News Release
August 4, 2022

In celebration of St. Lawrence Market’s newly expanded hours of operation, the Market has launched the Sunday Chef Series of live cooking demonstrations featuring celebrated Canadian chefs and market fresh recipes.

This past Sunday, July 31 was first Sunday opening and the Market hosted the first Sunday Chef Series event with Chef Victor Barry of Toronto’s PIANO PIANO. Chef Victor and his family served wood-fire baked pizzas using Market fresh ingredients for hundreds of hungry Market visitors.

Over the next three months, St. Lawrence Market is continuing the Sunday Chef Series with 12 chefs, offering free cooking demonstrations and samples of Market fresh dishes. The events will be held on the pedestrianized Market Street, until cooler weather arrives in October and the 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)

Those visiting the Market this Sunday for the next Sunday Chef Series event with Chef Elia Herrera will learn how to make Elia’s authentic guacamole and traditional Mexican street corn. Customers are encouraged to make a day of it with shopping inside the South Market building and 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.

As the Market transitions into the expanded hours of operation, Tuesdays will be a flexible day for South Market merchants for the first six weeks. Each Tuesday, up to and including Tuesday, September 6, some merchants may be closed to the public or operate with reduced hours. St. Lawrence Market will keep customers informed of modified merchant operations on Tuesdays here . 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. The revised hours of operation will make the Market more accessible with service hours that meet visitors’ changing needs and preferences.

The change in hours include having the Market open on Sundays, as well as later morning opening times and later weekday evening closing times. Consumer feedback received in the recent public survey conducted by the City indicated that there was 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 evenings 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.


“For me, the magic of a great meal comes from sharing the experience with friends, family and loved ones. It was great to be able to share the flavours of St. Lawrence Market with everyone this past Sunday. I’m so happy that food lovers from Toronto and beyond now have even more opportunity to savour the Market experience with the expanded hours of operation.”

– Chef Victor Barry

“I’m looking forward to sharing some authentic Mexican flavours with Market visitors this Sunday. Sundays are a great day to explore the city with friends and family and St. Lawrence Market is the perfect place to go.”

– Chef Elia Herrera

“The diversity of flavours at St. Lawrence Market is unmatched! I’m looking forward to sharing these flavours with Market visitors at my upcoming Sunday Chef Series event. I know that having expanded hours for the Market will give even more people the ability to experience the sights, scents and flavours of the Market for themselves.”

– Chef Vikram Vij

“St. Lawrence Market is one of my favourite places in Toronto. I’m thrilled to be able to highlight the amazing local products available at the Market in my cooking demonstration this Sunday and encourage everyone to utilize the newly expanded hours of operation to support the local businesses of the Market.”

– Chef Lynn Crawford

“St. Lawrence Market is a true community anchor. I’m excited for Toronto residents and visitors to have even more opportunities to get to the Market with the expanded hours of operation. I look forward to highlighting some of my favourite Market vendors in my upcoming Sunday Chef Series event.”

– Chef Claudio Aprile

“I think St. Lawrence Market is one of Toronto’s most amazing places. I’m super pumped that the new hours of operation will make it easier for more people to experience this culinary gem. I can’t wait for the Sunday Chef Series event and am looking forward to sharing the Market’s amazing seafood selection with so many people.”

– Chef Charlotte Langley

“I go to St. Lawrence Market whenever I have the opportunity and love helping people discover this local gem. I think it’s amazing that everyone will have more time to explore the Market and am really looking forward to showcasing my top Market spots in the Sunday Chef Series.”

– Chef Matt Dean Pettit

“St. Lawrence Market has everything you need to host an incredible barbecue. I can’t wait to share fresh grilling tips with Market visitors in the Sunday Chef Series. With so many different fresh foods to try, it’s great to hear that the Market now has expanded hours so that customers have more time to take it all in.”

– Chef Ted Reader

“I’m psyched to be a part of the St. Lawrence Market Sunday Chef Series. To me, the Market is an incredible place for people from all over Toronto to gather and engage with Toronto foods in a unique space with an extensive and rich food history. I’m excited to help celebrate the Market’s new expanded hours and I know that everyone will take advantage of these new opportunities to visit the Market.”

– Chef Craig Wong

“I’m thrilled to be coming back to cook at St. Lawrence Market and help customers discover everything the Market has to offer to make special meals even more memorable. The Market’s expanded hours will allow customers to indulge a little bit more every day.”

– Chef David Adjey

“St. Lawrence Market is a source of so much culinary inspiration. I think it’s fantastic that the Market has expanded hours of operation to make it easier for local residents to get fresh ingredients to make amazing meals at home. I can’t wait to share my cooking tips for couples and condo dwellers in the Sunday Chef Series.”

– Chef Ivana Raca

“St. Lawrence Market is at the heart of so many of Toronto’s food stories. I thinks it’s awesome that so many more people will be able to create their own Market story with the expanded hours of operation. I’m looking forward to the Sunday Chef Series event and sharing some fresh soul food with Market visitors.”

– Chef Suzanne Barr

“When you have incredible ingredients it’s easy to create big flavours in any kitchen. I can’t wait to share my favourite Market flavours with Toronto residents this fall. The Market’s expanded hours of operations are an incredible opportunity to make every day even more delicious.”

– Cookbook author and television host Mary Berg

St. Lawrence Market is a renowned international food market featuring 120 merchants, vendors and farmers, offering fresh produce, meats and specialty items. Serving Toronto residents and international visitors since 1803, the market is regularly recognized as one of Toronto’s most popular destinations and was ranked the number one food market in the world by National Geographic. The St. Lawrence Market Complex consists of St. Lawrence Hall, the South Market and the North Market – the latter now in its temporary home at 125 The Esplanade. For information about the St. Lawrence Market Complex, visit here, or follow us on Facebook , Twitter or Instagram  .

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