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The top 10 food events in Toronto for spring 2016

The top food events in Toronto for spring 2016 will give you lots to do and eat this season. From night markets and film screenings, to ticketed dinners and festivals, it shouldn't be too hard to keep busy as the weather warms up.

Here are my picks for the top food events in Toronto this spring.

Riverside Winefest
The Riverside BIA presents a wine tour in its own backyard from March 29 to April 3. Wineries and growers from Prince Edward Country, Niagara and Lake Erie North Shore will showcase their wares at nearly two dozen participating restaurants and retailers.

Toronto Food + Drink Market
From April 8 to 10, the Enercare Centre will be home to this food, wine and hospitality event that'll offer tutored tastings, demos, a food truck alley and an abundance of sampling opportunities.

Spicy foods will heat things up at the Aga Khan Museum on Saturday, April 9. General admission is $10 and includes free access to the museum after hours (6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.), not to mention the chance to taste dishes from Rickshaw Bar, Pai, Bombay Street Food Co. and more.

Party like it's 2559 and ring in the Thai New Year at Nana. The restaurant will hold three sessions on Sunday, April 10, as well as one more on the evening of Monday, April 11. Tickets are $40 and include all-you-can-eat food, and of course, the annual water fight!

TIFF Food On Film
There's still time to catch a food-centric film screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox with notable guest speakers. Join Chris Ying as he talks about Diner on April 27, while Andy Ricker discusses The Empire of Scents on May 18.

Via Vai hosts this special evening on Wednesday, April 27, meant to transport diners back to the glamorous courts of Cleopatra and the Ptolemaic dynasty. The menu from chef Joe Friday is priced at $70 per person, including gratuity and wine, and will feature a feast inspired by the foods consumed by the last rulers of ancient Egypt.

Asia Food Fest
More than 60 Asian restaurants from across Toronto and the GTA are participating in this 'Licious-like prix-fixe promotion happening between April 29 and May 15. Look forward to set menus priced between $10 and $45 per person at restaurants including KaKa All You Can Eat, Kingyo Izakaya, Jatajuk and many more.

Gluten Free Garage
Toronto's pop-up marketplace devoted to gluten-free eating kicks off Celiac Awareness Month on May 1 at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Billed as a one-stop shopping and sampling event, expect to find 65-plus exhibitors, guest speakers, food trucks and beer and cider tastings. Tickets are on sale now for $11.50.

Toronto Taste
Now in its 26th year, this gala fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Rescue Programs will return to Corus Quay on Sunday, June 12. Tickets are on sale now ($260 including a $125 charitable tax receipt).

The Stop Night Market
The fifth annual fundraiser in support of The Stop Community Food Centre is returning to Sterling Road for an all-inclusive night of eating on Tuesday, June 14 and Wednesday, June 15. Participating vendors have yet to be announced, but expect details to be released mid-April. Tickets will go on sale mid-May.

Photo of the Stop Night Market by Natta Summerky.

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