This Saturday, the city’s food lovers will face a difficult choice: spend the night bidding farewell to the three-year-old Toronto Underground Market, or attend the debut of Urban Rodeo and BBQ, a totally new food event hosted by nature-loving non-profit Evergreen (and supported by media partner Toronto Life). The fundraiser will see 40 chefs spread out over 10 culinary stations, each devoted to a different kind of food, including organic chicken from Gilead’s Jamie Kennedy and offal-infused dishes from Buca’s Rob Gentile (other stations include “Wheat,” “Shellfish” and “Pork and Maple”). Best to arrive hungry and take advantage of the themed festivities—mechanical bull rides, lasso lessons, carnival games, music from local blues duo catl and more—before you make the most of your ticket, which includes all you can eat and drink. So, country lovers, ditch the Dakota Tavern for a night and take a rest from the Rock ‘n’ Horse Saloon. The rodeo’s in town.
Sept. 27. $150 (food & drink incl.). Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Ave., 416-596-1495, evergreen.ca