While most people come to Toronto to visit the events from a usual before-you-die list, like Toronto International Film Festival or St Patrick’s Day Parade, we suggest you attend the festivals with something actually worth dying for — the food. Here is the list of the top Food Festivals in Toronto you will be able to attend before the autumn is through, and most of them for free:

1. The Mac + Cheese Festival

When: August, 31 to September, 3, 2018

Where: Woodbine Park, Queen Street East

50+ variations of mac and cheese turn it into the biggest comfort food festival in Canada, and it is held along with the craziest — BuskerFest, opening the doors for fire jugglers, comedians, aerial artists, daredevils and all other kinds of magicians. Admission is by voluntary donation to Epilepsy Toronto. The Labor Day weekend of endless joy and entertainment with a chance to do something meaningful for the icing on the (cheese)cake.

Find out more: http://themacandcheesefestival.com/

2. Veg Food Fest

When: September 7-9, 2018

Where: Harbourfront Centre, 35, Queens Quay West

Try everything veg from salads, smoothies and artisanal vegan cheeses to locally-made cashew ice cream and pizza from 40 vendors. Tune in on to 40+ hours of seminars by health experts, cooks, Harvard nutritionists, bloggers and activists or the music by Toronto Downtown Jazz. Сome and see for yourself why 40,000 participants attend it every year.

Check the thrilling schedule: http://vegfoodfest.com/schedule/

3. Toronto Beer Week

When: September, 14 to 22, 2018

Where: Participating venues

Various breweries and pubs unite in a quest to celebrate the craft beer movement. You will have a whole week to discover the new beer joints you haven’t checked out yet, while savouring the authentically brewed
and flavoured crafts.

Get your Toronto Beer Week Guide: http://torontobeerweek.com/torontobeerweekguide/

4. Tastes of the Hill

When: September, 22 to 23, 2018

Where: Richmond Green Sports Centre and Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill

The multicultural weekend for the whole family with live entertainment and a showcase of culture from all over the world. Besides food, international fashion, arts, crafts, and sports will be represented.

Learn more: https://www.richmondhill.ca/en/things-to-do/tastes-of-the-hill.aspx

5. Toronto Soup Festival

When: October, 20 to 21, 2018

Where: Garrison Common, Fort York

Held for the first time, this soup feast will introduce you to the best creations of local artisans. In case some soups have coolen off by the time you arrive, the atmosphere will be warmed up with campfires and musical performances. Reinforce your kitchen arsenal with some new recipes and goodies from a farmer’s market. Bring the kids and keep them occupied with games and activities for two full days in a row — priceless. Adults pay $15 (and can vote for the best sample).

Find out more: http://soupfestival.ca/

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