Top Summer Food Festivals

A woman handing over a take-away container of poutine at a food festival.

A great meal is the best way to bring people together. Food connects families and friends, represents culture and heritage, and is an integral part of most milestones in our lives. So naturally, Ontario celebrates its rich mosaic of different cultures and backgrounds in the best way possible – with food.

If you’re wondering where to start on your summer food fest circuit, these are a few can’t-miss favourites.

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Food Festivals in May

 

Northern Heat Rib Series

When: May 13 – August 28, 2022
Where: 15 different communities across the province

This summer North America’s largest rib and beer combo tour will be hosting a series of rib fest events across Ontario, serving mouth-watering BBQ ribs along with a wide assortment of top local craft beers and beverages and a bevvy of entertainment. Find a date and location near you.

Carassauga Festival of Cultures

When: May 28-29, 2022
Where: Mississauga

This unique festival is spread across multiple pavilions across the city dedicated to different cultures and cuisines, each connected by a fleet of free shuttle busses. Upon entry, you’ll receive a Carassauga passport that you can fill with stamps as you ‘travel’ to 23 countries around the world, taking in a delightful array of sights, sounds and scents along the way.

Food Festivals in June

Taste of Little Italy

When: June 17-19, 2022
Where: College Street, Toronto

From pasta to pizza to gelato, indulge in classic Italian food in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood, as well as fusion cuisine familiar around College Street. Enjoy live street performances, local artisan vendors and inviting patio drinks. Bellissimo!

London International Food Festival

When: June 24-26, 2022
Where: Victoria Park, London

Explore delicious and diverse dishes from around the world. Enjoy Portuguese, Caribbean, Mexican, Chinese, Serbian, Italian, Polish, Greek food and more. Also, don’t miss the assortment of beverage options, including fruit smoothies, slushies, bubble tea as well as coolers, craft beer and wine.

Taste of Asia

When: June 24-26, 2022
Where: Markham

This massive annual street festival brings the best of Asian food, artisan vendors, performers and more together for a harmonious, multi-day celebration of cuisine and culture.

Food Festivals in July

The Taste of Lawrence International Food and Cultural Festival

When: July 8-10, 2022
Where: Scarborough

One of Scarborough’s largest street festivals returns to Lawrence Avenue this summer with a three-day celebration of culture and cuisine from around the world. Live music, family entertainment and a vast array of street vendors make this an event not to be missed.

Festival of India

When: July 16-17, 2022
Where: Marina Park, Thunder Bay

Experience the colours and flavours of India this summer during Thunder Bay’s largest celebration of culture, arts, music and mouth-watering vegetarian food.

Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural Festival

When: mid-July, 2022
Where: West Zwick’s Park, Belleville

With four stages for entertainment, buskers, arts and crafts, canine watersports and dog shows, plus amazing, multicultural cuisine and local, craft beer, Belleville is a summer staple for festive fun and great food.

Capital Ukrainian Festival

When: July TBD dates, 2022
Where: Ottawa

If homemade perogies, smoked garlic sausage, cabbage rolls, borshch, handmade ice cream and a refreshing cocktail made with Zirkova Vodka whets your appetite, you need to attend this annual event celebrating everything Ukrainian. In addition to amazing cuisine, there are fashion and dance shows, workshops for handmade crafts and art, Ukrainian beers, live music, a marketplace, film festival, fireworks and engaging children’s activities.

Lebanese Food Festival

When: July 13 -17, 2022
Where: Ottawa

For over thirty years, the Lebanese Food Festival has showcased Middle Eastern food and culture. Hosted at the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, the festival features music performances, cooking demonstrations like those at the saj bread booth, carnival rides and of course plenty of delicious hummus, tabouli, falafel and chicken shawarma.

Food Festivals in August

Toronto Food Truck Festival

When: July 29 – August 1, 2022
Where: Woodbine

Local food trucks will be serving up some of your favourite dishes, along with local beer, local talent, live-eating contests and more. The festival specifically ensures there are vegetarian, vegan, halal and gluten-free options available each year.

Jerk Festival

When: August 4-7, 2022
Where: Toronto

Immediately following North America’s largest festival of Caribbean culture, Caribbean Carnival, savour Caribbean cuisine at another one of Ontario’s hottest summer events celebrating everything jerk flavoured, along with Island music and family entertainment.

Taste of the Danforth

When: August 5-7, 2022
Where: Danforth Avenue, Toronto

One of Canada’s largest street festivals takes place along Danforth Avenue in Toronto, affectionally known as Greektown, with entertainment, arts and crafts, live music, special menus and sidewalk tasting tables to sample all the best Greek cuisine and naturally, plate smashing.

Food Festivals in September

Veg Food Fest

When: mid-September, 2022
Where: Toronto

Meet chefs and food produces and get inspiration for a greener lifestyle during the ultimate celebration of plant-based cuisine during Toronto’s annual vegetarian event hosted by the Toronto Vegetarian Association.

Last updated: May 25, 2022

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