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ylsf Apr 5, 2013 08:17 AM

I liked that the Quebec forum has a "foods events" thread. Please use this thread to post about events that are happening in the city or elsewhere in Ontario. This can be one off events, or annual events. Like, for example fundraisers that involve food, or big festivals/events that don't really need their own thread (i.e. Winterlicious/Summerlicious have usually had a seperate thread). Maybe people don't post about events because they don't want a new thread and there is a fine line about "advertising" vs. informing.

So, a couple of ones that I know about coming up soon:

April TUM - April 6th (tomorrow):

http://yumtum.ca/
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Kho San Rd. is doing a Songkran celebration again but this time around in the parking lot across from their restaurant. Other chefs involved including chefs from Daisho, Hawker Bar, etc.. I won't be going this time but enjoyed the water fights at the restaurant last year:

http://khaosanroad.ca/songkran2556.pdf

I am not posting about "special menus" in this thread normally but just a heads up that Sabai Sabai is doing a special menu for Songkran but not sure about the water fight aspect :
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Eigensinn Farm's annual Wild Leek and Maple Syrup Festival
May 5, 2013 - $160 per person
Ticket available as of today. A write up/more details on Spotlight TO site:

http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/upcom...

Would love to go to this but don't think I can convince friends to spend that kind of money. Having been to the fundraiser to stop the quarry up north when they were also cooking out in the forest it was quiet a memorable time.

Hope to learn about some interesting events from other CHers!

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  1. TorontoJo RE: ylsf Apr 5, 2013 09:22 AM

    Food Truck Eats is hosting its second event at Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

    I went to the first one last year and really enjoyed the setting. It's not nearly as crazy busy as the FTE events in Toronto, and you can throw a blanket down and make a picnic of it. Pricing is the same as last year: $15 entry fee, which includes a Govino wine glass and a glass of Peller Estates wine.

    http://www.peller.com/cms/peller/visi...

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      graydyn RE: ylsf Apr 5, 2013 12:00 PM

      BlogTO lists a few for this weekend:
      http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

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        ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 11, 2013 06:24 AM

        Green Living Show is this upcoming weekend. I usually enjoy their food related areas. Lot of free samples, plus, there is an area where you can sample/buy food and wine and more higher end food options.

        Here is part of the food programming/demos/vendor info:

        http://greenlivingonline.com/torontos...

        There are various ways to get in for free. Details on their website but includes "ewaste" (i.e. bring in an old keyboard, mouse, computer monitor, etc, etc and get a coupon to get in for free), also if you are a Live Green Member, and other options

        Definitely recommend it.

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          ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 14, 2013 04:52 PM

          Heard an ad today for the "Canadian Tire Home and Auto Show" at the North Building of the Metro Convention centre:
          http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/Resear...

          It is free. Appearances by Cake Boss and demos by Lynn Crawford, Rob Rainford and Ted Reader and the main food related items

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            ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 22, 2013 09:43 AM

            Kampai

            Festival of Sake

            Try over 100 premium sakes

            www.kampaitoronto.com

            May 30, 2013 - Fermenting Cellar - 6:30pm to 9pm

            Advance ticket price $65 until May 23
            At door/after the 23rd - $75
            (subject to availability)

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              happycamper RE: ylsf May 8, 2013 12:15 AM

              Has anyone been? This is their second year, curious to their line-up and the crowd.

            2. Charles Yu RE: ylsf Apr 22, 2013 09:58 AM

              Fellow Chowfriends,
              I am planning a 'Live B.C Spotted Prawns' Chowmeet around June!!
              Dishes feature will include the prawns prepared wok-fry a la 'O Mei'. Also, thinking of complimenting this signature dish with 'Peppered Honey Glazed Fried Jumbo size West Coast Oysters', Peking Duck, Sauteed Angus Filet Mignon Cubes with caramelized Walnuts and Teriyaki sauce.......?!!
              STAY TUNE!!

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                Breadcrumbs RE: Charles Yu Apr 22, 2013 10:19 AM

                That sounds incredible Charles...we'll be looking forward to your updates. What a great idea!

              2. Googs RE: ylsf Apr 22, 2013 10:51 AM

                Toronto.com covers a lot of ground:
                http://www.toronto.com/events/?type=a...

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                  Breadcrumbs RE: Googs Apr 22, 2013 10:58 AM

                  Googs that's a great link...thank-you! I've bookmarked it.

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                  ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 26, 2013 07:15 AM

                  La Carnita is doing a sequel to Uno last year.... I stopped by last year for Uno after another event and the line up was CRAZY long. I didn't end up waiting. My friends went and enjoyed it though. I think it was free or super cheap last year, curious to see the ticket prices this year.
                  Of note is that Big Star is coming up for Chicago. Both La Carnita and Big Star will be selling tacos:

                  http://lacarnita.com/the-latest/dos/
                  Tickets on sale June 1st, event is July 19th, at Brickworks

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                    jlunar RE: ylsf Apr 26, 2013 07:20 AM

                    WAT BIG STAR!? Thanks for the tip ylsf!

                    Last year, getting in wasn't too bad just before 9pm or whenever the food was to have started rolling out. But then you had to line up for tickets to get food (I was lucky and got mine from people walking out) and THEN you had to line up for the food. Which was an hour long. I wouldn't have waited except we were waiting for others to join us anyway.

                    So current stats: excited about Big Star, uncertain I care to wait that much. Hopefully, they'll apply their learning from last year for a better event.

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                      Shari_Toronto RE: ylsf May 20, 2013 09:28 AM

                      This is supposed to be epic. I went to the event last year, and it was quite unorganized when it came to the food. I have heard back from the event organizers that they have ironed out the details, and all will be gouda this year. I am so going!!!

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                        ylsf RE: Shari_Toronto May 22, 2013 09:09 AM

                        Do you or anyone else know the cost of the tickets? They are suppose to go on sale next Saturday but the cost doesn't seem to be posted anywhere yet.

                        BTW, The Stop Night Market went on sale today

                        http://www.nightmarket.thestop.org/

                        As mentioned before, definitely recommend this event. Hope it is as good as last year.

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                          FrenchSoda RE: ylsf May 28, 2013 08:48 AM

                          Same question, does anyone know the price of the tickets? There's not much info on their site.

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                            ylsf RE: FrenchSoda May 28, 2013 09:43 AM

                            I am guessing it will be pricey.. and maybe they are just hoping people will jump out it without thinking when the release the tickets on Saturday? Hope they release the ticket price in advance though, maybe someone should tweet to them or try Facebook.

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                              jlunar RE: ylsf May 28, 2013 09:56 AM

                              Technically, entry was free last year. Food & Drink were $5? Something like that. I just hated the lineups. C R A Z Y

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                        ylsf RE: ylsf May 31, 2013 06:59 AM

                        So the "ticket" page is up now (won't go live for purchases until tomorrow at noon). Says $20. I imagine there will be service fees on top of that.

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                        ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 29, 2013 07:27 AM

                        SewHungry is this Friday on Ottawa Street in Hamilton. I went last year for a bit and I really enjoyed the atmosphere. I had never been to that area of Hamilton before. Some very tasty food from some local spots (like Poco Loco) plus the food trucks.

                        Free to go, free parking on side streets (although, can be tricky if you get there later), wasn't SUPER crowded (i.e. lines weren't too bad) but they had a good turn out for the 3 or 4 hours last year. This year, they are adding an evening session as well (last year was just lunch)

                        http://sewhungry.com/event/

                        FB: https://www.facebook.com/OttawaStreetBIA

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                          ylsf RE: ylsf Apr 30, 2013 06:57 AM

                          The Stop Night Market is returning again this year. This time for 2 nights:

                          Some initial details here, full line up coming out tomorrow.
                          http://www.spotlighttoronto.com/upcom...

                          Tickets on sale May 22nd, website hasn't been updated fully yet but should be by tomorrow I guess
                          http://www.nightmarket.thestop.org/

                          This was one of my favourite events last year, I highly recommend checking it out. The atmosphere/food/charity involved/etc

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                            jlunar RE: ylsf Apr 30, 2013 08:07 AM

                            Agreed, great event. Ticket sale date is already in my calendar :D

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                              jlunar RE: ylsf May 22, 2013 09:20 AM

                              On sale! Guys, really, don't wait to get your tickets.

                              My post from last year (mostly images): http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/06/21/th...

                              The intro from said post:

                              The sun was beating down on hot pavement and the air was thick and steamy. But even that didn’t deter the hungry horde at yesterday’s Night Market fundraiser for The Stop. Lanterns and flags were strung high across the area and the addition of artful and innovative booths (done by talented designers) really gave things a festive air.

                              With the $50 ticket being all-inclusive of food and drink, it was nice not to have to juggle money alongside plates of food (and in my case, a camera). This was a great event – both food-wise and visually – check out what you missed (warning: really image-heavy post)!

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                                midtowngirl RE: jlunar May 22, 2013 09:26 AM

                                Have you been able to access their website? I've been trying since noon and so far not able to get on to buy tickets.

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                                  TorontoJo RE: midtowngirl May 22, 2013 09:29 AM

                                  Try this link to get tickets. I think they cut over from their web site to the Uniiverse site:

                                  https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/th...

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                                    midtowngirl RE: TorontoJo May 22, 2013 10:40 AM

                                    According to their facebook page the website has crashed and they suggest to just keep trying. I got as far as the order page a couple of times, but it just shut down and I had to start over and never got all the way to purchase confirmation. As of 2pm tickets appear to be sold out so looks like some people were getting through.

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                                      jlunar RE: midtowngirl May 22, 2013 11:23 AM

                                      holy moly, sold out. that was fast.

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                                        TorontoJo RE: midtowngirl May 22, 2013 12:19 PM

                                        That's crazy! I thought I was being slightly silly for starting my browser refresh 11:59am, but obviously not. Oy. That's such a bummer for all the people who wanted to go but couldn't get through on the site.

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                                          midtowngirl RE: TorontoJo May 22, 2013 01:03 PM

                                          I know I'm really disappointed! I actually started refreshing the page before noon too and spent two hours trying to get through but no luck as the site kept crashing while I was mid-order. Looks like I'm not the only one judging by the angry comments on the facebook page!

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                                            bytepusher RE: midtowngirl May 22, 2013 02:21 PM

                                            uniiverse strikes again...I refuse to go to events that they do the ticketing for

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                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 18, 2013 12:17 PM

                                  BTW, I am helping out with registration tonight. If any CHers are going tonight that I have met before keep an eye out for me and say hi :)

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                                    TorontoJo RE: ylsf Jun 19, 2013 04:19 AM

                                    Oh darn, had I known, I would have introduced myself! I was with the very first group in line 1.

                                    Great event -- food was really excellent almost across the board. And I loved the thought and creativity that went into the construction of the booths.

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                                      ylsf RE: TorontoJo Jun 19, 2013 12:18 PM

                                      Too bad, next time!
                                      Yeah, they have a bunch of different architects/groups designing the booths. Almost easy to miss that element when you focus on the food but later I went back to look at some when the crowds died town. Really impressive, unfortunately by then it was darker and hard to get some nice shots with my cell cam.

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                                        jlunar RE: ylsf Jun 19, 2013 08:15 PM

                                        Sorry I missed saying hello! I managed to get a shot of all the booths at the beginning. I may eventually get around to posting that.

                                        For those interested, here are my photos of The Stop's Night Market (Night 1): http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/06/19/th...

                                        There are a loooot of photos. Best surprise was the cronut hole from Chef Victor Barry.

                                        Gotta process my photos from night 2. Mental note to self: don't do two giant eating events back-to-back. I found myself flagging earlier and unable to consume nearly as much as yesterday. Ugh.

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                                          jlunar RE: jlunar Jun 21, 2013 12:05 PM

                                          Aaaand... Night Two photos:

                                          http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/06/21/th...

                                          Some friends thought Night 2 was better, but I thought the second night was just as good as the first, IMO. Did anyone else do both?

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                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 18, 2013 08:13 PM

                                    For the record, another great year. I didn't get a chance to eat until later in the evening but I had plenty of good food and the vibe was really nice again this year. Lines did definitely get long at times but to be expected. Some places "sold out" quickly (some within 30 minutes of opening). I am not sure if those spots were just serving really quickly or maybe just brought the suggested number of servings.

                                    Anyway, good night overall and still tomorrow to go. I am too full to type more but I am sure hungryabbey will have a full report on her blog and I think jLunar was there tonight or tmrw.

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                                      jlunar RE: ylsf Jun 18, 2013 08:41 PM

                                      I was there! Processing photos. Be there tomorrow too :D

                                  3. jlunar RE: ylsf May 2, 2013 01:51 PM

                                    Stuff I thought was cool this week:

                                    Market 707′s Public Patio Fundraising [to June 2]
                                    Scadding court’s ever-evolving shipping-container food fest is fundraising for a new patio. Not an event, I know, but I’m going to plug it here because I think it’s worthwhile. Since it’s a la Kickstarter, certain levels of donations net you some goodies. You can check out the tiers down the left-hand side. Tax receipts too.
                                    https://projexity.com/projects/view/M...

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                                    ROM’s Friday Night Live [May 3
                                    ]ROM FNL kicks off their Spring 2013 season. I’ll be there. Advance tickets are sold out, but they’ll have limited tickets at the door. Be prepared to wait.
                                    http://rom.on.ca/en/activities-progra...

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                                    So You Think You Can Cook Fiddlehead Culinary Competition [May 3
                                    ]A fundraiser for SickKids with names like Massimo Capra and Rob Rainford attached to this. I don’t usually include 99% of the fundraisers out there, but felt that this one was special – ’tis the season for fiddleheads.
                                    http://www.norcliff.com/cooking-conte...

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                                    Scottish Whisky Tasting at The Caledonian [May 4
                                    ]Perhaps not unique, but with the rise of cocktails and whatnot, this might appeal to some of you. Scotch whisky has many different notes and flavours depending on where it’s from – and this is a great way to explore and contrast those flavours.
                                    http://experiences.joylister.com/expe...

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                                    Good Vs Evil Prix Fixe Dinner [May 5
                                    ]Bourdain and Ripert come to the Sony Centre and the Tempered Beast duo of Bertrand Alépée and Scott Vivian dish out a 4-course dinner before the show.
                                    http://www.sonycentre.ca/Food-And-Dri...

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                                    Loooooooots of events. These are only the ones that piqued my interest, even!

                                    From the May round up: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2013/05/02/ni...

                                    1. kwass RE: ylsf May 5, 2013 11:07 AM

                                      There's also an event on May 26th that should be awesome!! It's going to bring together a lot of the city's food truck and pop-up vendor chefs. Here's a link to the info:

                                      http://goo.gl/geAAy

                                      http://ow.ly/kHkt8

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                                        ylsf RE: kwass May 6, 2013 08:17 AM

                                        Thanks, looks interesting...For those that don't want to click the link it is basically a "Kitchen Stadium" style battle of chefs with a secret ingredient. Sounds like fun.

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                                        ylsf RE: ylsf May 6, 2013 08:20 AM

                                        An event called "CraveTO" happening at Brickworks on May 24th, 2013 - Food Trucks, DJs, etc

                                        http://www.ticketscene.ca/events/8155

                                        Tickets are $17ish plus service fees I imagine.

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                                          jlunar RE: ylsf May 6, 2013 09:10 AM

                                          This one feels like a mashup of food trucks and TUM with a DJ for a slightly younger audience.

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                                          ylsf RE: ylsf May 7, 2013 08:46 PM

                                          Burger Week from The Grid and various restaurants is returning again this year. Looks like more restaurants, and, the "Burger Day" is an all you can eat "sliders" event for $30 (I put sliders in quotes because I know some of you get annoyed when used to referred to as a small burger vs. an actual slider)

                                          May 29th to June 2nd (June 2nd is Burger Day)... Curious to see Banh Mi Boys listed there... wonder if they will have a burger special for those few days??
                                          http://www.thegridto.com/burger-week/

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                                            ylsf RE: ylsf May 8, 2013 08:21 PM

                                            June 8, 2013 - International Centre, Mississauga - Canada's Gluten-free market - http://www.canadasglutenfreemarket.ca/

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                                              ylsf RE: ylsf May 9, 2013 07:31 AM

                                              For fans of Susur:

                                              May 24 - 26 - Weekend with Susur Lee - Deerhurst Resort-

                                              For the first time ever, food aficionados can meet, greet, watch and savour the artistry of Chef Susur Lee in the Muskoka setting of Deerhurst Resort during this special culinary weekend

                                              http://www.deerhurstresort.com/susur-lee

                                              Too rich for my blood ($349 per night is the cheapest if you stay for 2 nights), but maybe someone here is interested :)

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                                                ylsf RE: ylsf May 9, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                The Big Night at The Stop - June 5, 2013 - Wychwood Barns -

                                                http://www.bignight.thestop.org/

                                                $200, charity fundraiser for The Stop

                                                Nonna-inspired from Chris Brown (The Stop),
                                                Lorenzo Loseto (George), John Sinopoli (Ascari Enoteca) and
                                                George Taluri and Branko Vrbaski (Noce).

                                                Also featuring chefs from Vertical, Terroni, Cheese Boutique
                                                and Panganelli. Wines will be provided by Stratus Vineyards
                                                and Vineland Estates Winery.

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                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf May 13, 2013 08:06 PM

                                                  Toronto Food Fest - June 23, 2013 (Sunday) - 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
                                                  Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
                                                  5183 Sheppard Avenue East
                                                  Scarborough, Ontario
                                                  Canada M1B 5Z5

                                                  Free Admission
                                                  http://tofoodfest.com/

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                                                    Googs RE: ylsf May 14, 2013 09:37 AM

                                                    What's so one-of-a-kind about TO Food Fest? There's a wealth of ethnic culinary talent in Scarborough. I see two vendors, Marathon Donuts & Coffee and Francesca Bakery, with bricks and mortar locations in Scarborough. Three more are also fulltime food retailers from Toronto. The rest appear to be a collection of "caterers" that specialize in events. Very rippy offy.

                                                    Shame on TO Food Fest and, while I'm at it, shame on Taste of Lawrence for not doing enough to support and highlight local businesses.

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                                                      bytepusher RE: Googs May 14, 2013 12:48 PM

                                                      "Local" to these people seems to mean "local to Toronto or the GTA" and they seem to be trying to create an alternative, "lower friction" version of TUM (and at least two of the "caterers" are people who've sold at TUM too), since they aren't particularly claiming to be some kind of Scarbourough specific thing it's a bit disingenuous to call them out for not being what they never claimed to be.

                                                      I don't know where you get rippy offy from, if this is rippy offy then you really, really need to stay the heck away from TUM

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                                                        ylsf RE: bytepusher May 14, 2013 01:18 PM

                                                        I agree with bytepusher, this event is much more accessible for most people in the sense of not needing to pay an entrance fee, etc. I 100% support the concept behind this, I have tried some of the "catering" companies that were at other food events (like TUM) and they have been good to excellent. Looks like 5 or so have done TUM before.
                                                        I am sure they would be open to other local to Scarborough companies wanting to be at the show as well. Not sure what they can do beside make it known.

                                                        BTW, it is a bunch of younger people running this. I can't agree with your comments, but, if you have suggestions for businesses they should try to get involved you should contact them. I am sure they are open to suggestions.

                                                        http://tofoodfest.com/index.php/about...

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                                                          Googs RE: bytepusher May 14, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                          They defined it, I didn't redefine it. If I went expecting neighbourhood vendors and got this I'd feel extremely ripped off.

                                                          From their website:
                                                          "We are looking for entrepreneurial individuals who want to join the team in pursuing this exciting opportunity and in developing an event that will change the Scarborough/Markham region."

                                                          "...TO Food Fest brings together top foodie-reviewed restaurants and local hidden gems into one exciting event."

                                                          From TorontoLife:
                                                          "http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                                          They had to bring Filipino, Greek, Italian, and Japanese food from elsewhere? They're not even trying.

                                                          Blurring the line between Toronto Underground Market and TO Food Fest is unfair to TUM.

                                                    2. TorontoJo RE: ylsf May 14, 2013 04:29 AM

                                                      If anyone is going to be in the Niagara region on May 26, there is an event called Sprung! at Stratus:

                                                      http://gatheringniagara.com/sprung/

                                                      A spring market, with lots of food trucks and food vendors. Tree and Twig will be there, the most awesome local grower of organic and heirloom plants. I was at the Christmas market at Stratus and it was wonderful, so am expecting more of the same for the Spring market.

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                                                        ylsf RE: TorontoJo May 15, 2013 06:50 AM

                                                        That looks like fun. So many darn events happening that weekend (even outside of food related).

                                                        I just heard of Tree and Twig a few days ago myself, a friend lives in St. Catherines and she mentioned they are having a "Tomato plant sale" this upcoming weekend (more plants than just tomatoes but they have a lot of heirloom varieties of tomatoes):

                                                        http://treeandtwigheirlooms.blogspot....

                                                        I am hoping to make it out at some point this weekend.

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                                                          TorontoJo RE: ylsf May 15, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                          Yeah, Tree and Twig is great. That tomato plant sale is supposed to be packed. She also hosts a seed exchange every year that draws a huge crowd.

                                                          I'll be at Food Trucks Eats this Saturday, followed by the Bob Blumer dinner at Stratus that night. Lots going on in the Niagara area!

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                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf May 15, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                        Art of the Cocktail
                                                        May 23, 2013
                                                        Malaparte (event space at Lightbox)
                                                        Cost $49 (4 courses of hor d'oeuvres and cocktail pairings)

                                                        http://www.torontolife.com/love-your-...

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                                                          ace123 RE: ylsf May 25, 2013 06:05 PM

                                                          Thanks for the info.
                                                          I did go and totally enjoyed it.

                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            ylsf RE: ace123 May 26, 2013 04:57 PM

                                                            Thanks for sharing the pics. Glad you enjoyed the event.

                                                        2. TorontoJo RE: ylsf May 15, 2013 08:47 AM

                                                          Another Niagara region event: Graze the Bench, June 1 - 2.

                                                          Seven wineries along the Beamsville Bench have created a walking trail that connects all of them (which I think is super cool). Each winery has a featured dish and wine pairing. $25 entry fee gets you a Schott Zweisel glass, a glass of wine and one food item.

                                                          http://www.grazethebench.com/the-event/

                                                          If the weather is good, the walk between the wineries would be an amazing way to walk off the calories. :)

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                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf May 15, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                            Eats and Beats in Riverside
                                                            June 1, 2013 - 1pm to 6pm.
                                                            http://www.riverside-to.com/events/ea...

                                                            Some food related activities. Says in the description "cooking demos", "meat smoke off" , etc but more importantly "belly dancing workshops".. :)

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                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf May 27, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                              There is a twitter contest to get invited for a food tour.

                                                              I don't know if it has filled up yet but search for RiversideBIAs tweets about it if you are interested. Only first 20 respondents.

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                                                              bytepusher RE: ylsf May 17, 2013 08:44 AM

                                                              Possibly the creepiest food event ever

                                                              http://t.co/gcTCDReMeL

                                                              Pop up dinner at the Cookbook Store with food stylist Janice Poon, Janice is the food stylist for the TV show Hannibal and she will be working with local chef/pop-up impresario Matt Kantor to create edible replicas of some of the food that has appeared on the show

                                                              Ewwww

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                                                                jlunar RE: bytepusher May 17, 2013 09:17 AM

                                                                HA! Very interesting. Not sure I'd want to, but .. interesting.

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                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf May 17, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                                A beer focused event in Niagara on the Lake this weekend.

                                                                Kurtz Orchards :

                                                                http://www.kurtzorchards.com/events/b...

                                                                May 18 to 20th

                                                                $15 entry fee also gets you a Kurtz Orchards Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Jelly.

                                                                They are also doing a dinner/movie night on Sat and Sunday, and there is a Chef's table dinner on Sunday night.

                                                                1. TorontoJo RE: ylsf May 17, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                  In addition to Food Truck Eats at Peller Estates this weekend, there is also a Bob Blumer dinner at Stratus Winery on Saturday evening (May 18).

                                                                  http://www.stratuswines.com/content/c...

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                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf May 19, 2013 07:02 PM

                                                                    Oyster Fest Niagara - June 9th:
                                                                    http://dillons.ca/oyster-fest-niagara
                                                                    Where: Dillon's Distillery - Beamsville
                                                                    35$ includes 1 drink ticket & oyster plate
                                                                    Additional food and drinks available – food trucks will take cash while drink tickets will be sold for cocktails, wine & beer

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                                                                      kbdid RE: ylsf May 19, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                      There's a halal food fest coming up

                                                                      http://halalfoodfestto.com/

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                                                                        pakmode RE: kbdid May 24, 2013 08:57 AM

                                                                        Good point. I totally forgot to mention this.

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                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf May 23, 2013 09:07 PM

                                                                        PS Kensington starts this Sunday (Pedestrian Sundays). Usually some interesting street food offerings although not a "food festival"

                                                                        Dates for 2013 (should be the last Sunday of the month)
                                                                        Sunday May 26th, June 30th, July 28th, August 25th, September 29th and October 27th, 2013

                                                                        http://www.pskensington.ca/

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                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf May 23, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                          Great Lakes Brewery - Charity BBQ on Saturday may 25, 2013-

                                                                          http://www.greatlakesbeer.com/index.p...

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                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf May 23, 2013 09:48 PM

                                                                            This weekend, Terroir - A County Wine celebration in Prince Edward County -
                                                                            http://countyterroir.ca/

                                                                            1. DockPotato RE: ylsf May 24, 2013 05:35 PM

                                                                              Chantry All You Can Eat Fish Fry

                                                                              Saturday 10 August 4:00 to 8:00 PM

                                                                              In Reunion Park by our achingly beautiful harbour in Kincardine

                                                                              Okay, so the fries are out of a bucket and so is the cole slaw, but the fish are out of Lake Huron.

                                                                              Wild Lake, Brown and Rainbow Trout; wild Chinook and Coho Salmon; Walleye and Whitefish brought in from Purdy's Fishery.

                                                                              Rustic and no pretension here. This is a long, local tradition going back almost 30 years - part of the Chantry Chinook Classic Salmon Derby.

                                                                              Adults $15, kids $5. Includes dessert and pop. Licensed bar extra.

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                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf May 26, 2013 06:10 PM

                                                                                Toronto Wine and Spirit Festival
                                                                                June 13-15, 2013
                                                                                Sugar Beach, foot of Jarvis

                                                                                www.wineandspiritfestival.ca

                                                                                $21.50 in advance/$30 at the gate (incldues 5 sample tickets).

                                                                                Wine, spirits, beer, cider, coolers, live music

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                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf May 26, 2013 06:34 PM

                                                                                  4th Annual Veggie Pride Parade - June 1, 2013 - 12pm to 4pm

                                                                                  http://veggieprideparade.ca/

                                                                                  Starts at Yonge and Bloor and ends up at Trinity Square

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                                                                                    Googs RE: ylsf May 27, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                    It's a short parade because... you know... its for vegetarians.

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                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf May 26, 2013 06:36 PM

                                                                                    Give Me Liberty - After Work Party

                                                                                    Thursday June 6, 2013 - 4pm to 10pm , Fraser Ave.

                                                                                    Beer, Beats, BBQ treats

                                                                                    http://www.lvbia.com/gml2013

                                                                                    1. ComerDemonio RE: ylsf May 26, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                      There is a "Slow Fish" dinner at Red Fish on June 4 ... http://redfishresto.com/slow-fish/.

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                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf May 29, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                        Niagara Veg Fest on Sunday June 2, 2013 (this weekend):

                                                                                        http://niagaravegfest.com/

                                                                                        Market Square, downtown St. Catharines

                                                                                        A friend went last year and she enjoyed it for a local festival.

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                                                                                          fluffysouffle RE: ylsf May 29, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                          The Henhouse has started bi-weekly pop-ups with Julian Mark who used to own Naco Gallery. He'll be "serving up a different Mexican based, world inspired cuisine". I can only find details on Facebook so apologies if it's annoying.

                                                                                          First one is tonight so it'll be every other Wednesday after that.

                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/events/13311...

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                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf May 29, 2013 08:11 PM

                                                                                            Sip and Savour - Wednesdsay June 19, 2013
                                                                                            http://www.sipandsavourontario.ca/

                                                                                            $85.00, plus HST
                                                                                            Price includes all wine tastings, appetizer pairings, complimentary shuttle service, and your donation to Houselink.

                                                                                            Fermenting Cellar - Distillery District

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                                                                                              lmvp RE: ylsf May 29, 2013 08:59 PM

                                                                                              Sorry if this one was posted already.
                                                                                              I can't afford to go to this. Jun 9 at the ROM.
                                                                                              Bob Blumer fans...

                                                                                              http://www.torontotaste.ca/

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                                                                                                pourboi RE: lmvp May 30, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                                If you volenteer to help at the event you can usually sneek in some tastes of the food...

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                                                                                                  ylsf RE: pourboi May 30, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                  Curious how long ago you volunteered for it?

                                                                                                  I personally would NOT recommend people volunteering for it if you are expecting to try the food. The staff was pretty strict on that when I was there and your volunteer meal was grocery store sandwiches. This was a few years ago when I volunteered. I didn't volunteer for the "food" but it would have been a nice benefit if I got to try something. The other thing I tried some a bit of the Lemonada from the Crepes a go go lady who offered the volunteers some at the end.

                                                                                                  I find like this event when I volunteered at it really separated the "volunteers" from the "Event" and you were expected to be there to clean up/help out and that is it. This compares to a lot of other events that I have been at where volunteers are given a chance to experience the event even just a little bit.

                                                                                                  Again, I want to be clear I was there to support Second Harvest and not for freebies but at the same time I personally can't recommend volunteering for them because of the way I was treated by staff (or event staff brought in). It was night and day from other organizations I have volunteered for in the past. I really hope that things have changed since (I gave them a lot of feedback after via a survey and they didn't follow up at all with me). Anyway, I will stop my mini rant now :)

                                                                                                  And, having said all of that, the event itself had great food and a great atmosphere

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                                                                                                    pourboi RE: ylsf May 30, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                    Two years ago at the ROM I am not saying I went around trying every booth but there were a few that i wanted to try and I made extra effort "supporting" those booths, asking if they needed extra water, clearing their garbage and empty plates. Near the end of the event when things were calmed down and the crowd had thinned out I asked for a sample at a few booths when they were feeding their own staff..

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                                                                                                      sbug206 RE: ylsf May 30, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                      I guess they don't want the Forest Hill types to have their experience blemished with mingling with the help...

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                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf May 31, 2013 07:18 AM

                                                                                                  An Oakville event with Beaus Brewing and O&B -

                                                                                                  Beer and BBQ Bash
                                                                                                  The Group of Seven Chefs
                                                                                                  Monday, 17 June 2013 at 7:00 PM
                                                                                                  Oakville, Ontario
                                                                                                  https://go7beerandbbq.eventbrite.ca/
                                                                                                  $45 + HST

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                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 6, 2013 08:35 AM

                                                                                                    Dundas West Street Fest - this Saturday June 8, 2013

                                                                                                    http://dundaswestfest.ca/event-schedule/

                                                                                                    Food related aspect -

                                                                                                    Food

                                                                                                    Many of our members in Duwest and Little Portugal will be cooking and serving food outdoors for this event!

                                                                                                    Expect delicious food from Lakeview, Bairrada, A Lota, Quinta, Hens & Hogs, This End Up, Salsicharia Pavao, O Nosso Talho, the Hogtown Cure, Churrasqueira do Sardinha, M & M Fruits & Grocery, Grain, Curd Bean, Tony & Nick’s & more…

                                                                                                    You can also get great food on our patios (scroll down) as well as amazing dessert options at E.L.Ruddy, Nova Era, Caldense, OMG, Brazil Bakery, Dundas Portuguese Bakery, The Arrow, Eagles Nest and more!

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                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 6, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                                                                      Beach BBQ and Brew's Festival - June 14 to 16, 2013

                                                                                                      http://beachbbqandbrews.com/

                                                                                                      Woodbine Park...

                                                                                                      Don't know how good the BBQ portion is, but, figured would mention it

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                                                                                                        Googs RE: ylsf Jun 6, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                        If firemen are doin' the 'cuing, who cares how good it is!

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                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 7, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                                        Thanks to jlunar's blog for the original heads up on this one.

                                                                                                        Victoronix is running a series of classes/demos at their store on Bloor.

                                                                                                        Sanagan's Meat Locker is doing a butchery demo tomorrow June 8, 2013. (11am)
                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/events/44738...

                                                                                                        Also a June 22 and July 15th event (different topics):

                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/victorinoxsw...

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                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 7, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                          A food "town hall" happening next Thursday at MetroHall -

                                                                                                          http://pushfoodforward.com/foodchallenge

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                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 7, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                            Toronto Raw/ Vegan Festival - Free Admission - 918 Bathurst
                                                                                                            June 8 and 9th

                                                                                                            https://www.facebook.com/events/35458...

                                                                                                            Went a couple of years ago... Some "wacky" sections/products but overall interesting and worth a stop if you are into raw/vegan. It does get pretty busy though and at times it is hard to navigate the space

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                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 7, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                              Cuisine Art in Alton Mills - July 19 to 21st, 2013.

                                                                                                              http://altonmill.ca/visit/events/cuis...

                                                                                                              I went last year to this event and enjoyed it. Nice little spot.

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                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 17, 2013 02:53 PM

                                                                                                                Reminder that this is happening this weekend. The sampling menu is up now:
                                                                                                                http://altonmill.ca/visit/events/cuis...

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                                                                                                                  ace123 RE: ylsf Jul 17, 2013 07:55 PM

                                                                                                                  Thanks for the reminder.
                                                                                                                  Looking forward to a nice event on Saturday.

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                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 10, 2013 09:44 AM

                                                                                                                Another Oakville event -
                                                                                                                Chelster Hall Community Festival -
                                                                                                                $250 per person - 5:30pm to 9:00pm July 20, 2013

                                                                                                                Even if you aren't interested in going click on the link to see the house it is being hosted in!!

                                                                                                                http://www.chelsterhall.com/

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                                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 18, 2013 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                  Last bump for this weekend's events. Would have loved to have gone to this but little rich for my blood :)

                                                                                                                2. rwarren RE: ylsf Jun 16, 2013 06:29 PM

                                                                                                                  Are there any foodie events coming up in eastern ontario? Something easily accessible from Montreal by bus or train. bon appetit :d

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                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 18, 2013 07:47 AM

                                                                                                                    Mary Macleod's Open House - June 22, 2013 - 2pm to 5pm - https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

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                                                                                                                      jlunar RE: ylsf Jun 18, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                      great shortbread! Thanks YLSF!

                                                                                                                    2. happycamper RE: ylsf Jun 19, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                      Eat Up TO
                                                                                                                      NOW Magazine presents Eat Up TO, an innovative food marketing and networking event – farmers’ market meets tech conference – uniting food and drink vendors, product makers, service providers, speakers and technology.The purpose of Eat Up is to build community and promote the creation of innovative ideas in the local food world through collaboration and networking. Eat Up provides a platform for all food lovers and industry professionals to connect and share their passion for great food.

                                                                                                                      What: NOW Magazine presents Eat Up TO (produced by Foodea.com)
                                                                                                                      When: Sunday June 23, 2013, 12pm – 6pm
                                                                                                                      Where: 99 Sudbury
                                                                                                                      Cost: Tickets are $20. Includes gift bag with promotional items.
                                                                                                                      Drink tickets will be available for $6.
                                                                                                                      Food items will be available for $1-$10

                                                                                                                      https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/no...

                                                                                                                      1. happycamper RE: ylsf Jun 20, 2013 11:31 AM

                                                                                                                        Oyster Festival 2013
                                                                                                                        This will be the 25th anniversary of the festival, and of our relationship with Environmental Defense, our charity partner. To date, the Ontario Oyster Festival (or OOF) has raised over $100,000 for ED, as well as offering inexpensive drinks, oysters, lobster, live music, competitive oyster eating, great auction items, Rodney ‘in character,’ and of course, the best shuckers in the country duking it out to the oyster enthusiasts of Toronto.

                                                                                                                        THE DATE: Sunday, July 21 THE TIME: 2:00PM start.

                                                                                                                        THE PLACE: The lot between 461 and 469 King St W THE PRICE: $35.00/ticket

                                                                                                                        http://rodneysoysterhouse.com/toronto...

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                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: happycamper Jul 18, 2013 01:11 PM

                                                                                                                          Bump, another event that is happening this weekend. So easy for them to get lost in the shuffle of this thread. I will be at the Alton Mills event tomorrow (also in this thread) so I will miss out on this one.

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                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 24, 2013 10:32 AM

                                                                                                                          Tickets on sale today for the next Abbey Kitchen Stadium :

                                                                                                                          https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/ab...

                                                                                                                          July 21st - 1pm to 4pm

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                                                                                                                            KhaoSanRoad RE: ylsf Jun 27, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                                                                                            hungry abbey?

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                                                                                                                              jlunar RE: KhaoSanRoad Jun 27, 2013 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                              aye

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                                                                                                                                hungryabbey RE: jlunar Jul 2, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                                                                Yes! :)

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                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 18, 2013 01:10 PM

                                                                                                                              Bump up, reminder that it is this Sunday. I will be there, again, if anyone wants to say hi at the event who I haven't met yet see my "location" in my profile for my e-mail.

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                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 23, 2013 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                Went to the event on Sunday. The pacing worked much better this time around. The video screens were up/working also and I liked the music better. Overall a fun afternoon and some tasty eats. I bought 5 food tickets but got completely full on 3 of them and ended up sharing the other two with friends. The secret ingredient this time was pickles.

                                                                                                                                The one dish that I was not a fan of was The Saint's dish. The bread was ROCK hard, not sure what they were thinking. A shame though because the smelts themselves were decent (they did a smelt sandwich).

                                                                                                                                Some good prices for the draw too with proceeds supportiny My Food My Way, unfortunately I didn't win anything :)

                                                                                                                                Also had a chance to talk to the guy serving for Dillon's. Tried their celery bitter and he had another one off bitter that was really good too.

                                                                                                                                Next one in late September if I remember correctly.

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                                                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 23, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                  COrrection: it wasnt The Saint that had the hard bread sandwich, it was Geraldine. A new thread made me remember that. Sorry for mistake!

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                                                                                                                                foodie_guru RE: ylsf Jun 27, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                Food and Water First - August 18, 2013

                                                                                                                                From the Orangeville Banner
                                                                                                                                http://www.orangeville.com/news-story...

                                                                                                                                "While the North Dufferin Agricultural and Community Taskforce (NDACT) is widely known as defenders of farmland, they also throw one heck of a party.

                                                                                                                                On Sunday, Aug. 18, the group returns to party-mode to celebrate Food & Water First at the Honeywood arena.

                                                                                                                                “It’s not about raising lots and lots of funds. It’s about bringing attention to the importance of food and water,” said Shirley Boxam, who is organizing the party.

                                                                                                                                NDACT was created with the mandate to stop The Highland Companies quarry plans in Melancthon, as well as influence change in the province's Aggregate Resources Act (ARA).

                                                                                                                                The group organized Foodstock in 2011 and Soupstock last year to aid in raising awareness and funds for their quarry battle.

                                                                                                                                With the Highland application withdrawn, the group is now focusing on ensuring legislation exists to protect Ontario’s edible assets.

                                                                                                                                “We tried to come up with something for an event that would retain the recognition points on the mega quarry fight, but also bring recognition to this second phase,” Boxam said.

                                                                                                                                While Foodstock and Soupstock each drew tens of thousands of people, Boxam said the Food & Water First celebration mixes chefs and music on a smaller scale.

                                                                                                                                “It’s not quite as big as Foodstock and Soupstock, but hopefully something that will interest people from outside Dufferin County,” Boxam said.

                                                                                                                                1. TorontoJo RE: ylsf Jun 27, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                                                                                                  The Group of 7 (chefs) are having their 2nd Hogtown Throwdown.

                                                                                                                                  https://hogtownthrowdown2-estw.eventb...

                                                                                                                                  8 chefs (some guests!) and 2 pigs for $50 at the Brickworks. I went to the first one last year and really enjoyed it. Great setting outdoors. Definitely worth it. Hopefully it's not as ridiculously hot as it was last year.

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                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: TorontoJo Jul 18, 2013 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                    Picked up a ticket for this today. Anyone else going?

                                                                                                                                    Confirmed that it is unlimited drink/food too, wasn't 100% sure from the original poster but they confirmed on twitter.

                                                                                                                                    If anyone wants to say hi at the event my e-mail is in my profile.

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                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: TorontoJo Jul 23, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                                                                                      Enjoyed last night. Was pretty good food. 8 dishes total. Lines weren't too bad (not too crowded). As others posted on Twitter I felt that the Montreal chefs outshined the Toronto ones. My favourite of the Toronto dishes was Beast's heart dish and my fav of the Montreal ones was Maison Publique's pork belly. Probably the best pork belly dish I have ever eaten.

                                                                                                                                      The South African wines were good as well as the Spearhead beer. Overall a good night and I would consider going to another Group of 7 event.

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                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 28, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                      BaconNation happening at Harboufront on Monday:

                                                                                                                                      http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/sum...
                                                                                                                                      1pm to 8pm

                                                                                                                                      All things bacon will be explored with Barque Smokehouse!

                                                                                                                                      Here's a sampling of tasty delights that Barques will be smokin' up:

                                                                                                                                      Smoked Pork Belly - with grilled pineapple and hoisin BBQ sauce
                                                                                                                                      Peameal Bacon Taco - with maple slaw and grainy mustard aioli
                                                                                                                                      Fake'n Bacon - smoked tofu with lemony greens
                                                                                                                                      Canadian Sausage - smoked bacon wrapped weenie, ketchup BBQ sauce
                                                                                                                                      Pig Licker - root beer float with chocolate covered candied bacon + more!
                                                                                                                                      Bacon Chips - Crispy corn tortillas with smoked bacon salt, charred corn and bacon salsa
                                                                                                                                      Just $7 for six samples!

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                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Jun 30, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                                                                        Another Canada Day event

                                                                                                                                        Brewer's Backyard:

                                                                                                                                        http://brewersbackyard.com/

                                                                                                                                        Food and Beer. Free admission, just buy your beer and food

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                                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 1, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                                                                                                          In Bloomfield, On

                                                                                                                                          Six Barels for Six Chefs
                                                                                                                                          July 12, 2013
                                                                                                                                          www.six4six.ca

                                                                                                                                          $150

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                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 1, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                                                                                                            Thursday July 4, 2013 - Chuck Hughes speaking at the Toronto Reference Library (you need to RSVP but it is free):
                                                                                                                                            http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/de...

                                                                                                                                            Was originally scheduled for a few weeks ago but got cancelled because he was sick

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                                                                                                                                              lmvp RE: ylsf Jul 2, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                              Thanks for heads up. Boohoo sold out :(

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                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 8, 2013 04:14 AM

                                                                                                                                              There is an event tonight at the Drake (special edition of 86d) in support of Calgary.. a Cocktails night -

                                                                                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/events/55172...

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                                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 10, 2013 08:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                Another Niagara area event - Lavender festival this weekend (July 13 and 14):

                                                                                                                                                http://niagaralavenderfestival.com/

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                                                                                                                                                  TorontoJo RE: ylsf Jul 10, 2013 09:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Also in Niagara-on-the-Lake this Saturday (July 13) - Coast-to-Coast dinner at Stratus with Normand Laprise of Toque restaurant in Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/events/47155...

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                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: TorontoJo Jul 14, 2013 07:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Can you share a bit more about this dinner? Sounded (and looked) awesome from the twitter pics/comments. I am curious what the dynamic is like with the other guests. Were they mainly locals/people from Toronto or out of town guests too?

                                                                                                                                                    What was the event that they had at Stratus last night? Noticed overflow "Event" parking yesterday with a ton of people. My stop was short in NOTL as I was heading to Buffalo for the Taste of Buffalo

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                                                                                                                                                      TorontoJo RE: ylsf Jul 14, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                      The Toqué dinner at Stratus last night was AMAZING. They hold their special dinners like this in the press alley where the fermenting and holding tanks are. There were 40 guests and it was a mixed crowd of locals, people from Toronto and several people from Montreal. Dynamic is very friendly and social -- I was there by myself and had a great time talking to my neighbours, none of whom I knew. It's a pretty special place to have dinner. My neighbours consisted of a couple from Toronto, a couple from NOTL and a couple from Montreal.

                                                                                                                                                      The best part of the meal was the chance to have Stratus' first ever vintage of their Stratus Red -- the 2001.

                                                                                                                                                      Photos of the menu and dishes below. Not a great deal of light, so some of these turned out quite dark. BTW, the second photo is of the beautiful tuna belly.

                                                                                                                                                      Are you asking about the overflow event parking for Jackson Triggs, rather than Stratus? If so, there was a Natalie MacMaster concert at JT last night.

                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 14, 2013 07:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                    Went down yesterday for a bit. It was pretty busy. I had never been to the NEOB Lavender place before. Interesting spot, glad to know that it is there now. Would be a good spot for gifts for out of towners/etc. Something different than just wine.

                                                                                                                                                    You paid $5 to get in but that included two samples. I tried the ice cream from Circus (who is from Oakville originally) but found that the vanilla one didn't have much of a lavender taste (didn't really seem like the cream had been infused with lavender.... ). The rootbeer they had was really good. I forget the name of the place that made it but it was a one off for the festival. They may make it again for the store to sell in the future.
                                                                                                                                                    I also had a sample of the carbonated water from Niagara College with lavender and rose or something. Good too.

                                                                                                                                                    Overall, a need place to check out. I didn't realize there were so many varieties of lavender!

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                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 18, 2013 01:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                    AYCE Poutine festival (including 3 craft beers) for $35 - August 22nd event

                                                                                                                                                    http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

                                                                                                                                                    (Thanks to Sprung on RFD for the info

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                                                                                                                                                    Not sure how much poutine I could eat but might be a fun event!

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                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Jul 19, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                      As part of the Tirgan festival this weekend at Harbourfront (Persian festival) there are some food related activities:

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/blo...

                                                                                                                                                      and this one (traditional tea):

                                                                                                                                                      http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/wha...

                                                                                                                                                      Main festival page:
                                                                                                                                                      http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/sum...

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                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 1, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                        August 11, 2013 - at Wychwood Barns - Kultura , a Filipino food/art event:

                                                                                                                                                        http://www.kapisanancentre.com/

                                                                                                                                                        I went last year and I enjoyed it although some of the vendors were pretty slow in putting together their dishes.

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                                                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 3, 2013 05:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Oakville Waterfront Festival is featuring a bunch of food trucks in conjunction with Ontario Food Trucks. It is free to get in all weekend long (this weekend):

                                                                                                                                                          http://www.oakvillewaterfrontfestival...

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                                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 3, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Today is Food Day Canada. I had no idea until just now.

                                                                                                                                                            http://fooddaycanada.ca/

                                                                                                                                                            Some restaurants are doing special menus or special items. O&B's Bannock has a crispy cod fried cheek/tongue po boy that looks good from this tweet:

                                                                                                                                                            https://twitter.com/Chef_spynn/status...

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                                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 7, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                              This was mentioned in another thread by TorontoJo but figured will add it here so people know about it.

                                                                                                                                                              Ripe & Juicy Market at Stratus Vineyards this Sunday August 11, 2013:
                                                                                                                                                              11am to 6pm

                                                                                                                                                              Live music, kids' activities, free parking, free admission
                                                                                                                                                              http://gatheringniagara.com/ripe-juic...

                                                                                                                                                              There are some seminars happening as well.

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                                                                                                                                                                TorontoJo RE: ylsf Aug 7, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                And lots of food trucks and other food vendors. If you've been to any of the food truck eats events, it's like those, but much more civilized -- no massive line ups and you get to eat your chow in a vineyard, with a glass of wine or beer. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                  Yeah, I forgot to mention the "food".. The most important part!

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                                                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 7, 2013 08:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                ING Cafe in Toronto is doing a lunch time food event/vendor each week with proceeds going to different charities. This week it is The Stop:

                                                                                                                                                                http://www.ingdirect.ca/en/networkora...

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                                                                                                                                                                  jlunar RE: ylsf Aug 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Good find!

                                                                                                                                                                  Animal Liberation Kitchen today and then ESE, babi & co, and feastTO for the next few coming up.

                                                                                                                                                                2. happycamper RE: ylsf Aug 8, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Dîner en Blanc on Aug 29th.
                                                                                                                                                                  Phase one invites were sent this week.
                                                                                                                                                                  http://toronto.dinerenblanc.info/

                                                                                                                                                                  Should be a fun night!!

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                                                                                                                                                                    bytepusher RE: happycamper Aug 8, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    Can someone who's actually been to this comment on whether it's actually as fun as it looks on the surface?

                                                                                                                                                                    I looked into it last year and decided to pass, one understands that there would be a dress code but the rules go way beyond that, it struck me as a bit of a pain and the whole thing seemed a bit Stepford Wives. I guess all I'm saying is make sure you review the material on their web site and know what your getting yourself into.

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                                                                                                                                                                      jlunar RE: bytepusher Aug 8, 2013 01:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Well, in the end, I had fun. But I did a lot of griping before the fun started. Basically, it's a lot of work, a lot of rules, and a lot of hassle. It certainly seemed to cater more to the looks crowd than the food crowd. But you make what you will of it. I didn't get a lot of mixing with others - there was a little - but most kept to their groups.

                                                                                                                                                                      Keep in mind that the admission costs don't cover the cost of getting white tables, chairs, napkins, plates, clothes, shoes, blah blah blah. If you have your bits & bobs already, great! If not, this factors in.

                                                                                                                                                                      All that whining aside, I did eventually enjoy the atmosphere and spirit of the event. Really cool to see all these party people in their whites and picnicking and dancing (Music: good, but louuuud). And at the end of the night, I was pondering ways to improve for the following year.

                                                                                                                                                                      Even if you're not sure, sign up to get notified when the public invites go out. Because I attended last year, I was able to get in on the first wave.

                                                                                                                                                                      Here's my post from last year with more detailed complaining:
                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/08/16/di...

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                                                                                                                                                                        happycamper RE: jlunar Aug 8, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Agree with everything jlunar says.
                                                                                                                                                                        It's a picnic - with hundreds of others half soaked in all whites. We met many (home)/chefs who had very interesting takes on their prepared picnics. There was a couple who had a Victorian theme and was all decked out in high hats, white gloves, accompanied by an amazing roast and biscuits. Everybody was more than enthusiastic to share what they are wearing, what they are eating.

                                                                                                                                                                        It was a great experience.

                                                                                                                                                                        If you put in the effort to prepare for it, you will love it.

                                                                                                                                                                        Planning it makes me so excited!

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                                                                                                                                                                    bytepusher RE: ylsf Aug 8, 2013 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    AwesTRUCK 2013

                                                                                                                                                                    Sept 21st, Garrison Commons

                                                                                                                                                                    I really enjoyed last year's version at the Brickworks, one assumes that the larger space and the explosion of trucks in the market over the last year will make for an excellent repeat

                                                                                                                                                                    Tickets go on sale Tuesday Aug 13 at 10AM on uniiverse.com (same people who botched the ticketing for the Stop Night Market, lets hope they do better this this time).

                                                                                                                                                                    https://twitter.com/spotlightcity/sta...

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                                                                                                                                                                      jlunar RE: bytepusher Aug 13, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Oh and these are on sale now!

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                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: bytepusher Sep 18, 2013 09:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Reminder that Awestruck is this Saturday. Tickets are still available:

                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/aw...

                                                                                                                                                                        There is also a big culture/music/history/etc festival happening at Fort York this weekend that is free:

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums...

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                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 20, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          For Car2go members, if you drive with a Car2Go car to Fort York you will get free access between 1pm and 2pm.

                                                                                                                                                                          AwesTRUCK: Canada’s Largest Food Truck Festival
                                                                                                                                                                          Location: Fort York, Garrison Common
                                                                                                                                                                          Date: September 21st
                                                                                                                                                                          Time: 2pm – 8pm

                                                                                                                                                                          We are extremely excited to announce that we are the official sponsor of AwesTRUCK, Canada’s LARGEST Food Truck Festival. The event will recognize the culinary creativity of Southern Ontario street food’s hottest talents, as well as play host to the largest food truck rally in Canadian history.

                                                                                                                                                                          Grab a car2go and drive on over. Drop it off at our car2go Drop Zone and we’ll park the car for you. We will also be giving out FREE entry to car2go members that come between 1pm – 2pm, so arrive early and be the first to try your favourite food truck eats!

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                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 13, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Cask Day tickets went on sale yesterday. From what I hear it is one of the best, if not the best, beer events in the city?

                                                                                                                                                                        http://caskdays.com/#

                                                                                                                                                                        October 19 and 20th at Evergreen Brick Works

                                                                                                                                                                        Around $30 for ticket/processing fee/tax.

                                                                                                                                                                        For those that have been before, any feedback? Tokens/tasting reasonably priced? I notice they have a "Brewer's Breakfast" listed but there is no price yet and it isn't on sale yet. Anyone been to that before? It is broken down into different timing slots, is the earliest one the best?

                                                                                                                                                                        Another thing I noticed is the "Save the cask" where you can buy any left over beer after 5pm for $5.00 (16oz) and there is no admission fee. Anyone been to that part of it before? That sounds interesting too.

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                                                                                                                                                                          jlunar RE: ylsf Aug 13, 2013 09:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          I went last year, but can only really comment on the food - a short list of vendors, but decent ones. One bit of advice though is to get the first session (sells out quickly). Even by the second session, some things were already done.

                                                                                                                                                                          details: http://www.foodpr0n.com/2012/10/29/ca...

                                                                                                                                                                          Dunno if it's just me, but I couldn't find details on food.

                                                                                                                                                                        2. TorontoJo RE: ylsf Aug 21, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          John Placko is doing another popup liquid nitrogen dessert parlour in Niagara-on-the-Lake on Sept 14 from 2 - 6, this time at Pillitteri Winery.

                                                                                                                                                                          I went to the previous pop-up, which was an ice cream parlour and it was a fun and inexpensive way to try liquid nitrogen ice cream, which beyond the gimmick really does makes the smoothest, delicious ice cream. I'm blanking at the moment, but I think it was $6 or $7 for ice cream and unlimited toppings.

                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like a slightly different set up this time. Dessert choices will include:

                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen Pillitteri ice wine sorbet with Pillitteri ice
                                                                                                                                                                          wine shooter.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen dipped chocolate cheesecake nugget
                                                                                                                                                                          with Pillitteri ice wine pairing.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Deconstructed Niagara apple pie. With liquid nitrogen churned Pillitteri ice wine ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                                          - Liquid nitrogen dipped chocolate cheesecake nugget,
                                                                                                                                                                          chocolate soil, salted caramel chocolate tart with liquid
                                                                                                                                                                          nitrogen churned chocolate ice cream. Garnished with
                                                                                                                                                                          chocolate caviar.

                                                                                                                                                                          He posts details on the Modern Culinary Academy web site: http://www.modernca.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 21, 2013 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                            A weekly food truck event in Ancasteron Tuesdays. It was so busy this last Tuesday, surprised. A bunch of trucks I hadn't seen before. Some were really slow with service taking 20 to 30 mins to prep an order. http://www.holyfoodtruck.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 23, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              The Saturday and Sunday of Labour Day weekend there is an event happening at Vicki's Veggies in Prince Edward County (not far from Sandbanks Provincial Park area) - https://www.uniiverse.com/users/joel-...

                                                                                                                                                                              Heirloom tomatoes of all kinds, sampling, etc. There are some additional food activities too and you can pre-donate/buy a ticket for that aspect of it online. I went like 4 or 5 years ago just to check out the heirloom tomatoes and it was pretty awesome. It was what got me interested in gardening more and heirloom varieties.

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                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Aug 27, 2013 12:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Artscape Street Party tomorrow (Wednesday 28th). Not a huge "food" event but some food vendors including Barque, The Crest, etc:

                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.atthebarns.org/2013/08/09/...

                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like a fun event.

                                                                                                                                                                                $15 tickets + pay for food/drink

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                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 5, 2013 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  In Oakville - September 15, 2013 2pm to 6pm

                                                                                                                                                                                  Where: Bronte SDA Church (2031 Bronte Rd. Oakville)

                                                                                                                                                                                  Free Vegan food sampling. Sample delicious smoothie drinks, breakfast ideas, entree’s, soups & stews, salads, nutritious dips & spreads and healthy raw desserts.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I drove by the sign the other day, figured I would post it in case someone could use the info. Won't be able to go myself.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 5, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    September 6th-8th, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday - 4pm-9pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday - 12pm-9pm
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday 12pm-7pm

                                                                                                                                                                                    Harbourfront Centre
                                                                                                                                                                                    235 Queen's Quay West Toronto

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://festival.veg.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                    It is during TIFF but I will try to make it out there on the Saturday or Sunday. I am not vegetarian but I usually come across some interesting products/spots when checking out this show. I recommend going. It does get pretty busy so the earlier the better if you don't like crowds.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 5, 2013 08:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      A couple of events tonight via BlogTo:

                                                                                                                                                                                      fART - Opening night tonight but exhibit continues on

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.blogto.com/events/82126

                                                                                                                                                                                      Stupid name for a food related event.. Not very appetizing!

                                                                                                                                                                                      One Night in Cabbagetown
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://cabbagetownfestival.blogspot.ca/
                                                                                                                                                                                      Some food sampling event thing going on tonight as intro to an art festival happening this weekend

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                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 5, 2013 09:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        The next TUM is September 28th. Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning:

                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.yumtum.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                        Saturday, September 28 – TUM will be celebrating our 2nd anniversary at the Evergreen Brick Works. There will be 2 TUM events available to come celebrate another successful year. Tickets for both events go on sale Friday September 6th:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Day TUM will take place from 12-4pm, be open to all ages and family-friendly. Day TUM tickets: $15 (plus HST) but kids 5 & under are FREE!
                                                                                                                                                                                        Night TUM will be from 5-10pm and open to guests who are 19+ (please be prepared to show ID). Night TUM tickets: $20 (plus HST).

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                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 6, 2013 06:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          Here is a beer one that looks interesting.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Event details:
                                                                                                                                                                                          http://brewersbackyard.com/brewers-ba...

                                                                                                                                                                                          Sunday September 15th at Brickworks. 12 to 4pm. Free admission but you can buy food and drink

                                                                                                                                                                                          Background info on Quebec beers coming to LCBO in September (reason for this particular event
                                                                                                                                                                                          )http://www.canadianbeernews.com/2013/...

                                                                                                                                                                                          Funny I was just in Montreal and picked up a few of the beers featured.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            evansl RE: ylsf Sep 14, 2013 04:15 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            I just don't get it. Having a beer festival at place you have to drive to? This is very stupid. Haven't they ever heard of drinking and driving laws?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              bytepusher RE: evansl Sep 14, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              You can walk, bike, take a free shuttle bus or take a TTC bus to the Brickworks you know

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                                                                                                                                                                                            serpah RE: ylsf Sep 6, 2013 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            There's a garlic festival at the Brickworks on Sept 22: http://www.torontogarlicfestival.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 10, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Gluten Free Expo - September 14 and 15th - Metro Toronto Convention Centre - $12 to $15 for tickets

                                                                                                                                                                                              http://glutenfreeexpo.ca/on/toronto/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 10, 2013 09:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                No really a food event but a huge event in the city and there are food trucks/food aspect:

                                                                                                                                                                                                October 5th, Nuit Blanche, starting around 7pm to sunrise:

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                Food details

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.scotiabanknuitblanche.ca/p...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 12, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  This was mentioned briefly in another thread-

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Baking and Sweets show - September 27 to 29, 2013 - Toronto Congress Centre

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://canadasbakingandsweetsshow.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 16, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saw this posted on RFD...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Octoberfest at Shop at Don Mills -

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://m.shopsatdonmills.ca/en/newsan...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Come join us and sit under a giant tent with rows of picnic tables and enjoy traditional fare from Bier Markt and wash it all down with one of the beers on tap. Cheers!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Menu:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Pretzels | warm Bavarian pretzels and mustard | 2 for $5 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Festhalle Chicken | whole roasted & brined chicken, caraway sauerkraut, Dunkel sauce | $15 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Veal Wurst | Bavarian veal bratwurst, Weissbier sauerkraut, Emmental cheese, German mustard | $10 taxes included
                                                                                                                                                                                                    · Schweinsbraten Sandwich | slow roasted pork shoulder, Emmental cheese, sweet Black Forest slaw, pretzel hoagie | $10 taxes included

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Bier Selection:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Paulaner, Erdinger and Hoftbrau | 18 oz $7 taxes included

                                                                                                                                                                                                    FREE Oktoberfest in the Square Live Music:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dance to live music throughout Oktoberfest in the Square hours!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oktoberfest in the Square Hours:
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thursday, September 19: 5pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Friday, September 20: 5pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saturday, September 21: 1pm – 10pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sunday, September 22: 1pm – 7pm

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 17, 2013 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Abbey's Kitchen Stadium - Round 3 - September 29, 2013 , 1pm to 4pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks like the most interesting line up yet...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Battle Three Chefs:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carl Heinrich (Richmond Station, Food Network's Top Chef Winner!)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dave Sidhu (Playa Cabana)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Thomas Davis (The Stockyards)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dustin Gallagher (Acadia, Food Network's Top Chef Competitor)

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Battle Three Judges:
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Vikram Vij (Celebrity Restauranteur)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Alex Lifeson (Rush Guitarist & Rock Hall of Famer)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Liem Vu (Host for Global TV's The Morning Show)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Dee Brun (Cocktail Deeva, Stephen and Chris Show)
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Susan Merry (Owner, All the Best Fine Foods)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        akhorasanee RE: ylsf Sep 21, 2013 03:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I have never been to any of the Abbey's kitchen stadiums or TUM...I was wondering if you had been and which you would recommend?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          ylsf RE: akhorasanee Sep 21, 2013 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hmm... TUM is a much busier event, some people will prefer the "vibe" there. However, there is no entertainment at all except a DJ (I don't even recall if there is always a DJ). If you are going with a group of friends and just want to socialize that might be the best option. I haven't been to TUM during any of the day events (They did a day event one time before) so I am not sure how it compares to the night time one.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          AKS was fun the times I went and it is cheaper to get in but they only have usually 4 or 5 vendors max so even if they each have more than one item you are probably looking at 10 different total items max..

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Although I have enjoyed TUM, I don't really see a justification of the 20+ fee to get in (adding in taxes, service fees, etc you are probably at $25). I am not sure how they will handle having both a day time round and a night time one. Hopefully the companies will have adequate product for the evening too!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            blitz RE: ylsf Sep 22, 2013 11:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            thanks for the heads up ylsf. sounds like a fun idea. i've always been a fan of iron chef/chopped type competitions. will buy a pair and see how it is!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 18, 2013 07:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Never heard of this one, and not sure if it is worth a special trip out to it (down at Sugar Beach) but if you are in the area, it is supporting a good cause at least:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://sweetsntreats.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                        September 21 and 22nd

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          cheesymama RE: ylsf Sep 19, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          This one looks like fun. A park crawl with food, activities and entertainment at 4 different parks. Sunday September 29th.
                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.uniiverse.com/listings/ho...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 19, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Saw this posted on RFD...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            The "I" is from the OP, and not me :) The guy is donating the rental of the venue as his wedding did not go through but he had paid for the space already..

                                                                                                                                                                                                            October 5, 2013 - All you can eat wings
                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://forums.redflagdeals.com/all-yo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.haltonwingfestival.com/
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm hosting an all you can eat wing festival on October 5th to support the MS Society
                                                                                                                                                                                                            100% of the proceeds will be going directly to client services.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            7 vendors will be bringing 1400 pounds of the best wings around trying to win your vote!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This was supposed to be my wedding but since I'm no longer engaged and I already paid for the venue I donated it to this event for the MS Society!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Come out and help Vote For And Crown The Wing King

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tickets and Admissions are limited so dont wait till its too late

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Buy your tickets on line here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.ticketfly.com/event/37259....

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For More information go here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            www.haltonwingfestival.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                            come have a rocking good time
                                                                                                                                                                                                            CFL Players will be coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                            we have a great band! Fire When Ready!
                                                                                                                                                                                                            and its being hosted by Fresh FM's Own Andrew G.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            and yes we will have Beer & Wine, what good are wings without beer?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you need group of tickets or are wanting to pay cheque or cash let me know and I'll try and help you out!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Neil

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 20, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toronto Bourbon Week - Various events/activities

                                                                                                                                                                                                              September 27 to October 3, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://torontobourbonweek.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 20, 2013 07:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Savour Stratford Perth County Culinary Festival

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This weekend - September 21 and 22, 2013:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.visitstratford.ca/culinary...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                This looks interesting, would have gone if I didn't have plans already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jlunar RE: ylsf Sep 23, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I went last year as a guest and it was lots of fun to leisurely wander around. It's a really lovely way to spend the weekend and Stratford is actually not too far away.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ylsf RE: ylsf Sep 30, 2013 08:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A card for this event was put on my car at TUM, figured I would pass it on, but I don't really know anything about it except what is on the website.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Canadian Artisan Tasting Fair:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://tastingfair.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  December 1, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Wychwood Barns

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $35 admission ($30 before November 1st):
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Complimentary sampling galore
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • A chance to meet the artisans, brewmasters, and chefs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • $10 in coupons to purchase your favourite discoveries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • An eco-friendly cotton shopping bag with a bamboo plate and fork

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ylsf RE: ylsf Oct 3, 2013 09:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Eat to the Beat - 60 Female Chefs, One Worthy Cause...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Date:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Tuesday, October 22, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Time:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    7pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Venue:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto (St. Andrew subway station)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Cost:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    General Admission Ticket: $175.00 (a tax receipt will be issued for the maximum allowable amount – typically $50)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.eattothebeat.ca/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Oct 3, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Gourmet Food and Wine Expo - November 14 to 17, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.foodandwineexpo.ca/sitepages/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't been in ages, not sure if it is any better now than before...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ylsf RE: ylsf Oct 3, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Delicious - http://www.deliciousfoodshow.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        October 25 to 27, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Includes Martha Stewart, David Rocco and Chuch Hughes (and, Nadia G... but, that might be a reason NOT to go).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I went when they did this two years ago and it was pretty decent. They have some good speakers and a bunch of food related demos/work shops. They didn't do it last year so curious how it will be this year. I have seem some ticket deals on group buy websites so keep an eye out for those if you are interested in going.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. jlunar RE: ylsf Oct 7, 2013 10:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another free Victorinox seminar series tonight:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanksgiving, Beyond The Basics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          From creative menu suggestions to carving demonstrations and tips, learn from Chef Robert Mills of Thompson Toronto. Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space. *Registration required as space is limited. Victorinox Swiss Army, 95 Bloor Street West, Lower Level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Not really any more details, but here's the link:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          https://www.facebook.com/events/36317...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: jlunar Oct 7, 2013 10:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the heads up. I have gone to two of these (found out via your Blog initially) and they have been quiet good so far. Going to miss this one but definitely would go if I was in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              jlunar RE: ylsf Oct 17, 2013 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yeah, they're nothing complicated, and it's a nice kind of demo if you want ideas and whatnot. Also good for the extra 20% off if you're in the market for some knives!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ylsf RE: ylsf Oct 10, 2013 07:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fermenting Cellar - Distillery District
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $56.50 including taxes

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            https://bbnc.vanaqua.org/vanaqua/even...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste all the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Michael Wilson | Luma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Charlotte Langley | Catch Seafood Restaurant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Stuart Cameron | Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Leanne English | Sodexo Canada
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Doug Neigel | Trattoria Mercatto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Koichi Fujioka | Hapa Izakaya
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Maxine Knight | The Healthy Butcher
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Sonia Potichnyj | John & Sons Oyster House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Travis Cropley | Pure Spirits Oyster House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Felipe Faccioli | Fishbar
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Siobhan Dolan | The Sweet Potato
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Thomas Heitz | Port
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Joshua Dyer | EPIC, Fairmont Royal York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Chef Ibrahim Tams, Earls Kitchen and Bar King Street

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beer pairings coming soon!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. jlunar RE: ylsf Oct 17, 2013 08:06 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I did this demo earlier in the summer. Not really for those who're already comfortable in the kitchen, but it's nice to see if you or someone you know is taking those baby steps. My niece enjoyed it a lot. And well, 20% off if you want knives isn't so bad either, especially when it's for free!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *******

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorinox Swiss Army’s popular KNIFE SKILLS cutlery seminar is returning on Monday, October 21st from 6:30pm – 7:30pm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Join us for a complimentary lesson in knife care, use and selection with Chef Hemant Kanchan of George Brown Chef School. Beef tartar is on the menu and cutlery is 20% off!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space. Further details are below.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Monday, October 21, 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street West, Lower Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Call Victorinox at 416-929-9889 to reserve a space
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (Registration required as space is limited for this complimentary seminar)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              *****

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. mariecollins RE: ylsf Oct 18, 2013 06:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cask days at the Brickworks October 19-20. Lots of yummy beer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                caskdays.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. elasticwaistband RE: ylsf Oct 29, 2013 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  10 days of food events from Toronto Life mag:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. elasticwaistband RE: ylsf Oct 30, 2013 02:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Chocolate Show and Travelzoo discount too:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.travelzoo.com/ca/local-dea...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: elasticwaistband Oct 30, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone been before to the Chocolate Show? Trying to see if it is worth going (more the "Worth" of my time vs. the discounted price).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ylsf RE: ylsf Nov 12, 2013 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone going to the Gourmet Food/Wine Expo this weekend? I haven't been in ages but curious to see if it has changed since the last time I went (hopefully for the better!). Will be there Thursday night in case any other CHers are there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. jlunar RE: ylsf Nov 13, 2013 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Charlie's Burgers (Sunday, November 17)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SNACK TIME ($7 each)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Fried lobster and chanterelles gougères Cured foie gras and pepper jelly sandwiches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Baccala, fresh white truffle, polenta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Pickled chanterelles, feta, quince, lavash
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Smoked new potato skins, sea urchin, crème fraîche, scallions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sichuan sweetbread nuggets, honey dipping sauce
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Chicken heart karaage, Thai vinaigrette, fresh herbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wine by the glass & Beer: $6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        7p to late. Cash only. Bug them for details.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Uhhnngh... chicken heart karaage!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. jlunar RE: ylsf Nov 19, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Another Victorinox Swiss Army North America free demo! This time with Cheese Boutique's Afrim Pristine to lead things. From the presser:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          "Cheese 101 cutlery seminar. Bringing his favourite varieties of Swiss and Canadian cheeses plus other tasty offerings to sample, Afrim will also review the best tools to use and provide tips for entertaining, just in time for the holidays."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monday, December 2nd, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Victorinox Swiss Army, 95A Bloor Street West, Lower Level
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          RSVP 416-929-9889 // Registration required

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. TorontoJo RE: ylsf Dec 4, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kristlemas Market at Stratus is on Dec. 15. Lots of food trucks and other food vendors, local artisans, Oast House beer and Stratus wine. I love these quarterly markets at Stratus.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://gatheringniagara.com/kristlema...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ylsf RE: ylsf Dec 9, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a "Spring Boarding your Food Business" event on December 10, 2013 at The Chef's House - 8 am to 9:45am . Free breakfast. You can still rsvp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/first-indu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Found out about it on RFD thread here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://forums.redflagdeals.com/toront...

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