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Toronto Food Events: Taste of Asia, Drake One Fifty, Porkapalooza, Palattes of Africa, Junction Craft Brewing

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.


  • Drake One Fifty (150 York St.) is doing a side door special every Tuesday all summer long. Starting at noon, the $15 take-away lunch will go on sale and feature a tasty sandwich (think lobster rolls or meatball subs) plus a summery drink (like a slushie or rootbeer float), and snack pack of Drake Crunch (the house version of Cracker Jacks, complete with prize), all for $15.
  • The Junction Craft Food Truck Series is back Saturday, June 21 with Gorilla Cheese in the house (er... parking lot) at Junction Craft Brewing (90 Cawthra Ave.).
  • Space is still available for dinner at Momofuku Shoto (190 University Ave.) on Tuesday, June 24. The special tasting menu priced at $250 will be focused on Canadian ingredients presented by the Shoto kitchen along with a dozen guest chefs.


  • Taste of Asia, a street festival at Kennedy Rd. and Steeles Ave. is happening Saturday, June 28 from noon to midnight, and on Sunday, June 29 from noon to 6pm. The two-day event promises non-stop multicultural performances, 150 vendor booths, a Philippine Village, Korean Town, Bibimbap eating challenge, noodle competition and more.
  • Now in its third installation after sold-out debuts in Toronto (2012) and Paris (2013), Palattes of Africa is set to return Sunday, June 29. The unique food-meets-art event, presented in the form of a pop-up restaurant at 952 Queen St. West, will showcase traditional African dishes as well as original Afro-fusion foods. Tickets are $40, and include a demonstration by a featured chef, plus a four-course brunch with a complimentary drink.
  • Porkapalooza goes down at the Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay W.) on Sunday, June 29 from 3pm to 5:30pm. From peameal bacon to pulled pork to ham sandwiches, the best sandwich makers in the GTA will compete for your votes. Try each entry on a six-sample platter for $8.
  • Reserve a spot now for a Canada Day lobster boil at Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Blvd.) on Tuesday, July 1. Tickets for either of two seatings (at 3pm and 6pm) will feature a full lobster and two sides for $25. The party continues after with pilsners and tunes from Poor Angus.
  • In Markham, The Open Market is taking place at the 105 Gibson Centre (105 Gibson Dr.) on Saturday, July 4 from 6pm to midnight, and on Sunday, July 5 from 10am to midnight. Attractions will include a food market, children's choir performances, a world record dance attempt, sports tournaments, and stage performances.

Photo of Taste of Asia 2013 by Javin Lau.

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