416 Weekend: Things to do in Toronto (Jul.25 – Jul.27)

food festivalIt’s Friday again and if you’ve been the one stuck in the office covering for your team members while they’re on vacation, you probably can’t get out of there and start the weekend. Appearantly Fordfest is not serving alcohol this year. I call that poetic justice, but cheer up, there are much better outdoor festivals to chose from this weekend. If you had your sights set on great food and a pint or two to wash it down with, you’ll love what I have planned for you. Here’s my TOP5 things to do this weekend. Cheers!

Taste of Toronto – Some of the best restaurants in the city are participating in this festival this weekend in Fort York. Sample fine wine and new dishes from menus exclusive to the event and chat with some of your favourite chefs. There is also an opportunity to hit the kitchen and learn some new skills with a hands-on cooking lesson. Some of the highlights of this high-class face-stuffing event include crab-and-prawn rolls from THR&Co, Atlantic salmon from Splendido and spicy shrimp from Khao San Road among many others. Tickets include entry for one 4 – 5 hour session and $6 worth of food and drink vouchers.

beer festivalToronto’s Festival of Beer – If you want to change things up from Taste of Toronto, head a block west to Exhibition Place for this 20th annual beerfest including over 100 local and international producers of beer, spirits and food that pairs well with a cold one. Meet some of Canada’s most respected chefs and learn about the history and latest industry innovations. Some of the brewers include Great Lakes Brewers, Mill St., Steam Whistle and Flying Monkey. Food vendors like Fidel Gastro, Smoke’s Poutinerie and Rock Lobster will be serving up the eats.

The Junction Farmers Market – One of the best ways to spend s Saturday morning in the Summer is picking out fresh local goods at a Farmers Market. If you’re in the West End, head over to the Junction Train Platform for local and sustainably produced foods – anything from fruits and veggies to artisan breads, baked goods and charcuterie.

liberty village movieMovie Night in Liberty Village Park – The weather is looking good and it’s going to a perfect evening to relax outside and enjoy a movie. It’s Jurassic Park night in Liberty Village Park tonight, so if ridiculously unrealistic action flicks is your guilty pleasure, this is the place to be. Bring and blanket or chairs, buy some local food, bring your friends and enjoy the evening under the stars. You can also win tickets to Taste of Toronto and gift cards to local restaurants.

American Ultimate Disc League Championship Weekend – Did you know that Ultimate Frisbee has a semi-professional league now? Well, now you do, and the championships are happening in Toronto’s Varsity Stadium this weekend. Following the semi-final games which include the Toronto Rush and the New York Empire, the teams will face off for $25,000 and a trophy. We all know that Toronto fans are the best fans of any game, and since The Jays are not in town this weekend, you should be here.

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