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Toronto's winter foodie event tops first weekend of February

Last Updated Jan 30, 2020 at 11:58 am EST

Wine glasses and plates of food sit on a table. (iStock by Getty Images/kokouu)

With the weekend around the corner, here are some events to end January the right way and dive into February.


Soul food to warm your heart this winter
Toronto celebrates all cultures alike, as people from different parts of the world call this place home. With varied cultures, come a variety of delicacies to try. This year’s Winterlicious is just about that. It celebrates Toronto’s food culture with three-course prix fixe menus at more than 200 participating restaurants. The foodie festival starts on Friday and runs until Feb. 13. Click here for a list of restaurants to choose from.

Polar dip is back
One way some people are diving into February is by taking a plunge into icy cold waters at the Toronto Zoo’s second annual Polar Dip, to help raise awareness on conservation of the mighty polar bears. The proceeds from this event will go to a ‘play and enrichment’ apparatus for the Zoo’s polar bears and to a research study by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that is looking at the influence of climate change on the animal’s habitat. People who wish to participate need to pay a fee of $50 for non-members and $40 for members.

All things chocolate
Someone once said, “chocolate is happiness that you can eat!” And so it is. Mark those calendars for a day filled with chocolate tasting, talking and buying. The Winter Chocolate Show returns on Friday with all-you-can-eat chocolate, informative seminars on tempering chocolate to understanding the history of the cacao bean, and meeting chocolate makers and chocolatiers from around the globe. Here’s how to get those tickets.

Dive into the tea culture
Let’s dive into the deets of calming tea ceremony. The Toronto Tea Festival will get you to sample hundreds of teas and learn from experts in the tea industry talking about how zests of the tea may differ depending upon place of origin, processing techniques, and preparation styles. Get an opportunity to shop all things tea and take some Instagram worthy pictures.

Toast the weekend with a beer
For all the beer lovers out there, the Winter Craft Beer Festival is back — hosted by Steam Whistle Brewing in Roundhouse Park. Get the opportunity to sample Ontario’s finest craft brews and scrumptious eats from Toronto’s best food trucks. Sip beer crafted by 40 different breweries or just snuggles up next to the campfire with marshmallows. Tokens are $1 each and vendors charge one token for a half or two tokens for a fill. Tickets will be $35 online and $40 at the gate.


Here comes another customary weekend subway closure. There will be no service on Line 1 between Finch and Eglinton stations on Saturday and Sunday as the TTC will be installing Automatic Train Control signaling system. Shuttle buses and Wheel-Trans will operate during this time. North York Centre Station will be closed but all other stations will be open for the sale of fares and connection to surface routes.