The Food Dudes Are About to Transform the St. Lawrence Market Like Never Before

Toronto is about to experience the iconic St. Lawrence Market like it never has before in its 216-year existence.

On Thursday, August 4 (6 to 10 pm), the St. Lawrence Market patio will transform into a downtown oasis of food, drink, music, performance and celebration the St. Lawrence Market Summer Series event, created in partnership with The Food Dudes.

The event unites the Market’s storied purveyors with Toronto’s finest chefs, musicians and artists in a true feast for the senses that takes Thirsty Thursdays to new levels.

If you’ve experienced the Food Dudes’ Block Party series – or ever eaten one of their creative culinary works of art – then you know that this is the type of event that will please the palates of even the pickiest foodie.


Food Dudes chefs will serve innovative features created to highlight St. Lawrence Market merchant products – like the Market burger with Brown Brothers Meats, street corn with Urban Fresh Produce, Korean steak tacos with Di Liso’s Fine Meats, jambalaya balls with Domenic’s Fish and Carnicero’s Fine Meats and many more delicious options.

St. Lawrence merchants will also showcase their expertly prepared foods, including freshly shucked oysters from Mike’s Fish, arepas from Manotas Organics and Fine Foods, raw vegan burritos from Cruda Café and Toronto’s Official Signature Dish – the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery.

Anyone who has been knows that there’s a reason the St. Lawrence Market was ranked the number one food market in the world by National Geographic.

“The Food Dudes are built on the concept of dynamic culinary arts and the principle of using the highest quality ingredients, so collaborating with the St. Lawrence Market – a Toronto landmark known around the world for the best food offerings – seemed like a natural fit,” said Adrian Niman, Food Dudes Owner and Executive Chef.

But it’s not just about the eats – or the fact this event marks the first held on the patio ever (which is kind of a big deal considering the South Building of the market was built in 1845). In addition to the young professional crowd, the event will also fill the iconic setting with music and art.

Of course, there will be no shortage of drinks to complement the food to toast some of the city’s finest to a breezy summer evening. Drink sponsors include Amsterdam Brewery and Tequila Tromba.


“Communal events that bridge the worlds of food, art, and music into one experience are the binding agents of real-life social engagement, and integral to our cultural identity,” said Food Dudes Creative Director and Owner Brent McClenahan. “Toronto is booming with diversity and talent, making these gatherings crucial to our collective mantra of innovation and evolution.”

Tickets for the Summer Series can be purchased online through General admission packages are $30 (plus taxes and fees) and include two food tickets for use at the event. Drink tickets and additional food tickets will be available for purchase onsite on August 4.

See you there.