As a foodie, some of the exciting summer events I’m looking forward to in 2022 are Toronto food festivals! I love getting a chance to sample a variety of different foods in the open air while listening to live music. Below are some of my favourite food festivals in Toronto that will return this year after a COVID hiatus:
TD Festival of South Asia 2022
Enjoy curry, panora, biryani, momos, pakoras, samosas, grilled corn and other treats at the TD Festival of South Asia at the Gerrard India Bazaar in Toronto. The South Asian food festival returns after a two-year absence due to COVID and takes place on Saturday, July 23, 2022 and Sunday, July 24, 2022 from 12 noon to 11 p.m. There will also be a cricket open house, Bollywood flash mob, South Asian dance and drumming workshops, kids’ activities and circus buskers. Gerrard Street East from Greenwood Avenue to Coxwell Avenue will be closed to traffic.
Enjoy a variety of foods from Toronto-area food trucks, Midway rides and kids zone at Foodalicious 2022 at Downsview Park from Friday, June 10, 2022 to Sunday, June 12, 2022. Food trucks include:
- The Smoke Stop; Casalingo Burger; Ontario Corn Roasters; Shawarma Gate; Road Grillers; Mustache Burger; EsauParrilla BBQ; Universal Caribbean Fusion; Bun Studio; Liko’s Hawaiian BBQ; Jerk Brothers; Kathi Roll Express; Tara Viet Grill; Rebozos Taqueria; Edge BBQ Grill Restaurant; Piñata Tacos; Heavenly Dreams; Summertime Lemonade; Pancho’s Bakery; Georgian Bay Spirit Co; BlissfulBites Bakery And Cafe; IHalo Krunch
Enjoy live music throughout the weekend including:
Friday, June 10, 2022
5 p.m. – Lauren Knowles (Folk)
7 p.m. – Carla Gonzalez Trio (Latin/World)
9 p.m. – Groove Marmalade (Soul/Disco/Funk)
Saturday, June 11, 2022
1 p.m. – River North (Folk)
3 p.m. – Mexico Amigo (Mariachi Band)
5 p.m. – Freedom Train (Top 40 Classics)
7 p.m. – Just Heart (“Heart” Tribute Band)
9 p.m. – Yanni Borrel (Salsa, Orchestra)
Sunday, June 12, 2022
1 p.m. – Amanda John (Acoustic Duo)
3 p.m. – Switchbeat (Top 40)
5 p.m. – Crystyl Vision (Foreigner, Styx, Bad Co. tribute)
Enjoy a 30-minute mixology class with Mixology Matt for an additional fee. Fee includes two cocktails. Downsview Park is located at 70 Canuck Avenue, North York.
Admission is Adults $20; Kids 12 and under Free. Kids Zone Unlimited Ride Bracelet is $25. Adult ride tickets can be purchased at the Midway.
Toronto Ribfest 2022
The Toronto Ribfest returns to Centennial Park on Canada Day weekend from Thursday, June 30, 2022 to Sunday, July 3, 2022. Here’s where you can choose from a variety of ribs or enjoy chicken, nachos, fries, vegetarian dishes and other menu items. Take in live musical performances including rock, blues, world music, jazz, and country while you nosh. Other activities include magic shows, celebrity food judging, a midway and magic shows. Adults can enjoy their favourite craft beer in the beer garden while there will be plenty of games for children in The Kids Zone. Canada Day (Friday, July 1, 2022) will feature special performers, magic shows, free face painting, and a fireworks display at sundown. Toronto Ribfest 2022 hours are Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. and July 1, 2022 to July 3, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m
Toronto Beaches Rib & Beer Festival 2022
Get your fill of ribs at the Toronto Beaches Rib & Beer Festival at Woodbine Park from Friday, June 24, 2022 to Sunday, June 26, 2022. There will be live entertainment at this free Toronto event including:
Friday, June 24, 2022 – Country Night
Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Rock The Park
Sunday, June 26, 2022 – Music Mash Up & Ribs
There will also be a kids zone, giant yard games and carnival treats. Toronto Beaches Rib & Beer Festival 2022 hours are: Friday, June 24, 2022 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday, June 26, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Toronto Food Truck Festival 2022
One of the most popular food festivals in Toronto in summer 2022 is the Toronto Food Truck Festival 2022 taking place at Woodbine Park from Friday, July 29, 2022 to Monday, August 1, 2022. Enjoy free admission to this Toronto August long weekend event, as well as live entertainment and eating challenges. Beer will be available for purchase. You may bring well-behaved pets on leashes. Toronto Food Truck Festival hours are Friday, July 29, 2022 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, July 30, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday, July 31, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.; and Monday, August 1, 2022 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Toronto Vegandale Festival 2022
Enjoy vegan food, live music, art installations, contests, and shopping for vegan clothing and merchandise at the Toronto Vegandale Festival taking place at Garrison Common on Saturday, August 6, 2022. You’ll be able to try vegan cuisine from more than 100 food and drink vendors. Toronto Vegandale Festival hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 plus HST and admin fee for entry between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; $15 plus HST and admin fee for entry between 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Prices increase after Friday, June 10, 2022.
Waterfront Night Market at Ontario Place 2022
The Waterfront Night Market returns to Ontario Place from Friday, August 12, 2022 to Sunday, August 14, 2022 and features Pan-Asian food, as well as the BeerCraft Festival, Be sure to check out the Illuminasian Floating Lantern and Cultural Showcase. 19+ only for this ticketed event. Tickets are $22.60 and can be purchased online.
I hope you get a chance to visit some of these food festivals in Toronto in summer 2022.
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