It’s been 5 years since the very first Toronto Cider Festival was held in Toronto, and I’m still just as excited as I was then. Cider is my drink of choice, and I’ve loved watching the craft cider industry grow over the past few years.
This year, the Toronto Cider Festival will be held at Sherborune Common, near the waterfront. Guests will be able to sip on over 100 ciders from 33 cideries across Canada and the US. Participating cideries include: Lonetree, Ironwood, Brickworks Ciderhouse, Pommies, Spirit Tree, Ernest Cider, Muskoka Lakes and more! Click here to see the full list.
The festival kicks off with Country Night on Friday, featuring Alessia Cohle and her live country band,
along with DJ Moonshine from the RockNHorse. Those with VIP tickets will get early admission to Friday Night, a commemorative sample mug, and 10 sample tokens along with a Limited Edition 2019 Key to the City and 225 exclusive membership.
On Saturday afternoon, there’s a Waterfront Day Drinking Session with musical entertainment. In the evening, there’s a VIP session presented by Lonetree Cider that will include cider and food pairings. It also comes with a commemorative sample mug and 10 sample tokens.
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Caesar cocktail lovers eagerly welcomed the Score on King to Toronto. This new pub hails from the west coast, and are known for their massive, over the top Caesars. However, this neighborhood spot is much more than a few fancy drinks. The Score serves up pub food with a twist and huge portions.The menu that they serve is identical to their Vancouver location. When they aren’t serving brunch, they have an all day menu with nachos, fried chicken, avocado fries, pulled pork mac n’ cheese, sushi sliders and other staples. (more…)
We are less than a month away from what is arguably Toronto’s cheesiest night, the Artisan Cheese Night Market at the St. Lawrence Market.
This festival will feature 150 artisan and farmstead cheeses to sample and purchase. In addition to cheese, you can try charcuterie, chocolate, artisan foods, olive oil, Ontario wine, craft beer and cider, and spirits.
There will be all sorts of cheese for sample and sale, including freshly stretched mozzarella. Some vendors include: Stonetown Artisan Cheese, Quality Cheese, Amour & Tradition (Quebec cheesemakers) Fromagerie Kapuskoise and many more.
The festival is run in 3 different sessions to avoid overcrowding, and only two sessions are left! Choose from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. or 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Don’t be disappointed, this event is selling fast! Grab your tickets at www.eventbrite.ca.
Bremner has been changing over the years. First we got the Ripley’s Aquarium, then the amazing Rec Room, and now, delicious eats. Steam Whistle Brewing has been in the brick roundhouse on Bremner for a very long time. In 1999 Steam Whistle took on a lease at the roundhouse to open a factory on-site. The rest is history. Steam Whistle has been brewing up fresh pilsner every since. In 2018 they expanded their operations to include another brewery. Now only 40% of Steam Whistle beer is brewed in Toronto. The rest is brewed in Vaughan.
Don’t be sad, this has freed up some space for some pretty cool things, including their new 2,500 square feet European inspired Biergarden. The restaurant is decked out in green and white with glowing neon signs and fresh plants. It has a very casual vibe, diners go to the green shipping container to place their orders. The goal was to create a traditional beirgarden that reflects the beauty of the ones in Munich, Germany. The restaurant can seat 100 people in bench style seating. When it warms up, 50 people will be able to dine on the patio.
Kingston, Ontario is one of those cities that I always end up stopping in on my way to another place, and always end up saying, I need to come back here! I was in desperate need of a winter staycation, and I decided to finally make Kingston my destination…and I already can’t wait to go back.
Where to Stay
Kingston isn’t too far from Toronto, just a 2.5 hour drive. We stayed in the ultra modern Delta Waterfront hotel, perched right by the water.
Cuisinart Elemental 13-Cup Food Processor
This food processor can handle anything that you throw at it! You can whip up large meals (delicious crab cakes, pizza dough and more) with it’s large bowl and powerful blades. A must for the home burgeoning on professional home cook!
Ninja Foodi TenderCrisp Pressure Cooker
The Ninja Foodi really can do it all. It can pressure cook, air fry, roast, broil and bake, all in one tidy package. You can do this all in one pot, making clean up a breeze.
Gold Thermal Carafe
This DavidsTEA carafe is super handy, especially if you’re a tea drinker. It can steep tea for up to 6 people, and the tea stays piping hot for several hours.
Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Pro Complete
With the Nutri Ninja, you can whip up a custom smoothie in a flash. Once you’re done blending your drink, just snap a lid on the cup and head out the door. This is the perfect gift for your friend who’s always on the go.
24 Teas to Love
Shake up your tea of the day with this 24 teas to love advent calendar. The days on this calendar aren’t marked, so this can be used throughout the year. It also comes with bonus surprises!
The Gardiner Museum is home to a new restaurant this fall. Clay is a new, beautifully designed restaurant brought to us from the genius minds of The Food Dudes.
Clay offers a select, seasonal menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. They’re open for brunch and lunch. I was invited to check out the new space, and immediately fell in love with the clean, simple design. (more…)