Weekend Planner: June 18–19, 2011
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Weekend Planner: June 18–19, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Celebrate strawberry season at St. Lawrence Market on Saturday. Photo by ariehsinger from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

This weekend in Toronto: run, walk, or just relax at IDRF’s Sportathon; strawberries are in season and you can celebrate at St. Lawrence Market; attend George Brown’s community food fair; dance the night away at David Guetta’s show; take part in a very tasty smoked-meat sandwich battle; and, even though both Luminato and NXNE are coming to a close, it’s not too late to check out our recommendations.

FUNDRAISER: The International Development and Relief Foundation is hosting a Sportathon called Eat. Play. Give. at High Park this weekend. The event includes a 5k race and walkathon, as well as a barbecue, and mini soccer and Ultimate Frisbee games. Funds raised will support IDRF’s programs around the world and in Toronto related to child education. High Park Area 1 and 2 (1873 Bloor Street West), Saturday 9 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE–$35 (depending on age and level of participation).
FOOD: Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned strawberry social? St. Lawrence Market is hosting its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday to celebrate the start of the season for the yummy red berry. Strawberry-lovers can participate in a jam-making session, and numerous chefs, including Michael Bonacini and Massimo Capra will be making strawberry delicacies at the Market Kitchen. St. Lawrence Market (93 Front Street East), Saturday 10 a.m.–1 p.m., FREE.
COMMUNITY: George Brown College is hosting a community food fair called Hungry for Change on Saturday that will give Torontonians “a chance to sample free, locally grown food from 10 of Toronto’s community kitchens, chefs, farmers, teachers and gardeners.” The event will highlight the challenges many residents face in accessing healthy food, and it will also include a short film and panel discussion. George Brown Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts (300 Adelaide Street East), Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m., FREE (register for free tickets here)
MUSIC: There’s music around every corner this weekend with NXNE coming to a close and the MMVAs in town. On Saturday night you can also check out world-renowned DJ and music producer David Guetta playing his hits. Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay East) Saturday 9 p.m., $86.25–$110.75.
FOOD BATTLE: It’s not every day that you can take part in a meat battle, but that’s exactly what’s going down on Sunday at The Stop’s Deli Duel. This year, Caplansky’s will defend the title of best smoked meat sandwich against Goldin’s and The Stockyards. Sandwiches will be available for purchase from all three delis alongside juice, beer, and cocktails with proceeds benefiting The Stop. Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), Sunday 1 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE admission and food available for purchase for $3–$5.
LUMINATO: The annual multi-disciplinary festival that “brings Toronto’s light to the world, and the world’s light to Toronto” runs from June 10–19 this year. Check out our preview of Luminato 2011, which includes Torontoist‘s top picks from this year’s festival.
NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 13-19 this year, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE. We’ll have recommendations for shows to check out posted every day at 11:30 a.m., so check back shortly and load up on musical goodness.