Easy Summer Entertaining Starts at The National Home Show

A glass outdoor dining table on a luxury backyard deck

Spending quality time with friends and family is always one of the best parts of summer. With long weekends and better weather quickly approaching, a visit to The National Home Show is the perfect place to brush up on your hosting and entertaining skills.


From Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 24, check out more than 500 vendors specializing in all things home. And if you’re a firm believer that the kitchen is the heart of the home like we are, you won’t want to miss the Food Network Canada Outdoor Kitchen designed by IKEA at this year’s show.

Enjoy hands-on cooking demonstrations from leading chefs and attend wine pairing seminars hosted by top sommeliers. From learning how to style a chic charcuterie board or decorate a seriously impressive cake, this is a show any food lover won’t want to miss.

Ready to hit the Home Show? Here are some of the most anticipated events at the Food Network Canada Outdoor Kitchen that you need to check out.

Wine Sisters: Aperitivo Hour

Skip over-priced drinks at the local bar and host aperitivo hour at home. Toronto’s top sommeliers will teach you how to bring this Italian tradition to your own backyard, just in time for summer.

  • Friday, April 15 at 6:00 pm
  • Friday, April 22 at 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, April 23 at 6:00 pm
  • Just Vertical: Indoor Produce and Herb Growing

    No backyard? No problem. Learn how to create a vertical garden for fresh herbs and veggies grown in your very own kitchen – no green thumb required!

  • Wednesday, April 20 at 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, April 21 at 12:00 pm
  • The Graze Anatomy: Charcuterie Boards and Grazing Box Styling Tips

    Are you as obsessed with charcuterie as we are? If so, you don’t want to miss this fun workshop. Top food stylist Sophia Cong of The Graze Anatomy shares how to create an Insta-worthy charcuterie board and grazing box all your friends will love.

  • Thursday, April 21 at 5:00 pm
  • Friday, April 22 at 5:00 pm