With vaccine passports being introduced in Ontario and more people getting vaccinated, the festival scene in Toronto has been resurrected. Toronto is known for its food festivals and we have certainly missed them for the past year-and-a-half! There are a few food and beer festivals in Toronto in fall 2021. Of course, social distancing measures will be enforced. For festivals in Toronto, you will need to show proof of two COVID-19 vaccinations.
For many people, fall is all about craft beer…maybe it’s the influence of Oktoberfest? If you love your beer, you’ll want to attend one of the most popular festivals in Toronto in fall 2021 – the outdoor, limited-capacity Fall Beerfest T.O. taking place at the Schick Hydro Bandshell Stage at Exhibition Place on September 24-25, 2021. Be entertained by the Grammy Award-winning artist Shaggy, DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Skratch Bastid plus, and popular band, Dwayne Gretzky. Some of the brewers and food vendors include Big Rock Brewery, Nickelbrook, Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery, Cottage Springs, Creemore Springs, Brickworks Ciderhouse, White Claw, Vizzy Hard Seltzer, Ace Hill Vodka Soda, Joysmash Burgers, Tiny Tom Donuts, Poutine Supreme, Oyster Boy, Hunger Rescue Pizza, and Joybird Fried Chicken Sandos.
All ticket holders must provide proof of Covid-19 double vaccination in order to attend the event.
Running from Friday, October 1, 2021 to Monday, October 4, 2021, the Toronto Food Film Fest showcases independent films about food from around the world. Foodies will enjoy watching films about food while tasting curated snacks, participating in workshops, and sampling unique tasting menus at this multi-day food film festival. In-person screenings and the “Talks in the Orchard” series will take place outside at Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road. The interior of Spadina Museum will be closed except for staff use and guest washrooms.
Virtual tickets are $45; General Admin tickets are $60 and include one seat to in person screenings and talks (first come, first serve basis) and access to the virtual platform. You can add the Phancy Bodega curated snackbox for an additional $80. (Pick up at Phancy Bodega, 848 King St.W. from Tues-Sun at the Spadina Museum during events or have it delivered if you are within a Toronto (M) postal code.
This popular Toronto vegan food festival takes place on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Fort York, Garrison Commons. Enjoy live music, contests, art installations, vegan clothing, merch, and over 100 food and drink vendors from across North America featuring items such as deep-fried Beyond Burgers and cinnamon buns stuffed with cookie dough.
Early Entry Tickets are $15 (price increases Sept. 24, 2021). Must arrive before 1 p.m. and can stay until 7 p.m.
Early Entry Tickets (4 pack) $45 (price increases Sept. 24, 2021). Must arrive before 1 p.m. and can stay until 7 p.m.
Toronto 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 (price increases Sept. 24, 2021). Must arrive after 3:30 p.m. and can stay until 7 p.m.
Toronto 3:30 p.m. (4 pack) $30 (price increases Sept. 24, 2021). Must arrive after 3:30 p.m. and can stay until 7 p.m.
Enjoy a gourmet Italian-themed afternoon at Thistletown Collegiate on Saturday, October 2, 2021 from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in support of Thistletown’s culinary students who will visit Italy on a food excursion. The party includes a variety of food stations, Chef Demo Stage, and a silent auction table. Participating chefs include Dan Craig (Exec. Chef Harbour Castle Westin),Nick Lui (DaiLo), John Placko (Koco Chocolate Company), John Morris (Exec. Chef CN Tower), Trevor Liu (Joybird/Quell), Shahir Massoud (Chef/Cookbook author), Ted Reader, Paul Lillakas ( Cityline, CTV Your morning), Charlotte Langley (Scout Canning & Events), Devan Rajkumar (Cityline), Shonah Chalmers & Mark Jachecki (Humber College), Philman George (High Liner Canada), Craig Youdale (Niagara Food & Wine Institute), Keith Pears (W Hotel), Sam Glass (Centennial College), Rene Chauvin (Centennial College , Ambassador Pizza), Juriaan Snellen (ClubHouse/McCormick Canada Corporate Chef), Jillian Broadly (Culinary Instructor), John MacKinnon (Bake on Demand/ Culinary Instructor), Pasquale Brothers, & Keith Hoare (TCI’s Culinary Instructor), with more chefs to be announced shortly. Tickets are $63.33 and can be purchased online. Tickets include all chef food stations, non-alcoholic beverages, and access to the Chef Demo Stage.
The Chef’s Harvest Party will be held in accordance with all public health and safety measures. Guests must wear masks (except when eating or drinking) and maintain a safe social distance from other visitors. Under new policies released by the TDSB, proof of Vaccination is required to gain access to this event. Children under 12 are free with the purchase of an adult admission. The event will be held indoors and outdoors (weather permitting). The event space features high ceiling spaces and good ventilation. Thistletown Collegiate Institute is located at 20 Fordwich Crescent.
I hope you get a chance to visit these festivals in Toronto in Fall 2021.