I have been trying to make it to the Bier Market’s Fondue Festival for about 3 years. February is always so chock full of events, I usually end up missing it! This year I was determined to go, and ended up going TWICE! “Me, Yu, Und Fondue” only happens once a year. I went to their new location (closer to my house!) at Shops at Don Mills.
I’ve been here twice now, and I really love the vibe. I came on a Thursday, which seems to be a special night because they had samples of beer and a mussel station! It was busy and just a fun place to be.
We shared the Gorgonzola Fondue ($21) that was served with fennel sausage, saffron risotto fritters, Granny Smith apples and fresh baguette. This mild fondue was delicious…and very filling for two people! We had decided to share it as an appetizer and go with the flat breads as a meal. We didn’t end up finishing the fondue, it’s probably best shared with 3 people! The sausage was excellent, and so was the risotto fritter, but it kept falling apart in the fondue. It was too delicate to be dipped.
Next up were our flatbreads ($13 and called Flammekueche on the menu) I went with the chicken, and my boyfriend went with the sausage. The chicken on my flatbread was house smoked on top of Quebec brie, roasted garlic and mushrooms. The chicken was very fresh and tender, but I ended up enjoying the sausage one more. (he wouldn’t switch.) The spicy sausage Flammekueche had Quebec cheese curds, mushrooms and caramelized mushrooms.
I’ve noticed that the sausage is particularly good here, and would love to come back to try more.
I amazingly found myself here again this week for the tail end of the festival. This time, I went for one of the sandwiches and fondue paring. The chorizo croque monsieur ($16) was filled with smoked sausage and Quebec cheese curds. It was paired with a Manchengo cheese and roasted red pepper fondue. I ended up liking the sandwich better than my flat bread. It was cheesy and very filling. The one thing that I had a problem with was the fondue. These individual fondues came in small pots that were warmed by a candle. The fondue never really warmed up the way it should have. I don’t think that the candle was strong enough. My friend had the same issue. The bigger pot of fondue was warm consistently because it had a bigger burner under it.
If you are reading this now, I highly recommend you head to the Bier Markt before the festival ends! It’s only on until this Sunday, Feb 26th. Don’t forget to make a reservation, as they are packed in the evenings.