416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jan.31 – Feb.2)

Chinese New YearIt’s Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Horse which, according to some astrologers, will be a year full of conflicts. Hm, so what does that mean for you? They say people will stick to their principles so it will be hard to negotiate or compromise. What does it mean if you happen to rely more on the Gregorian calendar to make all your appointments on time? It means an awesome weekend filled with celebrations in Chinatown and the chance to chow down on some delicious food. Between Chinese New Year celebration, SuperBowl Sunday and other fun winter events, this weekend is going to be great! Here’s my TOP5 things to do in Toronto this weekend.

DumplingsThe Seventh Annual Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day Banquet – This 11-course meal will take place at Taste of China Seafood Restaurant this Friday at 6:00pm and will be hosted by culinary historian Shirley Lum. Partake in a traditional Chinese New Year’s feast that includes crab meat and fish maw soup, whole steamed fish, stir-fried shrimp, e-mein noodles, phoenix nest with seafood and vegetables, pork chops with house barbecue sauce, double lobsters with ginger, garlic and green onions, four treasure braised vegetables, whole crispy chicken and shrimp chips, Yeung Chow fried rice, sweet dessert soup and fortune cookies…this is making me hungry. Throughout the service Ms. Lum provides insight into Chinese animal signs and the horoscopes for this Year of the Horse.

From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru – This new exhibit at the Textile Museum of Canada allows visitors to delve into the personal wardrobe of Ichimaru, one of the most famous geishas of the 20th century. Her luxurious kimonos were hand-crafted. The exhibit is on until April 11th.

WinterfestBrrr Winter Music Festival – Electronic music takes over Echo Beach at Ontario Place this Saturday for the annual Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival. This winter outdoor music festival promises to keep attendees warm with music and art. This year’s lineup is not to be missed and it includes Wolfgang Gartner, Bass Jackers, Felix Cartal, Henrix, Joe Ghosts, Matt Zanardo, Sharam, Lee Foss, Hot Since 82, Eric Volta and Holloh.

Winterlicious – If you’ve been stuck on repeat with your lunch or dinner meals lately and wondering if you’ll ever taste a real gourmet meal again, you’re in luck because Winterlicious starts this Friday. With over 200 restaurants in the city participating, this is the must-attend foodie event of the winter, so get out, get some tickets, and get your prix fixe on. 

teaThe Toronto Tea Festival –  Get to know your favourite leaves in a way you never thought possible. Tea aficionados gather for a festival celebrating all things tea for two days at the Toronto Reference Library. Attendees can watch demonstrations, taste rare and unusual teas and peruse an assortment of teas on display by vendors from in and around Toronto. There are also multiple exhibitors, a silent auction and a raffle.

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