It’s hard to continually track down all of the best pop-ups, events and cool s#*t that Toronto has to offer. That’s why I’ve done it for you!
Below you’ll find a curated list of Toronto’s best limited-time events & unique offerings. This page gets updated weekly – check back in frequently to make sure you’re in the know!
You live in the west-end and are looking to get your Cops Doughnuts fix? Starting January 8th, Cops Doughnuts is doing a weekend pop-up at Baddies (at Bloor and Lansdowne). The pop-up runs 5-10PM Friday’s, Saturday’s, Sunday’s for a limited time! Check their Instagram for the latest details and be sure to pre-order online.
DaiLo is hosting a pop-up menu at Hot Black Coffee for the next few weeks. They’ll be serving up a small menu of delicious items like bao bun burgers & wings. Follow their Instagram for the latest dates & info. Update: The menu has now changed & they’re serving up noodles!
Join Rasa – a Toronto restaurant by the Food Dudes – for a virtual dinner in collaboration with Event Circle. The event runs on January 23rd at 6:30PM. Purchase your ticket and you’ll receive all of the ingredients for a three-course meal and access to a virtual class to cook with Rasa’s chefs.
The meal includes Rasa’s amazing chopped salad, truffle gnudi, the famed Rasa burger, and a dessert. It costs $90+HST / person.
Celebrate the Super Bowl by ordering a feast from Aloette via Tock. Pickups are available by specific time slots, so be sure to get your order in soon! The prix-fixe menu includes elevated classics – garlic bread, wedge salad, chili, wings, confit runs and cake. It runs at $40 per person.
See the menu details & order here.
Gusto 101 has partnered up with a few restaurants to offer chef-curated menus for 2 people on specific nights through March 17th. You will receive restaurant-grade ingredients and access to a virtual cooking class with the restaurant’s executive chef. Restaurants and dates listed below – order online ($90 per menu):
- Chubby’s Jamaican Meal Kit – Jan 20th
- Trattoria Nervosa – Feb 3rd
- Pai Thai Northern Kitchen – Feb 17th
- Gusto 501 – March 3rd
- Azhar – March 17th
TasteToronto is offering limited edition creations from top restaurants and chefs through a new platform called dabble. They began with burger boxes from Burger Drops and then pivoted to limited-edition flavours of Gertie’s Pies. You can order the creations here. They change every two weeks!
KVAS is a great cocktail syrup company hailing out of southwestern Ontario. They’re offering special cocktail syrup kits for sale in support of . The kit includes their KVAS Whisky Sour Syrup and Northern Maple Old Fashioned Simple Syrup.
On Friday February 19th at 8:30PM EST, they will be hosting a virtual cocktail night in support of SPG50 and Michael Pirovolakis.
Taken from their website: “SPG50 is a Ultra-Rare Neurodegenerative disease that slowly takes away children affected by the diseases ability to use their legs, hands and mental capacity. Today there is not treatment or drug to help these children, which is why Michael’s parents are raising money to create one.
By purchasing this pack, you will be sent a zoom meeting invitation (one week prior) to join us for a virtual mixology class to learn how to make 2 Kvas cocktails, and 1 no-proof cocktail.
100% of Profits from this pack will be donated to CURE SPG50.
For more information and to donate directly please visit: https://www.curespg50.org/“
This pizza pop-up hailing out of the Junction is offering delicious deep-dish pies (cheese, pepperoni or half and half). You can also get their homemade hot honey as a topping or on the side. Weekly drops that sell out quickly – order online (linked via their Instagram account) with pickup in time slots every Saturday. You don’t want to miss this!
Check out more make-at-home meal kits in our previous post, here.
Dublin Calling has paired up with BoardGames2Go and is offering a $40 kit of make-at-home nachos, pretzel bites and a $15 credit to rent a board game. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a rental credit, which you can apply online when you select your board games. Then, you can pick up your snacks and board games from Dublin Calling all in one easy trip. Order here.
The Depanneur is a unique food venue that hosts a variety of events, and supports up-and-coming and home chefs. Currently, they’re offering pick-up dinners on Wednesdays and Fridays where each week, a different chef prepares a prix-fixe dinner for 2 or 4 people.
Each Thursday, Kensington Brewery teams up with QE Trivia to offer virtual trivia. Note: you can buy a ticket for the trivia on it’s own here (note: this links to the Jan 21st event – simply search QE Trivia on Eventbrite if you are looking for another date). Alternatively, follow the instructions on the same page to purchase beer from Kensington Brewery and get access to the trivia for free!
The Pairing Club is based out of Toronto and they run virtual events featuring local beer and cheese pairings. Events sell out quickly, so be sure to follow them on Instagram to get the latest details and secure a slot when the next date opens up!
Explore more here.
Join Toronto Common for one of their many virtual events. They partner with businesses to make fun, unique experiences. Founded in December 2013, they’ve hosted over 500 events to date. Past and upcoming workshops include virtual wine tastings, spa nights, whisky tasting, digital book clubs and more.
Browse and book here.
Rolling Hops has gone virtual, offering curated beer tours for you and your friends. Contact them for a private tour and they’ll organize everything, including getting beer to your pals. During non-COVID times, they offer brewery hop tours through the west- and east-end. Prefer a DIY tour? Check out the Middle of Somewhere guide here.
Charlie’s Burgers runs a wine delivery service where they send members different wines each month. As part of the program, they partner with restaurants where you can bring your bottle of wine and have the corkage fee waived. You can purchase subscriptions for 1 or more months. They also run dinner programs – sign up for their newsletter to get the latest info. Learn more here.
A great way to try new cocktails, you can get the Stay At Home Cocktail kit subscription for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. Each monthly kit comes with three new recipes and ingredients for 9 full sized drinks. Boxes are shipped to your door. Each purchase also comes with a free virtual cocktail class, held on the last Saturday of the month. Subscribe to more than one month and receive free goodies – detailed here.
*Note: Kits do not include alcohol, so be sure to stock your home bar with staples. See this post for guidance on building a great home bar.
Lovers Tempo is a Canadian company, and their quarterly subscription boxes are available to Canada & the US. Each box is valued over $150 and includes 3 of their most giftable pieces already beautifully wrapped. Cheese to keep everything or gift some of the pieces to special people in your life. Each box will include a surprise item as an additional gift to you. Order here.
Embiria is a Canadian lifestyle and well-being brand that offers private home experiences & workshops where they’ll plan everything and deliver the items to you – including brunch X yoga, watercolour painting, DIY facial oil blends and more. Embria also offers kits for sale, like cookie decorating and flower arrangements.
Join Toronto-based Anice Jewelry for a jewel at home night. Events run on select dates – see their latest availabilities on their website. Each class has a different theme and is appropriate for a variety of skill levels. Don’t have your own tools? When the world opens up again, consider bringing some friends for a jewelry event in their workshop. Read more details here.
Loved your experience? Sign up for one of their subscription boxes here!
In this live online class, you will learn the essentials of flower arranging, while creating a fresh garden style arrangement in a glass mason jar or ceramic vase (depending which class you select). All of the materials are included and will be delivered to you ahead of the class. Book here.
Select between a couple wreath and bouquet workshops and you’ll have all of the supplies and flowers delivered to your door. You’ll also be given access to a pre-recorded instructional video and a step-by-step PDF. Order here.
While this is not a Canadian company (it’s for the US), it is one of the best price-points I’ve found for a private virtual class if you want several people to be able to dial in separately. We did a virtual class for my mom’s birthday with 4 different houses dialing in, and I enjoyed it so much that I scheduled another class with my girlfriends (5-6 screens will be dialing in). The class library is huge, and you’ll get live instruction from a chef. Note that you have to purchase your own ingredients based off a provided list. Book here.
Le Dolci is offering a variety of classes – from learning the ins and outs of making pies, macarons, cinnamon buns, cakes and more. Most classes require you to purchase your own ingredients ahead of time, but some offer the ability to have ingredients delivered to you (it is denoted in the class titles).
Browse the class schedule & book here.