St. Lawrence Market’s reportedly newly expanded hours of operation are being celebrated by the Market by launching the Sunday Chef Series of live cooking demonstrations featuring celebrated Canadian chefs and market fresh recipes.
Last Sunday, July 31 Market hosted the first Sunday Chef Series event with Chef Victor Barry of Toronto’s PIANO PIANO and his family serving wood-fire baked pizzas using Market fresh ingredients for hundreds of hungry Market visitors.
St. Lawrence Market would be continuing the Sunday Chef Series over the next three months, with 12 chefs offering free cooking demonstrations and samples of Market fresh dishes.
The events will be held on pedestrianized Market Street until cooler weather arrives in October when events move inside the South Market.
Market visitors can catch the upcoming Sunday Chef Series events from approximately noon to 2 p.m. on upcoming Sundays:
- August 7 – Mexican Street Food
Chef Elia Herrera (executive chef & co-owner of Colibri Toronto and Tecolote, television personality, Top Chef Canada, and culinary brand ambassador)
- August 14 – Bollywood Barbecue
Chef Vikram Vij (co-owner Vij’s Group of Restaurants Vancouver, Food Network & Dragon’s Den personality, cookbook author, and Gastronaut)
- August 21 – Fun Family Cooking
Chef Lynn Crawford (chef, cookbook author, Food Network judge, and television host)
- August 28 – Dining Al Fresco
Chef Claudio Aprile (chef, television personality, judge MasterChef Canada)
- September 4 – Seafood Palace
Chef Charlotte Langley (chef, culinary director, Marine Stewardship Council ambassador, co-founder and Chief Culinary Officer at Scout Canning)
- September 11 – Seafood Supper
Chef Matt Dean Pettit (chef, entrepreneur, cookbook author, and radio and television personality)
- September 18 – Get Ready to Grill
Chef Ted Reader (chef, cookbook author, television personality)
- September 25 – Asian Meets Caribbean Soul Food
Chef Craig Wong (chef-owner of Patois and Bar Mignonette Toronto, executive chef of Ting Irie Dubai, television host and personality)
- October 2 – Get Ready for Thanksgiving
Chef David Adjey (celebrity chef, owner BOUFFE Toronto, Food Network personality, cookbook author and world traveler)
- October 16 – Couples: In the Kitchen Together
Chef Ivana Raca (chef, gourmet caterer, personality on Food Network, and Beat Bobby Flay where she beat Bobby Flay with her signature ricotta gnocchi)
- October 23 – Finding Home in the Kitchen
Chef Suzanne Barr (chef, author, social advocate, television personality)
- October 30 – Fall Flavours
Cookbook author and television host Mary Berg (Mary Makes It Easy, Mary’s Kitchen Crush, and winner MasterChef Canada)
Customers are encouraged to shop inside the South Market building and enjoy live jazz music with the Soul Pop Trio by Bongo & B Entertainment on Market Street throughout the day.
St. Lawrence Market Hours of Operation
St. Lawrence Market’s new hours of operation are in effect. The South Market (main building, 91 to 95 Front St. E.) hours are:
- Tuesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Closed on Mondays
The St. Lawrence Market Saturday Farmers Market continues to operate inside the Temporary Market building, 125 The Esplanade, from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekly.
With the transitions into the expanded hours of operation during winter, Tuesdays will be a flexible day for South Market merchants for the first six weeks. Some merchants may be closed to the public or operate with reduced hours each Tuesday, up to and including Tuesday, September 6. The customers would be kept informed of St. Lawrence Market’s modified merchant operations on Tuesdays. All merchants will be open for the full duration of operating hours on all other days.
The Market’s new hours are a one-year pilot project that will inform a more permanent operating schedule for 2023 and beyond as well as increase the accessibility of Market with service hours that meet visitors’ changing needs and preferences.
The change in hours also includes that Market can open on Sundays, as well as later morning opening times and later weekday evening closing times.
According to the recent public survey conducted by the City, Consumer feedback received indicated a high demand for customers to be able to shop after regular office working hours and on Sundays as an additional weekend shopping day.
Based on this feedback the expanded operating hours include two additional hours of operation each weekday evening and a seven-hour additional shopping day on Sundays.
More information about the hours of operation pilot project and the Sunday Chef Series is available on the St. Lawrence Market website .