The opening of patios is one clear sign of spring in Toronto. This time, we’re ready for IRL events and experiences, after years of missing out, I’m beyond ready to bump elbows with strangers and queue for port-o-potties. May has 31 days of dazzling events, and occasions and all you need is a light jacket and a can-do attitude.
From Mother’s Day to the long weekend, and everything in between here’s what’s happening in Toronto this month.
Stop by Kimpton Saint George on Mother’s Day, May 8th from 10-2 to shop (and get your free glass of Grow Wild wine too!). Vendors include The Moody Blooms, Cops Donuts and Joue Collection demi-fine jewellery. Tickets are FREE- get yours here.
Our friends at Estrella Damm are inviting you on a tasty mission. With 31 days in May, and 31 restaurants participating in the Culinary Journey, spreading Spanish flair across the six is just the start. Book ahead at your favourite bar, restaurant and patio to explore the variety of creative flourishes and delightful pairings with Estrella Damm beer, the favourite beer of Barcelona. View the participating restaurants and book your experience here.
Grab your tickets now for Toronto Taste, celebrating its 30th anniversary at Evergreen Brickworks on June 12th. Support Second Harvest while you nibble and nosh your way through one of Toronto’s best charity events.
You’ll also want to snag your tickets to Taco Fest, which is coming in hot June 17-19th. Boasting 125 taco options and 26 tequilas, you have your work cut out for you if you’re angling to try everything. Tickets are now on sale, score yours here.
Wine Fest is also selling tickets for its upcoming event July 8-9th at the RendeZviews Patio (5th Supperclub). This event promises wines from around the world in an elegant and lush outdoor setting. Get your tickets now– this one will sell out!
Gluten Free Garage is back for the ninth annual gluten-free fest at Artscape Wychwood Barns on May 29th. This fun family event also works to support Canadian Celiac Association and those who are celiac and food insecure. Kids 12 and under are free, everyone else $10 at the door or at GlutenFreeGarage.ca.
Here’s what’s HOT in Toronto this month.
For Your Eyes Only morphs to Mademoiselle Raw Bar + Grill is coming May 6th to King Street West. Set with European flourishes, seafood fans will love this upscale new concept with whole fish, sumptuous oysters and all the refined options that entail. From the same owners as MARBL.
Mumbai Frankie is ushering in a new era for Indian food on Gerrard East. Owner Hemant Bhagwani says the ‘real street food concept’ is going to create some buzz for this already bustling pocket of Little India. A frankie is known as an ‘Indian Burrito’, a rolled-up tasty bundle popular in Mumbai. Shops in Leaside, Barrie and Mississauga prove Toronto has an appetite for frankies too.
The concept is clear- at J’s Steak Frites it’s all in the name. Steak frites is the draw, with bread and butter as starters, a posh green salad, and of course, the 10oz, locally-sourced Canadian AAA striploin paired with unlimited, must-have frites. We’re excited to check out this place! J’s Steak Frites is now open in the old Dandylion space.
OEB Breakfast Co ihas hatched. We dropped by this new breakfast eatery in Liberty Village and loved everything we tried, including this beautiful Eggs Benedict.
CAN’T WAIT- COMING SOON TO TORONTO!
Superfresh, an Asian Night Market is opening in the old Annex Food Hall. Co-founded by Trevor Lui and paying homage to the surrounding area and night market vibe, Superfresh will bring vendors off all Asian eats to one tidy space that’ll be open late 7 days a week starting May 14th.
Orote is a new Korean restaurant in Bloordale Village at Bloor & Dufferin.
Pizzeria Libretto is opening on Yonge, just north of Sheppard. This pizza outfit has been cranking out the pies in collabs with local restaurants and grab-and-gos during the pandemic, but it’s great to see a proper brick and mortar location for this tasty brand.
Sweetie Pie expands with its latest opening at the old Pizzaville shop on Yonge north of Lawrence. Look for sweet and savoury pies (vegan too!) at this 7th location for the bakery.
Aloette at Yonge and Eglinton is making progress on their newest outpost.
W Hotel is nearing completion in Yorkville. Stay tuned as we stalk their food and beverage plans. If it’s like any other W property, Toronto is in great hands. Forecast this hot spot for your spring rotation.
MAY CLOSING TIME
Toula, at the Westin Harbour Castle, has been closed since 2020, but recent news confirms Don Alfonso 1890 is opting in on the space. Come for the beautiful views, stay for the legendary gastronomy experience. A match made in heaven!
TASTE OF THE MONTH
We’re feeling ready to travel! We slumbered with the best dreams at Sheraton Gateway, bellies full of pizza and a relaxing start to any holiday. Read our rundown of tasty finds here.
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All photos by Libby Roach.