The leaves are turning, the apples are crisp and the air is just cool enough to walk comfortably for hours with the wind in your hair.
Fall makes me excited, refreshed, nostalgic and hungry. Here are some upcoming events to wet your appetite...
September 29th - Blues, Booze and BBQs: The Culinary Adventure Company teams up with pitmaster Jason Rees of the Pork Ninjas Barbecue team for the ultimate barbecue pop-up, including live blues, drinks and of course plenty of slow-’n’-low meat. The Charlotte Room, 19 Charlotte St., 416-565-1730.
September 30th - Canada’s Original & Largest Gluten Free Expo, 10am-5pm. 655 Dixon Rd. at the Double Tree by Hilton. Tickets are $12 at the door, $9 when purchased online. FREE for children 10 or under.
October 1st to 5th - "A World of Flavour", a multicultural food festival will be held at the Atrium in the heart of Toronto. Each day of the festival will feature amazing deals, free food samples by local retailers and a grand prize draw for $1,000 in Atrium gift cards from the food retailers. On October 4th, Celebrity Chef Rose Riseman will be at Atrium to conduct a two-hour internationally-inspired cooking demonstration and host a meet and greet after the show.
October 20th - Death Row Meals go to Niagara and you can join in on a 5 hour culinary journey.
October 20th to October 23rd - At the Delicious Food Show the Better Living Centre will be transformed into a gourmet's dream featuring cooking demos, food pairings, and hands-on seminars. Some of your favourite food and entertaining personalities will be presenting at the Food Network stage including Padma Lakshmi of Top Chef fame, Mark McEwan from Top Chef Canada, Lynn Crawford from Pitchin' In, Chef Cobrin from Dinner Party Wars, David Rocco from Dolce Vita, and Bal Arneson from Spice Goddess.
October 21st - Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi, 2pm at the George Ignatieff Theatre. On Stage interview, followed by Q & A and book signing. This London based duo have created the most fabulous food shops called Ottolenghi and their restaurant Nopi. Their ground breaking cookbooks Ottolenghi and Plenty have been bestsellers capturing Eastern Mediterranean/Middle Eastern flavours to great acclaim. Now comes their new cookbookJerusalem. In this book the duo go back to Jerusalem the city of their birth, Ottolenghi on the Jewish west side and Tamimi on the Arab east side to capture this melting pot cuisine. $50 includes the new book . Ticket only no book: $25. Available from The Cookbook Store 416-920-2665.
November 9th to 11th - Whole Life Expo is Canada's largest showcase of natural health, alternative medicine, and eco-friendly lifestyles. With 75 speakers and over 200 exhibitors, Whole Life Expo brings you the most comprehensive array of natural health products and services ever gathered under one roof.
November 17th to 18th - Gourmet Food & Wine Expo - The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo offers over 40,000 guests an unparalleled opportunity to sample over 1,500 fine wines, beers and spirits from around the globe. Metro Toronto Convention Centre ˆ South Building Thursday, November 17 - 6 pm - 10 pm (VIP Preview Evening) Friday, November 18 - 2 pm - 10 pm Saturday, November 19 - 12 pm ˆ 10 pm Sunday, November 20 - 12 pm ˆ 6 pm VIP Evening: $40 | General Admission: $18 advance or $20 at the door
- Sorauren Farmers’ Market: Monday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the field house at Sorauren Park. 50 Wabash Ave.
- East York Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 850 Coxwell Ave.
- Riverdale Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 201 Winchester St. (in Riverdale Park)
- Ryerson University MyMarket: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gould St., east of Yonge
- SickKids Hospital Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 555 University Ave.
- Trinity Bellwoods Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Northwest corner of Trinity Bellwoods Park near Dundas St. W. and Shaw St.
- 401 Richmond Farmers’ Market: Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 401 Richmond St. W.
- Nathan Phillips Square Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 100 Queen St. W.
- Queens Quay Terminal Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 207 Queens Quay W.
- Bloor-Borden Farmers’ Market: Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Green P Lot, Lippincott St. and Bloor St. W.
- Dufferin Grove Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 873 Dufferin St. (in Dufferin Grove Park)
- East Lynn Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1949 Danforth Ave.
- Metro Hall Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. David Pecaut Square, 55 John St.
- North York Civic Centre Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St.
- Toronto Botanical Gardens Organic Farmers’ Market: Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. 777 Lawrence Ave. E.
- St. Lawrence North Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. 92 Front St. E.
- Evergreen Brick Works Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 550 Bayview Ave.
- The Stop Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St.
- Withrow Park Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 725 Logan Ave. (in Withrow Park)
- Junction Farmers’ Market: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Green P Lot, 385 Pacific Ave.
- Leslieville Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jonathan Ashbridge Park, 20 Woodward Ave.
- Liberty Village Farmers’ Market: Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Green P Lot, Hanna Ave. and East Liberty St.