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Toronto Food Events: FeBREWary, Toronto Tea Festival, La Poutine Week, Grilled Cheese Fest

Posted by Liora Ipsum / January 31, 2014

Toronto Food EventsToronto 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.


  • Drake One Fifty (150 York Street) teams up with chefs Jon Pong and Nick Liu of Gwailo to celebrate the new lunar year tonight Friday, January 31st. On the festive menu are takes on classic Chinese dishes like egg fried rice with Chinese truffles and strip prawn lettuce cups.
  • The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) presents the 10th annual Guilty Pleasures Brunch, on Saturday, February 1st. The brunch time affair will bring together food and fashion starting at 11am.
  • Beau's celebrates FeBREWary with seven new beer releases over the next five weeks. Pubs and restaurants citywide will be debuting the one-off brews throughout the month.
  • La Poutine Week commences tomorrow, Saturday, February 1st. Almost two dozen Toronto restaurants will take part and offer special edition poutines priced $8 to $10.
  • Toronto Tea Festival is on this weekend, February 1st and 2nd at the Toronto Reference Library. Admission is $15 each day or $25 to attend both days for tea-centric programming.
  • Ryoji Ramen & Izakaya (690 College Street) hosts a Ramen Tasting every Tuesday in February. The weekly event will feature four varieties of ramen paired with starters and desserts for $24 all in.


  • Grilled Cheese Fest is taking over Roy Thompson Hall on Friday, February 28th. Tickets are $40 and include all you can eat sandwiches and soup plus three sample beers.
  • Massimo Bruno presents The Best of Tuscany Supper Club on Friday, March 21st from 6:30pm to 10pm at Massimo's Kitchen Studio (507 King Street East, suite 104).


  • Osteria dei Ganzi (504 Jarvis Street) has launched a weekly Wednesday night pizza deal featuring pizza and prosecco for $20.



kioch / January 31, 2014 at 11:19 am
$40 for the Grilled Cheese fest... kind of a lot.
bestgrillcheesesammy / January 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm
For a truly great grilled cheese, make one home using Frico Edam on your favourite bread, and optionally put really thin slices of red onion on the cheez. No need to dump $40, when the home one with Edam is so much better.
Poot / January 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm
How many grilled cheese can someone eat? 2? 3? That's net worth of like $3. Ticket prices need to be reassessed.
Shannon / January 31, 2014 at 04:02 pm
You had me at Grilled Cheese Fest, You lost me at $40... :|
v79 / January 31, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Keep in mind renting Roy Thompson costs roughly $25k (if not more now), so it's not all going towards bread and cheese.
Rachel / February 5, 2014 at 03:30 pm
There is a ticket giveaway contest on one of food blogs called foodigator, link is here!
lister / February 28, 2014 at 07:58 pm
That grilled cheese event was seriously overbooked for such a small space. Huge lines, small food samples (not a whole sandwich, not even half!)
Matt / March 1, 2014 at 10:50 am

That was my initial thought reading the twitter reactions. Why in the hell was the event held at Roy Thompson Hall? What an odd place to host a food festival. Why not Harbourfront Centre or The Ex?
CP76 / March 3, 2014 at 03:02 pm
This was the worst ever! They oversold tickets, the $45 we paid to get in, wasn't even worth what we were able to eat (I mean, how many 'grilled cheese' sandwiches can one eat?) I felt so sorry for all those people who were waiting outside for hours and didn't even get a chance to eat! This was so poorly put together that I regret going. I won't deny that the food was good, but I did not enjoy myself, nor did I enjoy the venue, and the fact that it was so packed with people, that you felt like a can of sardines. I hope Joylister learns from this! Not sure how they are going to recover....the first venue that they had was cancelled, and now this one, oversold, overpriced, and overall a mediocre experience.

Oh, and they ran out of food (soups too) at about 8pm. With the lineup still around the block.
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