Food lovers of the world: Restaurant Day is popping up at a space near you on Sunday, February 17!
Restaurant Day originated in Helsinki, Finland in May 2011 and has since spread to over 35 countries. The one-day carnival celebrating restaurant and food culture happens four times a year (once every season) and allows anyone to set up a restaurant, café, or bar for a day. What’s even cooler is that your one-day business venture can happen anywhere: your home, workplace, sidewalk, park, beach, or wherever your foodie heart desires! (For ideas, check out the photo albums of past events. I’m partial to the closet–meets–blanket fort.)
Besides the main goal of having fun, Restaurant Day encourages participants to create a restaurant that you’d like to visit yourself, share different restaurant experiences with other people, and enjoy our living environment together. This year marks Toronto’s first-ever celebration of Restaurant Day with Whippersnapper (594-B Dundas St. W.) serving up vegetarian noshes, jazzy tunes, festive decorations, good vibes, and open arms from noon to 5 pm. Organizers call it more of a hangout sesh than a proper restaurant, but as the city’s only offering this season, they’re hoping to warm up Torontonians to the idea for the next event in May.
To find a pop-up restaurant near you (or start your own!), check out the Restaurant Day website.