets are $39.50 and include live entertainment.

August 30th

  • Hot and Spicy Festival – Beginning August 30th through September 2nd at the Harbourfront Centre will set your temperature soaring with the Hot and Spicy Festival  including international dishes, music and the always popular Iron Chef competition. If you like the burning and intense feeling of spicy food this is a festival not to be missed. Admission is free to this event.

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