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St. Lawrence Market

A Perfect Fall Day in Toronto

Enjoy the most colourful season with these five family friendly activities

9:00 a.m. Find fresh vegetables, preserves, baked goods and more at one of the city’s farmer’s markets, including the Evergreen Brick Works (550 Bayview Ave.), Dufferin Grove (875 Dufferin Park Ave.), Sorauren Park (289 Sorauren Ave.), and St. Lawrence Market (93 Front St. E.).

11:00 a.m. Go apple picking, navigate an eight-acre corn maze and watch pumpkins get shot out of a cannon on a visit to Pingle’s Farm Market. 1805 Taunton Rd. E., Hampton, ON.

5:00 p.m. Stop into Kalendar for a late after-noon break. The Little Italy institution offers a number of warming seasonal drinks, including mulled wine and cider. 546 College St.

3:00 p.m. Take in the fall colours with a hike along the West Humber River Valley, the East Don Parkland, E.T. Seton Park, Scarborough’s Cudia Park, or Etobicoke’s Rouge Valley.

7:00 p.m. There’s no better season for classic Canadian comfort food than autumn. Drop by Bannock for a fish and shrimp cake,
cod chowder or spinach greens mac and cheese. 401 Bay St.

Cresta Brings a California-Inspired Menu to the St. Lawrence Market Area

A HEARTY MENU AND EXCELLENT WINES AWAIT YOU AT CRESTA

The wine chandelier at Cresta can hold up to 500 bottles.

 

Located in the heart of the historic St Lawrence Market area, Cresta brings a taste of both California and Italy to Toronto. The menu mingles both traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine, paired with a large selection of wines from the Thomas George Estates winery in California. An impressive 35-foot chandelier displaying 500 bottles means you won’t be lacking options for a wine pairing with your meal. Executive chef Tri Tran uses fresh seasonal ingredients in his homemade pastas and entrees, and has perfected the recipe for a crispy, yet satisfyingly chewy, pizza crust. Highlights include Brussels sprouts in a crispy balsamic glaze, steak sirloin with braised potatoes, and the house-made gelato. —Karen Stevens

Summer Fun Guide: Take a Bite out of Toronto

FOODIES AND SIMPLY HUNGRY VISITORS ALIKE WILL NOT WANT FOR OPTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO TORONTO’S DINING SCENE

R&D_Lobster Chow Mein_Image by Allison Woo

R&D’s Lobster Chow Mein. Photo by Allison Woo

The expansive St. Lawrence Market is packed full of specialty food items and made-to-order meals. St. Urbain Bagel is known for its Montreal-style bagels, which are baked fresh daily, are best hot out of the oven with a generous dollop of cream cheese. The peameal bacon sandwich from Carousal Bakery has been a market staple for over 30
years and is well worth the line up. Or, if you’re extra hungry, bite into a hearty deep-fried veal and eggplant sandwich at Uno Mustachio Sandwiches.

Join The Culinary Adventure Co. for a guided tour of some of the city’s most exciting neighbourhoods. Learn about the history and heritage of Chinatown and Kensington while enjoying everything from Mexican tortas to dim sum; adults $79, kids $59. Savour Toronto (1-855-472-8687; savourtoronto.com) offers a Best of the West tour for a taste of the hip and trendy dining scene along along Dundas Street West and Ossington Avenue; $75.

Treat yourself with Tasty Tours, which offers two excursions: The Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury food tour includes food samples from Chinese and Latin American eateries; $49 adults kids ages 7-12 $35, children age 7 and under free. Enjoy the chocolatiers around Trinity Bellwoods Park while learning about the history of chocolate and a chocolate-making demonstration in Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate tour; $39 adults, kids ages 7-12 $25, children age 7 and under free.

Toronto’s vibrant dining scene is flourishing with world-class chefs, unique restaurant concepts, and innovative menus. Below are some dining highlights to whet your appetite.

 MasterChef Canada winner Eric Chong, along with one of the competition’s judges, Alvin Leung, has created a “modern Canadian Asian” menu at R&D. Dive into dishes like fried chicken with glazed cronuts, and venison spring rolls, complimented by intriguing drinks like the 510 Caesar made with garlic and shiitake-infused vodka. Chef Rob Gentile is known for his attention to detail and his obsession with using the freshest seasonal ingredients for his authentic Italian cuisine; try the hand-made pasta at Buca to find out what the fuss is about, or stop by Bar Buca for small sharing plates and a nightcap.  —Karen Stevens

 

 

 

Weekend Roundup: October 5 to 7

Friday: The Evergreen Brick Works gets an East Coast makeover for Alexander Keith’s birthday bash

Friday, October 5
East Coast King of Brews Alexander Keith’s celebrates 217 years in the beer business with a party at the Evergreen Brick Works. Your $10 tickets gets you free shuttle service, an exclusive performance by Matt Mays and a drink to pair with Toronto food vendors’ fare, specially created to go perfectly with a cool pint of Keith’s.

Spekt! Bier! Lederhosen! Celebrate German tradition (and happy hour) with Toronto Oktoberfest at St. Lawrence Market. Live entertainment, including oom-pah bands and a Bavarian strongman, helps get you into the Deutsch spirit in a traditional beer hall environment.

The Wiggles are touring together for the last time as Greg, Jeff and Murray prepare to leave the famous foursome after 21 years performing favourites like “Hot Potato” and “Rock a Bye Your Bear.” Take the kids to say farewell tonight at the Ricoh Coliseum—and watch out for three new wiggles to join remaining member Anthony in the near future. (more…)

Hot Date: Feats on the Street at BuskerFest

Pancho Libre is back to wow the crowds

AUGUST 23 TO 26  Magicians, mimes, sword swallowers and stilt dancers—they’re all here for another year of Scotiabank BuskerFest, North America’s largest and most outlandish gathering of street performers. More than 100 unique and talented entertainers from around the world occupy the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood to amuse and amaze audiences while raising funds and awareness for Epilepsy Toronto. This year’s mind-boggling artists include America’s Got Talent contestants the Chicago Ultimate Tumblers, Australian contortionist Alakazam and Mexico’s Pancho Libre. Along Front Street East between Yonge and Jarvis streets. Admission by donation; visit here for more information.

Hot Date: Woofstock Promises a Barking Good Time

JUNE 9 & 10 The St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood goes to the dogs this month as Woofstock returns for a weekend of canine frivolity. North America’s largest outdoor festival for dog lovers, the event features more than 250 vendors of pooch paraphernalia marking their territory with everything from toys and clothing to food and furnishings. And there’s even more for your four-legged friends: hounds in haute couture can strut down the dogwalk or perform their “stupid dog tricks” for a chance to win prizes, while registered participants—outfitted in posh attire, of course—can enjoy a Doggy Diamond Jubilee high tea in the King Edward Hotel’s Windsor Ballroom. Along Front Street East, between Yonge and Jarvis streets, free admission; call 416-234-9663 or visit here for more information.

Hot Art: Relive History at the Market Gallery

B.T.A. Griffiths' The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York (image courtesy of the City of Toronto)

MARCH 3 TO SEPTEMBER 8 This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, which pitted American forces against British colonial troops. Toronto, then known as York, was the site of fevered combat as the war continued in 1813—the Battle of York saw the Americans capture our sylvan settlement and subsequently put it to the torch. The Market Gallery commemorates this skirmish with a Book of Remembrance, which records the names of soldiers who died in battle, plus a display of rare battlefield artifacts, plus first-person accounts of the fighting, custom-designed maps and a newly acquired painting, The Death of Captain McNeale at the Battle of York by B.T.A. Griffiths, that depicts a dramatic scene from the struggle. The exhibition marks the first of many events in Toronto marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Staff Picks: 5 Farmers’ Markets to Fill You Up

Evergreen Brick Works farmers' market (photo by Paul Henman)

To local-food movement is now thoroughly entrenched in our fair city, with professional and home chefs alike seeking out the best Ontario-grown ingredients. Farmers’ markets taking place throughout Toronto are, of course, a great place to pick up fresh produce. They also offer opportunities to take in some real neighbourhood flavour. Read on to discover our five favourites! (more…)

30 Things We Love About Toronto This November and December

2. Spirits by Karoo Ashevak (photo courtesy of the Museum of Inuit Art)

1. Crunching into stone-baked pizzas and grilled panini at Café Uno in the the Distillery Historic District.

2. Marveling at finely crafted stone and bone carvings at the Museum of Inuit Art.

3. Horses and llamas and cows (oh my!), plus a giant vegetable competition and more at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

4. Admiring Grace Kelly’s glamourous gowns, Oscar and more at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

5. Savouring straight-from-the-tandoor-oven naan—alongside chicken tikka and palak paneer—at Little India. (more…)

Weekend Roundup, June 17 to 19

Friday: Devo is among the bands at this year's NXNE (photo by Snarkygurl)

Friday, June 17
From June 16 to 19, the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival takes over Toronto with concerts by 650 bands, plus screenings of 40 music-related films and 50 panel discussions. Don’t miss free shows taking place at Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend, including acts like Descendents, DEVO and Men Without Hats.

Join in the annual Taste of Little Italy free street party where locals and visitors alike descend onto Toronto’s historic Italian neighbourhood on College Street between Bathurst and Shaw streets. Enjoy live bands, entertainers and street food from Friday through Sunday.

To fete its imminent opening at Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall in September 2011, British fashion store TopShop opens a pop-up location this weekend at Queen Street West and Soho Street. The Pop-Up Top Shop previews a collection for sale and also offers contest, a beach zone, free frozen yogurt and a live DJ.

Saturday: Get some haute street food at 1,000 Tastes of Toronto

Saturday, June 18
One of Toronto’s most anticipated foodie events takes place today and tomorrow along John Street (between Adelaide and Wellington). As part of  Luminato, 1,000 Tastes of Toronto showcases street food-sized portions of diverse cuisine from top restaurants like Woodlot, Queen Margherita Pizza and Lee.

Visit St. Lawrence Market for its annual Strawberry Festival, inaugurating the start of this delicious fruit’s harvest. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll be treated to samples, lessons on making strawberry jam, and cooking demonstrations by Toronto chefs Massimo Capra (of Mistura) and Michael Bonacini (of the Oliver & Bonacini restaurant group).

Iconic Beach Boys singer and songwriter Brian Wilson plays an intimate show at Massey Hall this evening, in promotion of his latest album, Brian Wilson Re-imagines Gershwin .

Sunday: See a revolutionary war reenactment at historic Black Creek Pioneer Village

Sunday, June 19
Celebrate this Father’s Day at Black Creek Pioneer Village, where you can watch as 200 costumed soldiers re-enact the Revolutionary War in the “Battle of Black Creek.” Walk around the village to see how soldiers lived in camps or visit the historic brewery for samples. Last but not least, end the day with a Father’s Day barbecue rib dinner.

The second annual Ontario Craft Beer Week kicks off in Toronto today. The festival showcases 27 craft brewers from across the province—at events and venues throughout Toronto—until June 25.

Crowds of screaming fans are sure to fill Queen Street West for the MuchMusic Video Awards tonight. Co-hosted by Selena Gomez, performers and guests include Lady Gaga, Avril Lavigne, Bruno Mars, City and Colour, the Black Keys and many more.

Weekend Roundup, August 27 to 29

This last August weekend is jam-packed with activities—make it count!

Friday: See the Rom Shing Hakka Opera at Telus TaiwanFest

Friday, August 27
Canada’s largest fair continues! The Canadian National Exhibition has something for everyone, including rides and games, a working farm, daily parades, celebrity chef demonstrations, live concerts and entertainment, and so much more. See you at The Ex!

Exploring the concept of the “crossover,” this year’s Telus TaiwanFest offers a number of cultural events—both traditional and contemporary—related to the intermingling of Taiwanese, Canadian, Dutch, Japanese and indigenous cultures. Harbourfront Centre is home to this weekend-long festival, featuring dance, theater, fashion, food and live music. Tonight, witness a performance by the Rom Shing Hakka Opera Troupe.

Scotiabank Buskerfest takes over the streets of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood beginning tonight! Some of the world’s most talented street performers, including members of the renowned Cirque Éloize, are on hand to show off their unique skills. A donation to the Epilepsy Toronto charitable organization is encouraged.

Saturday: Laugh with Graham Harley and the cast of What the Butler Saw (photo by Sian Richards).

Saturday, August 28
Attention all comic book enthusiasts, sci-fi aficionados and anime experts: Fan Expo Canada has arrived. The largest event of its kind in the country features top names in geekdom, plus vendors, panel discussions and more. Don’t miss the Masquerade on Saturday morning, when die-hard fans show off original costumes of their favourite characters!

Enjoy a theatrical night out with a performance of What the Butler Saw, an inappropriately hilarious play on now at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. The witty farce is set in a psychiatrist’s office and is certain to keep the audience guessing which characters are the sane ones.

Cheer on “The Reds” this evening, as Toronto FC squares off against Real Salt Lake, one of Major League Soccer’s top teams. Can Dwayne DeRosario and company sneak into the playoffs with a win tonight? Head to BMO Field to find out!

Sunday: Sunnyside Pavilion hosts an art fair (photo by Imnop88a)

Sunday, August 29
Against all odds, ’90s grunge stalwarts Stone Temple Pilots are back with their first original album in a decade. The Scott Weiland-led rockers are set to riff on their newest tunes and popular classics at the Air Canada Centre.

Yonge and Dundas Square turns green this weekend. The Live Green Toronto Festival brings together more than 100 exhibitors featuring eco-friendly products and services, as well as live music, street performers, a farmer’s market and more.

The Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale returns for another year of fine visuals. Hosted within the historic Sunnyside Pavillion on the shores of Lake Ontario, the event features artworks in various media created by emerging artists. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award to give your favourite artist the chance to win a cash prize.

Hot Date: Sidewalk Spectacle

Victor Rubilar is renowned for his ball-juggling act

AUGUST 26 TO 29 The circus moves out from under the big top to one of Toronto’s main avenues, as more than 100 international street performers animate the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood for Scotiabank BuskerFest. North America’s largest annual gathering of buskers—from hilarious comedians to daring fire eaters—features a bevy of new acts for 2010, including contortionist Bendy Em, renowned Argentine football juggler Victor Rubilar and Australia’s FlameOz, a dynamic combination of dance, acrobatics and fire manipulation. Front Street East, between Yonge and Jarvis streets, admission by donation; proceeds aid Epilepsy Toronto.