Wanted to support the fight against the Highland mega-quarry project last fall but couldn't make it all the way to Shelburne for Foodstock? You're in luck this year because the event, retitled Soupstock, takes place October 21 at Woodbine Park in the Beaches. More than 150 chefs will whip up soup, including heavy hitters like Jamie Kennedy, Michael Stadtländer, Susur Lee and Ruby Watchco's Lora Kirk. Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, new-age guitarist Jesse Cook and a slew of local acts provide the dinner music. Admission is free and strictly BYOB - bring your own bowl (and spoon and napkins). Soup tickets are $10 for three servings. For more info: soupstock.ca.
Vampires might want to take a pass, but those in thrall to the stinking rose will want to head to the Brick Works Saturday and Sunday (October 13 and 14) for the second annual Toronto Garlic Festival. Expect garlic seminars, cooking demos from celebu-chefs like Top Chef Canada season one runner-up Rob Rossi of Bestellen and a worst garlic breath contest. $8-$10. For more info: torontogarlicfestival.ca.
Not quite, but owner/chef Aaron Joseph Bear Robe's wildly creative Keriwa Café (1690 Queen West, at Roncesvalles, 416-533-2552, keriwacafe.ca) no longer offers à la carte dinner service. Instead of a nightly supper lineup, the restaurant is only open a once a week, serving a tasting menu, starting Saturday (October 13). The $300 per person prix fixe includes wine, tax and gratuity, though you can BYOW and get the same 13-course spread for only $200. But what about weekend brunch?
"I love eggs," laughs Robe. "But I'd rather spend the time with my family."