Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 16 to 22

Weekly Eater: Toronto food events for July 16 to 22

The crowd at the Hot and Spicy Food Festival, which takes place this weekend (Image: Tsar Kasim) 

Monday, July 16

  • 86’D With Ivy Knight: Join scotch makers Bowmore and Oyster Boy and the Canadian Professional Bartenders Association for the Oyster of Good Cheer, with top bartenders showcasing their Bowmore cocktails alongside freshly shucked oysters. The Drake, 1150 Queen St. W., 416-531-5042. Find out more »
  • Thirsty and Miserable: A Beer Class: Join certified Cicerone Mirella Amato for a guided tasting of six delicious beers. Learn about the various flavours in beer and where they come from. Good Egg, 197 Baldwin St., 416-593-4663. Find out more »
  • Grillin’ and Chillin’ Barbecue Cooking Class and Pig Roast: Learn to barbecue like a pro with pitmaster Jason Rees of the renowned Pork Ninjas Barbecue Team and the Culinary Adventure Company. Fuel House, 53 Clinton St., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Piola’s Monday Night Mixer: Piola’s weekly aperitivo italiano, with cocktail and beer specials and complimentary snacks. 1165 Queen St. W., 416-477-4652. Find out more »
  • An Introduction to Wine Appreciation: An LCBO-led tasting and lecture that will demystify the wine world. This degustation will focus on the four principal wine categories: white, red, sparkling and fortified. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Locavore Food Camp: A five-day program that offers city kids a variety of hands-on opportunities designed to increase their physical fitness and help them understand the importance of making healthy food choices. July 16 to 20. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »


Tuesday, July 17

  • Dishcrawl—Blue Plate, Bacon Heaven: Eat your way through bacon dinners all over the city with Dishcrawl. Tonight, chef Julia Young features her bacon-laden menu at Blue Plate. 392 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-7500. Find out more »
  • Escape the City—Canoe and Beach Dining Adventure: Paddle to the island with the Culinary Adventure Company for a gourmet beach picnic. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Alfresco Cocktail Party: Enjoy a bite-sized menu designed by Chef Paula Bambrick that will marry well with cocktails. The offerings will include marinated goat cheese, grilled swordfish and pineapple skewers with Asian pesto, gazpacho shooters and mini crab cakes with lime aïoli and sweet chili sauce. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Simple and Elegant Italian: Chef Albert Ponzo of Le Sélect Bistro serves up a simple yet elegant Italian summer meal. On the menu: albacore tuna with radicchio agrodolce, heirloom tomatoes with fregola pasta, goat cheese and basil, vitello tonnato and dessert. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Family Pizza Nights: Join Evergreen and Pizzeria Libretto for fresh, homemade pizzas from their wood-fired oven. All proceeds benefit Evergreen’s children’s food programs in Chimney Court. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

Wednesday, July 18

  • A Chef’s Tour of Little Italy: Join the Culinary Adventure Company on a behind-the-scenes tour of Little Italy’s finest kitchens. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Mommy and Me! Introduction to Cupcake Decorating: Get creative with your little ones by learning how to make fun shapes out of fondant and pipe with buttercream. Le Dolci, 1006 Dundas St. W., 416-262-3400. Find out more »
  • Vintages Sneak Peak: An expert product consultant presents a selection of fine wines for sampling from the upcoming Vintages release. Kingsway LCBO, 2946 Bloor St. W., 416-239-3065. Find out more »
  • Introduction to Beer Styles: Move over wine pairings, beer can be an excellent food companion, too. An expert presents a selection of some of world’s best beers to highlight flavour nuances and compare different styles. LCBO Summerhill, 10 Scrivener Sq., 416-922-0403. Find out more »
  • Sausage-Making Workshop: Impress your friends by throwing homemade sausages on the barbecue! Join chef and butcher Kyle Demming, co-owner of Sausage Partners, to learn the tricks of the trade. Sausage Partners, 1378 Queen St. E., 416-565-1730. Find out more »

Thursday, July 19

  • Little India Food and Cultural Walking Tour: Learn about Indian culture and explore the restaurants, markets and food shops of this neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Food for Change: The Stop’s chef Chris Brown prepares a delicious multi-course meal featuring local, sustainable ingredients with wine pairings by Flat Rock Cellars, all in support of The Stop’s innovative food access programs. The Green Barn, 601 Christie St., 416-652-1602 ext. 236. Find out more »
  • Exploring the Wines of the World: Taste a flight of six wines from around the world with the Global Wine Tour. The Fine Wine Reserve, King and Spadina. 416-909-0460. Find out more»
  • Lobster Love: For $39, fans of this year’s top crustacean get a boiled lobster, lobster roll or lobster thermidor, along with some sides and a cold bottle of Keith’s. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »

Friday, July 20

  • Hot and Spicy Food Festival: A smoking-hot exploration of culinary arts and culture. Highlights include a performance by French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux, the ninth Annual Iron Chef Competition and the Taco Takedown competition. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre. Find out more »
  • Acadia One-Year Anniversary Prix Fixe: In celebration of its first birthday, Acadia will be featuring a special four-course meal for $49. Acadia, 50C Clinton St., 416-792-6002. Find out more »
  • Summer Fling With Chef Maggie Grant: A hands-on workshop featuring a no-fuss, sophisticated approach to celebrating summer’s bounty. Menu includes grilled haloumi with figs and nectarines, Mexican corn on the cob, grilled halibut with aji verde and lemon crème fraîche ice cream. Dish Cooking Studio, 390 Dupont St., 416-920-5559. Find out more »
  • World Café at the Harbourfront Centre: Returning for 2012. Enjoy a variety of ethnic treats from vendors that change every weekend. This weekend: delights from Aqui Columbia, Malaysian Kitchen, Mi Lindo Ecuador, Taste of India and One Love Vegetarian. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre, Lakeside Terrace. Find out more »
  • Bar Gilead Series: A Friday evening series at Jamie Kennedy’s Gilead focused on exploring tapas and cocktails. 4 Gilead Pl., 647-288-0680. Find out more »

Saturday, July 21

  • West End Food Co-op Special Preview: WEFC hosts an open house to showcase their newly renovated food hub, to open officially this fall. 1229 Queen St. W. Find out more »
  • Roncesvalles Food Tour: Spend an afternoon in one of Toronto’s hippest neighbourhoods with a guided tour by Foodies on Foot, featuring visits to historical points of interest and tastings in shops. Find out more »
  • Discover Greektown on the Danforth Walking Tour: Explore this quickly changing neighbourhood with the Culinary Adventure Company. Sample some Greek mezes, indulge in Greek wine tasting and find the perfect addition to your kitchen while gourmet shopping. Culinary Adventure Co., 416-565-1730. Find out more »
  • Stop Market Café: Enjoy a weekly meal sourced from ingredients found at the adjacent farmers’ market. Proceeds from the sales of food at the café are reinvested in The Stop’s programs. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green Barn, 601 Christie St. Find out more »
  • Chocolate and Cheese Crawl: Why choose one when you can have both? ChowBella Culinary Experiences hosts a chocolate and cheese tour of Queen and King West’s food shopsFind out more »
  • Hands in the Bowl: The Evergreen Brick Works invites children (ages four to seven) and their caregivers to roll up their sleeves and learn how to mix, grate, mash and then eat their delicious creations—using only their hands. Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave. Find out more »
  • Cookie Indulgence: Learn to make beautiful cookies, like South American dulce de leche–filled alfajores, Austrian linzer cookies and Italian pesche. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Hot and Spicy Food Festival: A smoking-hot exploration of culinary arts and culture. Highlights include a performance by French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux, the ninth Annual Iron Chef Competition and the Taco Takedown competition. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre. Find out more »
  • Acadia One-Year Anniversary Prix Fixe: In celebration of its first birthday, Acadia will be featuring a special four-course meal for $49. Acadia, 50C Clinton St., 416-792-6002. Find out more »
  • Toronto Girls’ Cupcake Ride: A women-only ride from Tori’s Bakeshop in Leslieville to Trinity-Bellwoods’ Le Dolci. 2188 Queen St. E. Find out more »

Sunday, July 22

  • West Queen West Tasting Tour: Join ChowBella founder Trina Hendry for a food-focused tour of the burgeoning westernmost strip of Queen Street. You’ll be treated to a tea demonstration, an olive tasting and a sampling of Parisian delights, among other gourmet goodies. Find out more »
  • Parisian Macaron: Learn to make delicate macarons filled with buttercream, jam and ganache. Bonnie Gordon College, 868 Eglinton Ave. W., 416-440-0333. Find out more »
  • Rusholme Park Supper Club: Emily Zimmerman presents Summer Lovin’, a meal to highlight Ontario’s glorious summer bounty, with dishes like stuffed summer vegetables with arugula pesto, savoury buckwheat crêpes and cherry-berry cupcake trifle. The Depanneur, 1033 College St., 416-828-1990. Find out more »
  • The Stop’s Beer Garden: This week, beer by Steam Whistle and food by Esé. Green Barn, 601 Christie St. Find out more»
  • Hot and Spicy Food Festival: A smoking-hot exploration of culinary arts and culture. Highlights include a performance by French-Chilean hip-hop artist Ana Tijoux, the ninth Annual Iron Chef Competition and the Taco Takedown competition. 235 Queens Quay W. at the Harbourfront Centre. Find out more »

Farmers’ Markets:

  • Sorauren Farmers’ Market: Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave.
  • East York Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 850 Coxwell Ave.
  • Riverdale Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 201 Winchester St. (in Riverdale Park)
  • Ryerson University MyMarket: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gould Street, east of Yonge
  • SickKids Hospital Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 University Ave.
  • Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park near Dundas St. W. and Shaw St.
  • 401 Richmond Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 401 Richmond St.
  • Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Queen St. W.
  • Queens Quay Terminal Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 207 Queens Quay W.
  • Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green P Lot, Lippincott St. and Bloor
  • Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
  • East Lynn Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1949 Danforth Ave.
  • Metro Hall Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. David Pecaut Square, 55 John St.
  • North Civic Centre Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
  • Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 777 Lawrence Ave. E.
  • St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. 92 Front St. E.
  • Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 550 Bayview Ave.
  • The Stop Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
  • Withrow Park Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 725 Logan Ave. (in Withrow Park)
  • Junction Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific Ave.
  • Leslieville Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave.