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Toronto Food Events: Ukrainian Festival, Roncesvalles Polish Festival, Dog Days, Mutha Shuckin Oyster Fest

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 12, 2014

food events torontoToronto Food Events rounds up the most delicious events, festivals, pop-ups, winemaker dinners, supper clubs and other food related happenings in Toronto this week and next. You can find us here every Friday morning.


  • The Toronto Ukrainian Festival celebrates takes over Bloor West Village this weekend from Friday (September 12) to Sunday (September 14). Now in its 18th year, the street fest will showcase the music, dance, food and visual arts of Toronto's Ukrainian community.
  • The 2014 Roncesvalles Polish Festival takes place this Saturday, September 13 from 11am to 11pm. The outdoor street fest will celebrate all things Polish, featuring local and international music, folklore, live entertainment, and of course, plenty of traditional Polish fare, like pierogi, kielbasa, bigos and cabbage rolls.
  • Emery Village BIA hosts their second annual street party and wine and beer festival on Saturday, September 13 from 11am to 8pm. The street fest takes place in Humber Summit (just north of Islington and Wilson) and will feature grape stomping, rides, and tasting sessions for food, beer and wine.
  • Rock Lobster (538 Queen St. West) hosts a Mutha Shuckin Oyster Fest Sunday, September 14 from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is free, and pints, oyster shooters, and other foodstuffs will be on for $5.
  • Also on Sunday, September 14, Dog Days pops up at Montauk (765 Dundas St. West) from 8pm onward. The menu for the night will feature Cumbrae's corndogs and something called garbage salad. Guest bartender JR Graham will shake things up with special cocktails, too.

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New Toronto fish and chip joint is the real deal

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 11, 2014

New Toronto Fish and ChipsThis fish and chip joint has been winning over the hearts and stomachs of New Toronto residents for 40 years. Serving a simple menu of haddock, halibut, shrimp and scallops, the charming chippery is one not to miss if planning a circuit of the city's better chipperies.

Read my profile of New Toronto Fish and Chips in the restaurant section.
Eat & Drink

Toronto Restaurant Openings: Kaffebar, Loka Snacks, The Hearth, LEE Kitchen, Twist, Spin Dessert Cafe

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 11, 2014

toronto restaurant openingsToronto Restaurant Openings highlights the latest restaurant openings and closings in Toronto and also gives a preview of what's coming soon. Find us here every Thursday morning.


  • Kaffebar is open at 2830 Dundas St. West in The Junction serving coffees and baked goods like cookies, cakes and cinnamon buns.
  • Saturday Dinette is now open at 807 Gerrard St. The modern diner that took over Hammersmith's old spot has been serving dinner all week and launches brunch service this weekend.
  • The newest location of Spin Dessert Cafe celebrates its grand opening Thursday, September 18 at 51 Lebovic Ave. in Scarborough. The chain already has an outpost on The Queensway and other GTA locales like Mississauga and Vaughan.

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Best of Toronto

The Best Onion Rings in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 10, 2014

onion rings torontoThe best onion rings in Toronto can be found at chippies and fast food joints that take pride in making their heavy, hearty foods from scratch. The rings on this list are cut by hand, dipped and fried to order, seasoned generously, and served immediately. Suitable as a snack or side, this favourite alternative to fries is still salty and crisp on the outside, while the onion itself provides a sweet, soft counterpoint.

Here are the best onion rings in Toronto.

See also:

The Best Fries in Toronto
The Best Sweet Potato Fries in Toronto
The Best Old-School Burgers in Toronto
The Best Cheeseburgers in Toronto

Top photo by Lucas Richarz in the blogTO Flickr pool
Eat & Drink

This week on DineSafe: Bier Markt, Urban Herbivore, Wrapido, Ali Baba's, Bamboo Kitchen, Fit for Life

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 10, 2014

dinesafeAfter shutting down three restaurants last week, this edition of DineSafe seems a little tamer - if you're not vegan that is. Otherwise, you might be at risk of finding a little extra protein in the salad. Urban Herbivore in Kensington Market was cited for inadequate pest control, and even though it wasn't deemed crucial, the eatery was yellow-carded on two consecutive inspections.

See which other restaurants landed themselves in hot water this week on DineSafe.

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Eat & Drink

Toronto food trucks get feted at AwesTRUCK 2014

Posted by Liora Ipsum / September 8, 2014

awestruckFood trucks from across Ontario rolled in to Mississauga Celebration Square for the annual food truck rally and awards show this past Friday and Saturday night. Held in conjunction with SoundBites, the event experienced a little déjà vu when this first night went the way of last year's festival and was all but rained out. Weather was more amicable on the second night and was well attended, ultimately attracting 35,000 food and music lovers.

Check out our photo gallery and round-up from AwesTRUCK 2014.
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