Lip-smack­ing fes­ti­vals for every kind of foodie

Sat­isfy sum­mer crav­ings with siz­zling and scrump­tious eats

Toronto Star - - SUMMER GUIDE - TANYA ENBERG SPE­CIAL TO THE STAR

Toronto Life Dough­nut Fes­ti­val Ex­pect a ma­jor sugar rush test­ing out a se­lec­tion of doughy sweet­ness made by some of the city’s top dough­nut mak­ers at the first Dough­nut Fes­ti­val.

Added bonus: Many tick­ets in­clude a six-pack to go. When: June 25, Noon to 4 p.m. Where: Duf­ferin Mall (900 Duf­ferin St.) Cost: $5-$30 Toronto Rib Fest Sum­mer’s stick­i­est, sauci­est af­fair re­turns with drool­wor­thy serv­ings from some of the city’s best BBQ pros. The four-day fest brings live per­for­mances, ac­tiv­i­ties for the kids and a fire­works show in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada’s 150th. When: June 30-July 1 Where: Eto­bi­coke Cen­ten­nial Park (256 Cen­ten­nial Park Rd.) Cost: $2 at the gate (park­ing, bands and en­ter­tain­ment and Kid­sZone are free), varies by food ven­dor (cash only, ATMs on site) toron­toribfest.com Sum­mer­li­cious Taste your way through the city’s eclec­tic resto scene as more than 200 eater­ies gear up to serve in­cred­i­ble three-course, prix-fixe meals at great prices at one of the most pop­u­lar culi­nary events of the sum­mer. When: July 7-23 (reser­va­tions be­gin June 22) Where: Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions Cost: Lunch, $18-$28; Din­ner, $28-$48. toronto.com/events/sum­mer­li­cious/ T.O. Food Fest Sam­ple Toronto’s im­pres­sive food di­ver­sity with an ar­ray of sig­na­ture dishes made by es­tab­lished and emerg­ing chefs. Try savoury meat­balls, suc­cu­lent slid­ers as well as piz­zas tossed to del­i­cate, thin­crust per­fec­tion be­fore top­ping up on a va­ri­ety of sat­is­fy­ing sweet-tooth se­lec­tions. When: July 9, noon to 6 p.m. Where: Chi­nese Cul­tural Cen­tre of Greater Toronto (5183 Shep­pard Av­enue E.) Cost: Ad­mis­sion is free but a $2 do­na­tion is en­cour­aged to­food­fest.com Toronto Food Truck Fes­ti­val Sat­isfy a sloppy food fix with gourmet burgs fresh off the grill, deca­dent pou­tine and other belly-pleas­ing cre­ations when dozens of food trucks pull up and park in one con­ve­nient spot to dish out tasty take­away eats sure to please every palate. When: Aug. 4-7 Where: Wood­bine Park (1695 Queen St. E.) Cost: Free cana­di­an­foodtruck­fes­ti­vals.com Taste of India Food Fes­ti­val Take in the mouth-wa­ter­ing aro­mas and won­der­fully, lay­ered flavours de­riv­ing from del­i­cate and ro­bust recipes at a true epi­curean fest for the senses. En­joy sam­ples, catch a cook­ing demo and get in the spirit with vi­brant cul­tural per­for­mances. When: Aug. 5 (10 a.m.-10 p.m.) Where: Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen St. W.) Cost: Free Taste of the Dan­forth For­get the say­ing, “it’s all Greek to me,” here. While there’s still plenty of Greek food to be found at the an­nual fest that at­tracts 1.65 mil­lion rev­ellers, amid the grilled meats, feta-coated fries and ad­dic­tively gooey honey balls is a grow­ing pres­ence of gas­tro pubs, Ital­ian eater­ies and glob­ally-in­spired fare all tak­ing part in this friendly neigh­bour­hood event. When: Aug. 11-13 Where: Dan­forth Av­enue from Broad­view to Jones Aves. Cost: En­try free tas­te­ofthedan­forth.com Jerk Fest Experience a jour­ney of Caribbean flavours at a lively sum­mer fest.

For the truly brave and cu­ri­ous spec­ta­tors alike check out the hot and spicy jerk chicken com­pe­ti­tion where mouths are sure to be burn­ing. When: Aug. 10-13 Where: Cen­ten­nial Park (256 Cen­tenni- al Park Rd.) Cost: Free jerk­fes­ti­val.ca Big Feas­t­i­val Watch cook­ing demos, pre­pare a meal along­side celebrity a chef, and sat­isfy your culi­nary crav­ings while rock­ing out to live per­for­mances at this fam­i­lyfriendly mu­sic and food fest hail­ing from the U.K., a con­cept cre­ated by health­con­scious, world-fa­mous chef, Jamie Oliver.

Hit­ting the main stage is Weezer, Ben Harper, the Strum­bel­las, and De La Soul, among others. When: Aug. 18-20 Where: Burl’s Creek, Oro-Men­donte Cost: Adult day tick­ets, $96.05 (plus a $13 fee); Kids Free 12 and un­der, free the­bigfeast­i­val.ca Toronto Ve­gan Food Fes­ti­val Wrap up a sea­son packed with food fests with yummy ve­gan com­fort food.

With ven­dors sell­ing thick, stacked burg­ers, deep-fried pickles on a stick, lips­mack­ing mac and cheese drip­ping in sauces and pas­tries ga­lore, be sure to ar­rive with a big, grumbly tummy and con­sider wear­ing a pair of loose pants. When: Aug. 19 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) Where: Fort York Gar­ri­son Com­mon (250 Fort York Blvd.) Cost: Adults, $10 (early bird price); Free for kids 12 and un­der ac­com­pa­nied by an adult ve­gan­drink­fest.com

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