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Toronto Food Events: Toronto Chocolate Festival, Cava wine events, OktoberFEAST, Restaurants for Change

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.


  • The Toronto Chocolate Festival starts this Saturday, October 11 and runs until Sunday, November 2. Marquee events throughout the festival include the Chocolate Ball on Thursday October 16 and the Luxury Chocolate ShowNovember 2.
  • OktoberFEAST presented by Canadian Cancer Society is on this Thursday, October 16 from 5pm to 11pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie St.). The festivities include local bands, craft brews, food trucks and vendors including Bacon Nation, Gourmet Gringos, The Pie Commission and more.
  • Cava (1560 Yonge St.) hosts two wine-focused events next week. First on Tuesday, October 14 from 4:30pm to 6:30 pm, there will be a tapas and wine reception ($25 per guest) to celebrate Navarra Bodegas' vino. On Wednesday, October 15, the Spanish restaurant welcomes Victor Urrutia, the managing director of CVNE and Vina Real, to share rare library wines from the Bodega, along with a five-course dinner priced at $160 per person.


  • Get out of the city next weekend with the H.O.P.E Permaculture Tour: Homesteading Organically to Produce Ecosystems, which will take visitors on a spin through farms and eco-villages just North of Toronto. The new annual event takes place October 18 to 19 and will focus on teaching participants how to successfully and sustainably grow food in any living quarters - including small condo balconies. Tickets are $150 for the two-day event with shuttle bus included (accomodations at a campsite or at a local B&B are extra).
  • Restaurants for Change, a national fundraising intiative, takes place Wednesday, October 22, when 25 restaurants in nine Canadian cities will donate proceeds from the night's dinner service to Community Food Centres Canada. Reservations are being accepted now from participating restaurants in Toronto, including Buca, Edulis, Jacobs & Co. Steakhouse, Richmond Station, Ruby Watchco, The Drake 150, The Saint Tavern, THR+Co and Bar Buca.
  • As a precursor to Toronto Gluten Freedom Week, Lisa Marie (638 Queen St. West) hosts a pop-up dinner on Thursday, October 23 from 7pm to 10pm. The Southern-style menu that starts with patatas bravas, followed by choices of porchetta tostata or hot maple cauliflower, and as the main event, a quarter chicken dinner with salsa verde, white cheddar grits and kale caesar salad.

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