FOOD & BEVERAGE

Taste-tested Meetings

Gather to imagine the future of food in a city celebrated for eclectic restaurants, global cuisine and embracing new cultures through what’s on our plate. Centrally located in Ontario’s Golden Horseshoe Region, Toronto is also surrounded by a vast agricultural greenbelt and home to one of the largest food production clusters in North America. From the tender fruit and viticulture of Niagara to “Ontario’s salad bowl” of farms in the fertile Holland Marsh, the city and region sustain a thriving food and beverage industry, ripe with innovation.

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Toronto and region form the second-largest food industry hub in North America, after Los Angeles.

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Three quarters of agricultural products grown in Canada are processed in the Toronto area

$31 billion

Spends $31 billion each year

Leader

in urban agriculture

The Art and
Science of Food

Events planners can call on internationally recognized expertise in food and hospitality services, culinary arts, and nutritional science, for topics from plant-based products, food security and sustainability. Local institutions include the Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt) research facility at George Brown College, and University of Toronto’s academic Culinaria Research Centre.

Signature industry events

Canada’s countryside comes to Canada’s downtown for 10 days each November at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the world’s largest indoor agricultural event. More than 19,500 food and hospitality professionals and chefs attend the annual RC Show to sample and test Canada-wide trends. In 2019, the SIAL International Food Show brought visitors from over 50 countries to Toronto, raising attendance to more than 18,500 buyers.

When you’re eating out in a city as diverse as Toronto, a whole world of flavours is always within walking distance. From hole-in-the-wall joints with no phone to luxurious tasting menus, Toronto is a food lover’s dream city.

- Introduction to Bon Appétit’s official guide to Canada's most adventurous eating destination.