August is around the corner and with it comes another batch of food and music festivals around Toronto. Come taste everything from Greek food, sweets and vegan treats to artisan ciders and have some fun at the live music venues Toronto scattered around the city. And just when you would think there can’t possibly be more, CNE is coming at the end of the month to remind you how exciting Canada is. Can’t miss that, right?
Taste of the Danforth
When: August 10-12
Canada’s largest street festival Taste of the Danforth celebrates everything that makes Toronto the best city in the world. Come and taste the food from local vendors, participate in tons of free activities, enjoy some live entertainment on the stage or swing by the kids’ area with your young ones. This year, Taste of the Danforth celebrates the 25th anniversary, so make sure to come and help them create even better atmosphere.
Waterfront Night Market
When: August 10-12
Where: Ontario Place, West Island
Waterfront Night Market boasts loads of entertainment and great Pan-Asian dishes to accompany your evening stroll along the waterfront. With an improved venue, new multi-stage entertainment programme and some interactive street performances, there will be something for everybody to enjoy. And if you have kids, don’t worry, there’s a special picnic area just for them.
When: August 11-12
Where: David Pecaut Square
A sweet tooth bothering you? This food festival focused solely on sweets has your back. Come taste the best from Toronto’s confectionery scene, have some artisanal chocolate or just chat with pastry chefs from George Brown College or contesters from Masterchef. You can also test your taste buds in many tasting challenges for a small donation, participate in sample tasting or just enjoy the live music playing at the event.
Vegandale Food and Drink Festival
When: August 11-12
Where: Fort York
Cost: $10 – $60
Craving something healthier? Check out Vegandale Festival. 100% vegan, everything on this festival from food to craft beer, wine and spirits, will be made from plant products. In addition to the food, you can expect live music and DJs playing.
When: August 18-19
Where: Garrison Common
Cost: $28 – $48
Speaking of music, what about attending a musical camp in the city? Camp Wavelength – a music-filled boot-camp, will whip your musical taste into shape. Line-up will include Suuns, Casper Skulls, Chad Vangaalen, Tops, Chastity or Maylee Todd. In addition to music you can attend many activities as Camp Comedy stand-up, stage lighting design workshop, a game of frisbee or trade at a flea-market.
Canadian National Exhibition
When: August 17-September 3
Where: Canadian National Exhibition
Cost: $15 – $65.99
Ready for the most fun you ever had? CNE is back, with its rides, activities, food and so much more. See the air show, attend the beer fest, try the best food from Toronto’s best food trucks or simply try one of the many rides and games waiting for you. If this is your first CNE extravaganza in the city, make sure to take a look at their Guides before attending, since there are just too many activities to choose from. But whatever you decide on, you surely will have the time of your life.
Toronto Cider Festival
When: August 24-25
Where: Sherbourne Common
Cost: $30 – $70
60+ ciders on tap, craft beer to top it off, food trucks and live shows. That’s Toronto Cider festival. This years theme is Ranch and Rodeo, so put your cowboy hat on and let’s taste that Wild West Cider experience, where you can celebrate the end of summer in style. The only notable thing to say is, this is a 19+ event, so leave your kids at home and enjoy a night out for once. You deserve it!