Taste of Lawrence

Toronto Food Events: Summerlicious, Empanada Throwdown, Taste of Lawrence, Lisa Marie $5 lunch

Toronto 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.


  • Summerlicious is on now at almost 200 participating restaurants offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus across the city (check out our photo contest here for a chance to win gift certificates at local restaurants).
  • The Taste of Lawrence street festival takes over Lawrence East between Warden and Birchmount Road from Friday, July 5th to Sunday the 7th. The east end street party will feature live entertainment, a midway and food from local businesses and vendors.
  • Corso Italia is also on this weekend, July 5th to 7th and will shut down St. Clair Avenue West between Dufferin and Lansdowne. This street festival promises local food vendors, a sidewalk sale, live music, buskers and a Steam Whistle beer tent.
  • The Rusholme Park Supper Club and Evis Chirowamhangu present a South African-Inspired Dinner at 7:30pm on Saturday, July 6th at The Depanneur (1033 College Street).
  • The Empanada Throwdown is on the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West) on Saturday, July 6th at 7pm. Sample platters will be on sale featuring new spins on the popular Latin American stuffed pastry from six contenders.
  • Tasty Thursdays begin on July 11th and will run weekly until August 29th at Nathan Phillips Square from 11am to 2pm. The lunchtime event will feature live music along with food trucks and vendors like The Food Dudes, Blue Donkey Streatery, The Real Jerk and Vesta Lunch to name just a few.


  • Mark your calendars for T&T Waterfront Night Market. The free event will take place at the Toronto Port Lands (222 Cherry Street) on July 19th to 21st and feature 150 vendors in an Asian-style street food alley (read: parking lot).
  • Tickets ($20) are still available for DOS happening on Friday, July 19 from 7pm to 2pm. The DJ'd art show will feature 40+ artists and food from La Carnita and Chicago's Big Star.
  • Lobster Fest starts on July 28th and will be offered Sundays at on the Sky Yard at The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West) until August 25th. The $35 dinner features a lobster, six sides and a bottle of Keith's.


  • Lisa Marie (638 Queen Street West) is doing $5 Extremo Sandwiches from the front window today, Friday, July 5th starting at 11:30am until 1:30pm

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