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June 2012 Toronto Food Events

Here’s the round up for June food events in Toronto.  Check back often as we will update as we become aware of new events.  If you have others, please feel free to submit them to us.

Farmers’ Markets and Market Events in Toronto

Annual Bike Month Pancake Breakfast at Evergreen Brick Works, June 2.  8am-12pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  Celebrate Bike Month in Toronto by riding your bike to Evergreen Brick Works for a special pancake breakfast to kick off the month-long initiative to reduce the city’s carbon footprint and increase physical activity!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/bike-month#pancake-breakfast

Appletree Market in the Village, June 5 – October 17.  Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm.  June Rowlands Park, corner of Mount Pleasant Rd. and Davisville Ave. in Mount Pleasant Village.  Current new location, previously at Yonge & Eglinton.  After a very rough winter and spring season legally negotiating and relocating their summer 2012 location, the Yonge-Eglinton market has finally secure a new space!  http://www.appletreemarkets.ca/

Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market, June 6 – October 24.  Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm.  Green P parking lot at Lippincott St. and Bloor Street West, just east of Bathurst St.  http://www.my-market.ca/bloor.html

Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market, year-round.  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm.  Dufferin Grove Park, northwest corner. http://www.dufferinpark.ca/market/wiki/wiki.php

East Lynn Farmers’ Market, June 7 – October 25.  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm.  East Lynn Park, located at 1949 Danforth Ave. just east of Woodbine Ave.  http://www.my-market.ca/eastlynn.html

East York Farmers’ Market, May 15 – October 30.  Tuesdays, 8am-2pm.  East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Avenue at the corner of Coxwell and Mortimer Avenue.

Etobicoke Farmers’ Market, June 2 – November 3.  Saturdays, 8am-2pm.  Etobicoke Civic Centre, located at 399 The West Mall just south of Burnhamthorpe Ave.  http://365etobicoke.com/etobicoke-civic-centre-farmers-market/

Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market, year-round. During the winter (November-April), every Saturday from 9am-1pm.  During the summer (May-October), every Saturday from 8am-1pm. 550 Bayview Ave.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/farmers-market/

Fairview Mall Farmers’ Market, June 1 – September 28.  Fridays, 9am-6pm.  South parking lot at Fairview Mall, located at 1800 Sheppard Ave. East at Don Mills Rd.

Good Food Market at The Stop Community Food Centre, year-roundTuesdays, 3pm-5:30pm.  During late fall and early spring (October-April), the market is held indoors in The Stop’s Drop-In at 1884 Davenport Rd. and during the spring and summer (May-September), the market is held at 1990 Davenport Rd.  http://thestop.org/good-food-market-and-bake-oven

Junction Farmers’ Market (NEW!), June 2 – October 13.  Saturdays, 8:30am-12:30pm.  Green P parking lot located at 385 Pacific Ave. by Dundas Street West.  This farmers’ market is The Junction neighbourhood’s first and it’s been in the works for quite some time, so let’s help make their first year a success!  http://www.junctionmarket.ca/

Leslieville Farmers’ Market, June 3 – October 28.  Sundays, 9am-2pm.  Jonathan Ashbridge Park on Queen Street East and Woodward Ave., between Greenwood and Coxwell Ave.  The market is back for their second summer and fall season!  http://leslievillemarket.com/

Liberty Village Farmers’ Market, June 3 – October 31.  Sundays, 9am-2pm.  Green P parking lot on East Liberty Street between Atlantic and Hanna Ave.  http://www.my-market.ca/liberty.html

Lunchtime Office Markets at the Centre for Social Innovation – Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm.  720 Bathurst Street in the Annex.  In conjunction with the Centre for Social Innovation and The Food Constellation, Lunchtime Office Markets at the CSI Annex location will continue on into the spring season, while the markets at CSI Spadina have been discontinued.  New Lunchtime Office Markets are in the works!

Lunchtime Office Markets at Soft Choice IT Solutions Liberty Village (NEW!) – Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm.  173 Dufferin Street, one block south of King St.  Toronto Office Markets are expanding once again!  This time, the markets are moving west into the Liberty Village neighbourhood.  Local food producers and plenty of lunch options on a beautiful, outdoor terrace.

Metro Hall Farmers’ Market, year-round.  Thursdays, 8am-2pm.  During the winter (November-April), last Thursday of every month in the CBC Broadcasting Building at 250 Front Street West.  During the summer (May-October), every Thursday starting May 31st at Simcoe Place Park just outside the CBC building, and at David Pecaut Square at 221 King Street West thereafter.

Montgomery’s Inn Farmers’ Market, May 23 – December 25.  Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm.  4709 Dundas St. West, Etobicoke.  Enjoy fresh baked bread from the inn’s wood-fired oven, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and more.  http://www.montgomerysinn.com/

Nathan Phillips Square ‘Fresh Wednesdays’ Farmers’ Market, May 30 – October 17, no markets on June 27 and September 26.  Wednesdays, 8am-2:30pm.  100 Queen Street West at Bay St. in downtown Toronto by Old City Hall and The Eaton Centre.  http://wx.toronto.ca/festevents.nsf/RSSAllCurrent/A0D055FA968DB0D5852579EB00705B78

North York Civic Centre Farmers’ Market, May 31 – October 25.  Thursdays, 8am-2:30pm.  5100 Yonge Street, just north of Elmwood Avenue.  The farmers’ market, with its vast array of baked goods, fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and more, takes place outdoors at Mel Lastman Square.

Pedestrian Sundays at Kensington Market, May 27.  12pm-7pm.  Kensington Market (west of Spadina Ave., eats of Bellevue Ave., south of College Street, north of Dundas Street West).  Pedestrian Sundays are back for their 9th year!  Come out and enjoy the street festivals, market vendors, street food, and more on the last Sunday of the month – car and traffic free!  Streets are closed off to car traffic during Pedestrian Sunday hours.  http://www.pskensington.ca/

Riverdale Farm Farmers’ Market, May 22 – October 30.  Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm.  Riverdale Farm located at Riverdale Park West at 201 Winchester Street by Sumach St.  http://www.riverdalefarm.ca/about-the-farm/farmers-market/

Ryerson University Farmers’ Market, June 5 – October 23.  Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm.  Ryerson University courtyard by Victoria and Gould Street, east of Yonge St.  http://www.my-market.ca/ryerson.html

Sherway Farmers’ Market, May 4 – October 26.  Fridays, 8am-2pm.  Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre, 25 The West Mall off Hwy 427 and the Queensway in Etobicoke.  The farmers’ market is located at the far northeast parking lot between the North Queen St. and Sherway Rd. entrances.  http://www.sherwaymarket.com/

Sick Kids Hospital Farmers’ Market, June 5 – October 23.  Tuesdays, 9am-2pm.  Outdoor front terrace at Sick Kids Hospital located at 555 University Ave. between Elm and Gerrard St.  http://www.my-market.ca/sickkids.html

Sorauren Park Farmers’ Market, year-round.  Mondays, 3pm-7pm.  Sorauren Park, 50 Wabash Ave.  http://westendfood.coop/farmers-market

St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market, year-round.  Saturdays, 5am-5pm.  92 Front St. East  http://www.stlawrencemarket.com/

Stonegate Farmers’ Market, June 26 – October 9.  Tuesdays, 4pm-7pm.  Parking lot of Stonegate Plaza located at 150 Berry Road just east of Stephen St. in the west end of Toronto (as a geographic reference, south of Old Mill and Royal York subway stations).  http://www.stonegatechc.org/programs-services/food-programs/farmers-market.html

The Stop Farmers’ Market at Wychwood Barns, year-round.  Saturdays, 8am-12pm.  76 Wychwood Ave.  http://www.thestop.org/green-barn-market

Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market, May 24 – October 4.  Thursdays, 3pm-7pm.  777 Lawrence Ave. East at Leslie Ave.  This brand new market for 2012 is taking place at Toronto’s famed Edwards Gardens!  http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/enjoy/special-events/market/

Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market, May 8 – October 30.  Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm.  Northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park at Dundas Street West and Shaw Street.  http://www.tbfm.ca/

University Of Toronto Scarborough Farmers’ Market, June 6 – October 3.  Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm in the summer and fall.  Markets continue during the winter on the first Wednesday of every month from November to April from 11am-3pm.  Parking Lot 4 located at 1265 Military Trail, south of Ellesmere Rd. and east of Morningside Ave.  http://www.greenbeltfresh.ca/search-results-profile/680

Weston Farmers’ Market, May 12 – October 27.  Saturdays, 7am-2pm.  14 John Street at Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave. West.  http://westonvillagebia.com/bia-events

Withrow Farmers’ Market, May 19 – October 27.  Saturdays, 9am-1pm.  725 Logan Ave. at the north end of Withrow Park, between Carlaw and Logan.  http://www.withrowpark.ca/wiki/wiki.php

Farmers’ Markets and Market Events in Markham and Surrounding

Aurora Farmers’ Market & Artisan Fair, May 5 – October 27.  Saturdays, 8am-1pm.  Town Park at Wells St. and Mosley St. southeast of Yonge Street and Wellington St. East.  Indoor markets during the winter move into the Aurora Cultural Centre.  http://www.town.aurora.on.ca/aurora/farmersmarket

Downtown Stouffville Farmers’ Market, May 10 – October 4.  Thursdays, 2pm-7pm.  Located at Park Drive and Main Street (for geographic reference, between Ninth Line and Tenth Line). http://www.townofws.com/farmersmarket.asp

Hillcrest Mall Farmers’ Market, May 2 – October 28.  Wednesdays, 10am-6pm and Sundays, 9am-5pm.  West parking lot outside of The Bay (facing Carrville Rd) at Hillcrest Mall, located at 9350 Yonge Street and 16th Ave/Carrville Rd (16th Ave. becomes Carrville west of Yonge Street).  http://onrichmondhill.com/events.php?id=13831

Main Street Markham Farmers’ Market, May 12 – September 29.  Saturdays, 8am-1pm.  Located on the outdoor terrace at 132 Robinson Street and Markham Road (Main Street Markham North), just north of Highway 7 in Old Markham Village.  There are free parking lots in the area behind many of the retail storefronts, the closest being the parking lot behind Scotiabank.  http://www.mainstreetmarkham.com/page.asp?pageid=5

Food Festivals and Events

Tour de Dufflet, every day during the month of June, except Mondays.  10am-7pm from Tuesday – Saturday, 12pm-5pm on Sundays.  All 3 participating Dufflet locations (787 Queen Street West at Dufflet Downtown, 2638 Yonge Street at Dufflet Uptown, and 1917 Queen Street East at Dufflet Beaches).  $5 registration fee, all proceeds go toward Toronto Cyclists Union.  Have your cake and bike with it too!

In support of Toronto Bike Month, Tour de Dufflet is back for another year with tasty treats to keep you pedaling!  Bike to any one of Dufflet’s 3 locations in the city to register and to receive your first Tour de Dufflet passport stamp where you’ll be rewarded with a souvenir and refreshments!  Bike to all 3 locations during the month to receive all 3 stamps for your chance to win the grand prize!  Exercise, tour the city on bike, and have a sweet treat while you’re at it!  http://tourdedufflet.blogspot.ca/2012/04/eat-more-cake-ride-more-bike-2012.html

20th Annual Korean Dano Spring Festival, June 1 & 2.  3pm-11pm on Friday, 11am-11pm on Saturday.  Christie Pits Park at Christie St. and Bloor Street West in Korea Town.  FREE.  In honour of the 5th day of May on the Lunar Calendar, the Korean Dano Spring Festival is a spiritual and cultural celebration, acknowledging ancient sacrificial rituals and practices, and Korean heritage.  Enjoy Korean food, art, music, dance, demos, and more at this event!  http://www.koreandanospringfestival.com/index.htm

2nd Annual Polylicious – An Evening of Food, Flavours, and Fun From Around the World, June 2.  5:30pm-9pm.  400 Jarvis St. at Canada’s National Ballet School.  $100/person.  Presented by Polycultural Immigrant and Cultural Services and hosted by Food Network star, Bal Arneson, Polylicious is a fundraising initiative that seeks to explore and showcase the diversity of culture and cuisine present in our immigrant community while highlighting skills, talents, and positive contributions made by our immigrant population.  http://www.polycultural.org/polylicious/index.html

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Afternoon Tea at The Cookbook Store, June 2.  2pm-4pm.  850 Yonge Street at the corner of Yonge St. and Yorkville Ave.  FREE.  In honour her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, The Cookbook Store is going all out with an afternoon tea spread fit for a queen!  Enjoy scones, tea sandwiches, pastries, and tea, and feel free to bring along some favourite tea treats of your own to share!  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

Tastings at the Market at Evergreen Brick Works, June 2.  10am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  During the spring and summer months, Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a series of free sample tastings every Saturday, profiling one Evergreen’s tasty food producers and vendors.  Come for the food and learn about local food and their producers while you’re at it!   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/evergreen-garden-market/events#tastings

Toronto Veggie Pride Parade, June 2.  12pm-3:30pm (line-up for parade begins at 11:30am).  Yonge Street, downtown Toronto.  FREE.  The 3rd annual ‘Get Your Veg On’ festival is back for another year!  Starting at Yonge & Bloor by the Toronto Reference Library, the parade will descend on Yonge Street for several hours, ending at Trinity Square by Yonge & Dundas/Eaton Centre by 4pm, where everyone can feast on veggie food and have a great time.  Join the parade and show your support!  http://veggieprideparade.ca/

World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, June 2 & 3.  12pm-8pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  The World Café is back for another hot, sizzling summer of ethnic eats!  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  The World Café offers a selection of up to 6 different vendors every weekend, so if you like what you see (and taste), come back to try different things on different weekends!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3892

“Why I’m Veg Week!” by the Toronto Vegetarian Association, June 2-7.  Daily events throughout the week (click on link below for a full list of details!).  For the first time ever, the TVA is making the first week of June “Why I’m Veg Week” in support of vegetarians, vegans, and raw foodists all across the city and beyond.  The week is jam-packed with a slew of food events, seminars, and workshops including the Toronto Veggie Pride Parade to kick off the week, a Green Goddess cooking class, and more!  http://veg.ca/content/view/1214/205/

EnCHANTed Evening: Meditation, Live Music, and Vegetarian Meal, June 3.  6pm-8pm.  Trinity-St. Paul’s Church at 427 Bloor St. West.  Relax and rejuvenate during a Sunday evening group meditation gathering.  Meet new people, make some friends, and enjoy a vegetarian meal (egg-free with vegan options).  http://veg.ca/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10669/

Maizal Quesadilla Café Shop Opening, June 5.  11am-7pm.  133 Jefferson Ave.  Cost of food.  Gabriela of Toronto’s Chocosol Tortilla Project is opening up her very own corn tortilla and quesadilla café this week!  After a number of appearances at the Toronto Office Markets and other events, Gabriela will be offering her amazing organic corn tortillas and eats 7 days a week!  The café will be open from Monday to Friday from 11am-7pm, Saturday from 10am-10pm, and Sunday from 10am-2pm.  WEEKEND BRUNCH AVAILABLE.

Hart House Bike Month Breakfast at University of Toronto, June 6.  7:30am-9:30am.  7 Hart House Circle on the Arbor Room patio.  FREE.  The Hart House is located just off of Tower Rd., southwest of Hoskin Ave. and Queens Park Cres.  As part of the city’s eco-friendly and heart-healthy Bike Month initiative, The Hart House is hosting a FREE breakfast, so rev and fuel up for the morning with other cyclists and morning birds!  http://www.harthouse.ca/student-engagement/bike-month-breakfast

The Stop Community’s “Big Night at the Green Barn” at Wychwood Barns, June 6.  6pm reception, 7pm dinner.  601 Christie St.  $200/person, $2000 for tables of 10.  Hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre, The Big Night is The Stop’s 3rd annual local culinary celebration of growing and sharing local culinary talent and local, good food.  Along with a special appearance by David Rocco, guests will be presented with a 4-course dinner menu of Italian, Nonna-inspired dishes prepared by some of the city’s top chefs.  Proceeds go toward The Stop’s Green Barn and food programs, encouraging and fostering the growth of good food and relationships in the community.  http://www.bignight.thestop.org/

Macarons Demonstration With Mardi Michels at The Cookbook Store, June 7.  7pm.  Rosemill Kitchen Studio at 1 Yorkville Ave., right beside The Cookbook Store.  $20/person, includes a copy of Irresistible Macarons.  Please call The Cookbook Store (416) 920-2665 or drop by the store at 850 Yonge Street to reserve.  TO’s macaron maven, FBC’s co-founder, and the woman behind Les Petit Chefs, Mardi Michels, is back for another round of macaron madness!  This workshop and demo will teach you the basics and intricacies of macaron making.  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

Tastings at the Market at Evergreen Brick Works, June 9.  10am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  During the spring and summer months, Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a series of free sample tastings every Saturday, profiling one Evergreen’s tasty food producers and vendors.  Come for the food and learn about local food and their producers while you’re at it!   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/evergreen-garden-market/events#tastings

1000 Tastes of Toronto at The Distillery District, June 9 & 10.  12pm-9pm on both days.  The Historic Distillery District, bordered by Parliament St. to the west, Mill St. to the north, Cherry St. to the east, and the Gardiner Expressway to the south.  Admission is FREE, while ALL food items are priced at $5.  As part of Toronto’s annual Luminato festival of arts and culture and Luminato’s Food Program, 1000 Tastes of Toronto kicks off the opening weekend, showcasing the cultural diversity of Toronto’s culinary landscape with over 40 of the city’s most delectable and creative restaurants and chefs offering a range of food items priced at $5 a pop.  http://www.luminato.com/events/1000tastes/

Toronto Carretilla Initiative, June 9 – 17.  The Distillery District on June 9 & 10, David Pecaut Square from June 10 – 15 and 17, and Evergreen Brick Works on June 16.  FREE.  As part of Luminato’s festival of arts and culture and Food Program, Toronto welcomes Austrian artist Rainer Prohaska who, literally, mixes food with art with “disposable” and time-sensitive life-size art installations solely centered on food and the eating experience.  Each installation invites the public to engage in a meal and a communal experience, and after the day is done, the installation is taken down, leaving everyone with only the memory of the delectable meal.  http://www.luminato.com/events/carretilla/

Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival, June 9 & 10.  10am-8pm on Saturday, 10am-4pm on Sunday.  918 Bathurst Street, north of Bloor Street West.  FREE.  Devoted to the eco-friendly, cruelty-free, and heart-healthy, the Toronto Raw & Vegan Festival is back for another year with more food, samples, talks, workshops, and green living tips!  Enjoy raw and vegan food samples and demos by chefs and restaurants around the city while your peruse booths of eco-friendly products, cruelty-free clothing and cosmetics, and listen in on health speakers all throughout the weekend!  http://www.torontorawveganfestival.com/default.aspx

World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, June 9 & 10.  12pm-8pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  The World Café is back for another hot, sizzling summer of ethnic eats!  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  The World Café offers a selection of up to 6 different vendors every weekend, so if you like what you see (and taste), come back to try different things on different weekends!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3893

EnCHANTed Evening: Meditation, Live Music, and Vegetarian Meal, June 10.  6pm-8pm.  Trinity-St. Paul’s Church at 427 Bloor St. West.  Relax and rejuvenate during a Sunday evening group meditation gathering.  Meet new people, make some friends, and enjoy a vegetarian meal (egg-free with vegan options).  http://veg.ca/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10669/

The Stop’s Beer Garden, June 10.  1pm-5pm.  601 Christie St. at The Stop’s Green Barn in the Sheltered Garden at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  FREE admission with beer and food tickets available for purchase on site at the event.  Relish in the season’s warm beginnings with The Stop’s series of outdoor beer and stout tasting events.  Relax as you discover new breweries and a plethora of new snacks and nibbles!  Learn the ins and outs of brewing, malts and stouts, and some of the province’s finest purveyors.  http://thestop.org/event/10-jun-2012

Preserving With Sarah Hood at The Cookbook Store, June 13.  7pm.  Rosemill Kitchen Studio at 1 Yorkville Ave., right beside The Cookbook Store.  $30/person, includes Sarah Hood’s book We Sure Can!  Please call The Cookbook Store (416) 920-2665 or drop by the store at 850 Yonge Street to reserve.  Come on out for this informative info session and demo devoted to the art of preserving as Sarah Hood demonstrates how to make and preserve applesauce and discusses the basics of preserving, including materials and tools needed and how to troubleshoot safety issues.  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

Pollinators Festival at Evergreen Brick Works, June 16.  8am-2pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  Come to EBW to celebrate International Pollinators Week!  With honey sample tastings, seminars concerning pollinating habitats and ecosystems, garden markets, photography exhibits, gardening workshops, and more, this is a jam-packed educational, tasty opportunity to learn about a vital part of our food ecosystem.  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/pollinators-festival

Tastings at the Market at Evergreen Brick Works, June 16.  10am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  During the spring and summer months, Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a series of free sample tastings every Saturday, profiling one Evergreen’s tasty food producers and vendors.  Come for the food and learn about local food and their producers while you’re at it!   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/evergreen-garden-market/events#tastings

World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, June 16 & 17.  12pm-8pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  The World Café is back for another hot, sizzling summer of ethnic eats!  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  The World Café offers a selection of up to 6 different vendors every weekend, so if you like what you see (and taste), come back to try different things on different weekends!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3764

Bikes, BBQ, and Beer: Ride The Ravines Afterparty at Evergreen Brick Works, June 17.  12pm-4pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  Cost of food: $5-$10 for food, $6 for beer.  Join cyclists and families for this joint cycling afterparty and Father’s Day BBQ and beer event!  Nosh on succulent BBQ delights by Death Row Meals and cool down with a beer provided by Amsterdam Brewing Co. and organized by Brewer’s Backyard!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/bikes-bbq-beer

EnCHANTed Evening: Meditation, Live Music, and Vegetarian Meal, June 17.  6pm-8pm.  Trinity-St. Paul’s Church at 427 Bloor St. West.  Relax and rejuvenate during a Sunday evening group meditation gathering.  Meet new people, make some friends, and enjoy a vegetarian meal (egg-free with vegan options).  http://veg.ca/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10669/

The Stop’s Night Market, June 20.  7pm.  Laneway and parking lot by Honest Ed’s located at 581 Bloor Street West at Bathurst St.  $50/person, includes food and drink, tickets go on sale May 28!  Inspired by the myriad of Asian and international street night markets around the world, The Stop brings the excitement, sights, smells, and tastes to one of Toronto’s most iconic landmarks with a hopping night market of street food, art, music, and dance that’s sure to delight the tastebuds and senses!  Celebrate summer and party into the wee hours of the morning.  http://thestop.org/event/20-jun-2012

A South African Celebration at Evergreen Brick Works, June 21.  6pm-10pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  $175/person.  Presented by The Canadian South African Network and in support of ZimArt, an organization devoted to providing children and orphans with HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe with classrooms and education, EBW is hosting an evening of food, dance, music, and South African culture including South African wines, tastings, and traditional food.   http://guestlistapp.com/events/100614

The Stop Community Food Centre’s Food for Change at Wychwood Barns, June 21.  601 Christie St.  $75 for the meal, $120 with wine pairings.  Hosted by The Stop Community Food Centre, Food for Change is a monthly, intimate, dining event that showcases delicious, local, sustainable food, complete with a 5-course meal prepared and cooked by Stop chefs and budding culinary talents around the city.  Proceeds from this event support The Stop’s food programs that fight hunger and promote positive change toward great accessibility to food in communities.  http://thestop.org/event/21-jun-2012

Toronto Vegetarian Association Dinner Social Group, June 21.  7pm-9pm.  Teatree Café and Eatery at 867 Danforth Ave, east of Jones.  Cost of food.  Enjoy delicious vegetarian food and great conversation and discussion with foodies, vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and TVA members!  All are welcome.  Please RSVP by the Wednesday before each event at: tvadinner@veg.ca or by phone: 416-544-9800. Seating is limited.  http://veg.ca/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10760/

World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, June 22 – 24.  6pm-11pm on Friday, 12pm-11pm on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  The World Café is back for another hot, sizzling summer of ethnic eats!  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  The World Café offers a selection of up to 6 different vendors every weekend, so if you like what you see (and taste), come back to try different things on different weekends!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3888

Francolicious at The Harbourfront Centre, June 23.  5pm-7pm.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  As part of Toronto’s Franco-Fête International Francophone Festival, Francolicious celebrates the culinary delights of the French!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3922

Tastings at the Market at Evergreen Brick Works, June 23.  10am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  During the spring and summer months, Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a series of free sample tastings every Saturday, profiling one Evergreen’s tasty food producers and vendors.  Come for the food and learn about local food and their producers while you’re at it!   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/evergreen-garden-market/events#tastings

Taste of Asia, June 23 & 24.  12pm-12am on Saturday, 12pm-6pm on Sunday.  Street festival at the corner of Kennedy Rd. and Steeles Ave. East right outside Market Village and Pacific Mall.  FREE.  Hosted by the Federation of Chinese Canadians in Markham (FCCM), the Association of Progressive Muslims in Toronto (APMO), and the Town (soon-to-be city!) of Markham, Taste of Asia is back for another year!  This cultural celebration of Asian food and culture featuring live music and dance performances will be dishing out the food and samples all weekend long!  http://www.guidingstar.ca/Taste_of_Asia.htm

EnCHANTed Evening: Meditation, Live Music, and Vegetarian Meal, June 24.  6pm-8pm.  Trinity-St. Paul’s Church at 427 Bloor St. West.  Relax and rejuvenate during a Sunday evening group meditation gathering.  Meet new people, make some friends, and enjoy a vegetarian meal (egg-free with vegan options).  http://veg.ca/component/option,com_jcalpro/Itemid,150/extmode,view/extid,10669/

World Café at the Harbourfront Centre, June 29 – July 2.  6pm-12am on Friday, 12pm-12am on Saturday, 12pm-12am on Sunday, 12pm-8pm on Monday.  235 Queens Quay West at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace.  Cost of food.  The World Café is back for another hot, sizzling summer of ethnic eats!  Satisfy the tastebuds with Thai, Mexican, Caribbean, Indian, Chinese, vegetarian, or a mish-mash of everything.  The World Café offers a selection of up to 6 different vendors every weekend, so if you like what you see (and taste), come back to try different things on different weekends!  http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/food.cfm?id=3798

Tastings at the Market at Evergreen Brick Works, June 30.  10am-1pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  FREE.  During the spring and summer months, Evergreen Brick Works will be hosting a series of free sample tastings every Saturday, profiling one Evergreen’s tasty food producers and vendors.  Come for the food and learn about local food and their producers while you’re at it!   http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/evergreen-garden-market/events#tastings

Wine, Beer, and Spirits

The Stop’s Beer Garden, June 10.  1pm-5pm.  601 Christie St. at The Stop’s Green Barn in the Sheltered Garden at Artscape Wychwood Barns.  FREE admission with beer and food tickets available for purchase on site at the event.  Relish in the season’s warm beginnings with The Stop’s series of outdoor beer and stout tasting events.  Relax as you discover new breweries and a plethora of new snacks and nibbles!  Learn the ins and outs of brewing, malts and stouts, and some of the province’s finest purveyors.  http://thestop.org/event/10-jun-2012

Couples Cooking Class: Cooking With Beer and Food at Aphrodite Cooks, June 16.  6:30pm-10pm. 201 Weston Rd.  $200 +HST/couple.  In this class, learn how to use this popular beverage to flavour a variety of dishes in this interactive cooking class and beer tasting event!  Beer professor, Roger Mittag, will guide participants through the ins and outs of all things beer and food.  Menu includes stilton cheese puffs, beer and coffee marinated steak, chocolate stout cake, and MUCH more!  http://www.aphroditecooks.com/cooking_classes/class_detail.php?cid=54

Bikes, BBQ, and Beer: Ride The Ravines Afterparty at Evergreen Brick Works, June 17.  12pm-4pm.  550 Bayview Ave.  Cost of food: $5-$10 for food, $6 for beer.  Join cyclists and families for this joint cycling afterparty and Father’s Day BBQ and beer event!  Nosh on succulent BBQ delights by Death Row Meals and cool down with a beer provided by Amsterdam Brewing Co. and organized by Brewer’s Backyard!  http://ebw.evergreen.ca/whats-on/special-events/bikes-bbq-beer

Cooking Classes, Demonstrations, and Seminars

Don’t Have a Cow: How Eating Veg Can Save the Planet, June 5.  6:30pm-8:15pm.  1806 Islington Ave. at Richview Library in Etobicoke.  FREE.  As part of the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s “Why I’m Veg Week”, Richview is hosting this 2-hour seminar on the health and environmental benefits of eating less meat, becoming vegetarian or vegan, and introducing more plant-based foods into our diets.  Snacks and refreshments provided.  http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDM109582&R=109582

Olive Oil Baking Class at Olive and Olives, June 6.  7pm-9pm.  779 Queen Street East, just east of Broadview Ave. in Toronto’s Riverside district.  $45 +HST/person.  Olive oil isn’t just for savoury foods!  Olive oil lends a completely different dimension of flavour, moistness, and texture to baked goods, so at this class learn how to use and bake with olive oil at this special baking class led by Chef Logan, leading pastry chef at Nota Bene!  http://www.oliveolives.com/en/workshops/information-and-dates.html

Macarons Demonstration With Mardi Michels at The Cookbook Store, June 7.  7pm.  Rosemill Kitchen Studio at 1 Yorkville Ave., right beside The Cookbook Store.  $20/person, includes a copy of Irresistible Macarons.  Please call The Cookbook Store (416) 920-2665 or drop by the store at 850 Yonge Street to reserve.  TO’s macaron maven, FBC’s co-founder, and the woman behind Les Petit Chefs, Mardi Michels, is back for another round of macaron madness!  This workshop and demo will teach you the basics and intricacies of macaron making.  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

Summertime Grilling at The Chef Upstairs, June 12.  6:30pm-9:30pm.  615 Mount Pleasant Rd.  $99 +HST/person OR $149.50 +HST for two.  Fire up the barbeque and celebrate grilling season with a class devoted to the charred and juicy!  Menu features grilled ribs, salmon, and steak.  http://www.thechefupstairs.com/cooking_classes.html

Preserving With Sarah Hood at The Cookbook Store, June 13.  7pm.  Rosemill Kitchen Studio at 1 Yorkville Ave., right beside The Cookbook Store.  $30/person, includes Sarah Hood’s book We Sure Can!  Please call The Cookbook Store (416) 920-2665 or drop by the store at 850 Yonge Street to reserve.  Come on out for this informative info session and demo devoted to the art of preserving as Sarah Hood demonstrates how to make and preserve applesauce and discusses the basics of preserving, including materials and tools needed and how to troubleshoot safety issues.  http://www.cook-book.com/events/index.html

Couples Cooking Class: Cooking With Beer and Food at Aphrodite Cooks, June 16.  6:30pm-10pm. 201 Weston Rd.  $200 +HST/couple.  Aphrodite Cooking classes mix both pleasure and education as classes provide participants with an atmosphere to socialize and mingle with other couples while at the same time enjoying food and obtaining and sharpening cooking skills.

In this class, learn how to use this popular beverage to flavour a variety of dishes in this interactive cooking class and beer tasting event!  Beer professor, Roger Mittag, will guide participants through the ins and outs of all things beer and food.  Menu includes stilton cheese puffs, beer and coffee marinated steak, chocolate stout cake, and MUCH more!  http://www.aphroditecooks.com/cooking_classes/class_detail.php?cid=54

“To the Beach!” Introduction to Cookie Decorating at Le Dolci, June 17.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Grab a beach towel and sand pail because you’re going to a beach party – a cookie beach party!  Bask in the warmth of summer and fresh sugar cookies as you learn the basics of cookie decorating (flood icing, piping, mixing mediums, and more) using professional decorating tools.  In the end, take home all your sweet and delicious summer creations!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Seniors Day: Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, June 20.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 + HST/person.  Who says cupcakes are only for kids?  Le Dolci is hosting a special Seniors Day cupcake class!  Use tools and cupcake decorations like fondant, frosting, candies, and other confections to create one dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Decorate your cupcakes to look like animals, flowers, food, and anything else your heart desires!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Cake Pop Making and Decorating Class at Le Dolci, June 24.  1pm-3pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Celebrate summer with cake pops!  Use moist, delicious balls of cake and frosting to make fun, colourful cake pops using melted candy melts, sprinkles, icing, and more!  Dunk and sprinkle your cake pops to your heart’s content and take home a dozen beautiful cake pops to devour after class!  http://ledolci.com/class-descriptions/

Marvelous Macarons at Le Dolci, June 26.  7pm-9pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Join Le Dolci’s new macaron maven, Maddy, in this introductory class to macaron making heaven.  Learn about macaron ingredients, how to properly mix macaron batter, piping techniques, and bake your very own delicate macaron shells along with mouthwatering fillings!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Mummy/Daddy & Me Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, June 27.  10am-12pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST per mummy/daddy & child pair.  It’s summer in the city and we know what that means: we need to keep our wee ones entertained and occupied!  Join other mums and dads at this kid-friendly cupcake decorating class meant for parents who want to do something fun and creative (and very tasty!) with their little ones.  Use tools and cupcake decorations like fondant, frosting, candies, and other confections to create one dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  Decorate your cupcakes to look like animals, flowers, food, and anything else your heart desires!  http://ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Canadiana Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, June 29.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Perfect for tourists (and locals who want to get in touch with their inner Canadian!), this introduction to cupcake decorating class will focus on creating delicious and creative cupcakes that don some of Canada’s most beloved and well-known symbols including the maple leaf, the beaver, the and more!  Use fondant, buttercream, sprinkles, and professional tools to create a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Introduction to Cupcake Decorating at Le Dolci, June 30.  2pm-4pm.  1006 Dundas Street West.  $80 +HST/person.  Get creative this summer and decorate a dozen delicious vanilla cupcakes to take home among like-minded sweet tooths and icing sugar queens!  Use fondant, buttercream frosting, and special cutters and professional tools to create flowers, animals, swirls, and whatever your heart desires!  http://www.ledolci.com/class-schedule/

Thanks to Debra Wong from Ate By Ate for compiling the event listings for Toronto

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