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The 19th Annual Toronto’s Festival of Beer

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer, frequently referred to as Beerfest, is an annual event taking place on Exhibition grounds in Toronto. The festival celebrates Canada’s rich brewing history, featuring over 200 brands including many Ontario craft breweries. The 19th annual Festival of Beer took place July 26-28th.

With entry you are provided a glass to use for sampling. This year’s glass was an impressive and hefty glass beer mug. Sampling tokens were available for $1 each. At most vendors, samples were 1 token for a half glass (4 oz.) or 2 tokens for a full glass (8 oz.). We attempted to work our way through the festival.

Some of our beer highlights included:

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A noticeable change at the festival over the past few years has been the increase of quality food offerings. Here were some of our favourite food finds:

  • Fidel Gastro (@FidelGastrosFacebook) was serving up a mix of his famous sandwiches including the Gorgeous Jorge (pulled pork, peanut butter, bacon jam and pig crackling) and Lisa Marie menu favourites like the Alabama Tailgaters (smoked bacon wrapped beef carpaccio, cheese and kimchi).
  • Melt Grilled Cheese (@MeltgrilledchzFacebook) was dishing up ooey-gooey grilled cheese sandwiches including the decadent Tattooed Chicken (cheddar, mozzarella, grilled chicken, bacon, herbed tomato and garlic aioli).
  • Rock Lobster Food Co. (@RockLobsterFoodFacebook) had their popular lobster rolls (also available as tacos). Unfortunately, festival favourite “pickle on a stick” were all sold out by the time we got there.
  • Pizzeria Libretto (@PizzaLibretto / Facebook). Rocco Agostino was serving up pizza pies as quickly as they came out of the wood fired oven.
  • The International Centre’s Crafting Fuzion had one of the most interesting offerings, the Seoul Bandido Nacho Libre, a Korean-Mexican mashup featuring pork bulgogi and kimchi.

We also bumped into our Eat Up TO friends from FoodShootr (@FoodShootrApp / Facebook) in the social media lounge (which was sponsored in part by Neal Brothers and NOW Magazine). FoodShootr has just released version 2.0 of their app and were at the festival capturing the festivities. The images above are FoodShootr‘s foodie finds at the fest.

Another great festival year. We’re looking forward to the next one!

For more information visit beerfestival.ca, follow @TOBeerFestival on Twitter and like TOBeerFestival on Facebook.

August 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

RENDER Toronto Volume 1

RENDER is a collaborative performance project, committed to bringing you the best of Toronto’s talent. RENDER Vol. 1 is taking place this Monday, July 29th at Nyood. The first edition features Chef Rob Bragagnolo of Marben, who will be serving up a fixed course dinner service alongside four visual artists showcasing and selling original works. Six performers will be doing essential minimixes and live collaborations. All tickets include a complimentary cocktail and RENDER Volume 1 art print.

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Performers and Artists Featured:

  • MEMORECKS
  • KID MK
  • DARA VANDOR
  • UBER 5000
  • FREE N LOSH
  • DUDEMAN
  • JASON FIELD
  • STEPH AVERY
  • HEYOKA
  • NICK MOORE
  • THE PRENUP

Tickets including dinner are $40. Performance only tickets are $20. Tickets are available via Uniiverse.

RENDER Volume 1 – Monday, July 29th @ Nyood 1096 Queen St W.

July 27, 2013 | By | Reply More

Open Up..Im Burning Through

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Open Up..Im Burning Through is an Artisan Showcase hosted by the Future Arts People happening Saturday July 27, 2013, 5pm-Midnight at Top Floor Studio, 54 Power St. Corktown Toronto.

There is a $20 cover. Food will be available including summer bean salad and garlic shrimp. Drinks will include Sangria and Chardonnay.

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Hosted by The Future Arts People:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/350319095005526/
https://soundcloud.com/the-future-arts-people

For more information visit the Facebook event page or RSVP @ 647.991.4329.

July 23, 2013 | By | Reply More

Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium: Battle Two is Here!

 

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Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium (AKS) is a celebration of Toronto’s vibrant food culture that brings together the city’s hottest restaurant, food truck and pop-up vendor chefs to raise money for local food initiative, My Food My Way. My Food My Way is a youth nutrition education program that aims to engage youth in food and nutrition in a way that makes sense to them. Rather than distributing nutrition facts or telling students what they should eat, MFMW seeks to empower them using hands-on learning, and collaborative education to make healthy choices for themselves.

AKS combines the model of the casual pop-up party with the diner interaction and entertainment quality of an action-packed cooking competition.

This is how it’s all going to go down:

At each event, there’s a secret ingredient chosen that will be revealed when you show up to the event.

Four Toronto culinary superstars will each prepare two dishes that showcase the chosen ingredient, and you will have the chance to purchase whatever your heart desires for $6 per item.  Delicious beer, wine and cocktails will also be available throughout the duration of the event for $6.

Approximately 2/3 of the way through the event, chefs will be invited one at a time to present their dishes to our panel of celebrity judges on the stadium stage. The judges will provide appropriate commentary and evaluate the dishes on taste, presentation, and originality.

Meanwhile, all of this action will be filmed and projected live onto a large screen for guests to watch, between which DJ Michael Anthony will be pumping out the tunes for your entertainment. There will also be food product gift baskets being raffled off so you could go home with a full belly AND a basket!

After each of the three consecutive battles, a winning chef will be selected to move onto the championship battle taking place at the Delicious Food Show on the Food Network celebrity stage. The final “wild card” competitor for the championship battle will be selected by YOU via an online poll.

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BATTLE TWO Chefs:

  • Andres Marquez and Howard Dubrovsky of Fonda Lola
  • Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball & Food Network
  • Peter Ramsay of the *NEW* Geraldine
  • Jesse Vallins of The Saint

BATTLE TWO Judges:

  • Trish Magwood (Food Network, Celebrity Cookbook Author)
  • Mike Chalut (Proud FM, TV Actor)
  • Vita Chambers (Pop Star Recording Artist of Hit Song “Fix You”)
  • Maggie McKeown (Food Network Judge)

BATTLE ONE Secret Ingredient:

Um… it’s a secret? But for those with food restrictions, please know the ingredient itself is vegetarian, dairy free and gluten free (the prepared dishes, however, may or may not be).

BATTLE ONE details:

July 21st 1-4pm
MOD Club 722 College St W

$10 tickets online. $15 at the door, pending availability. More information can be found on the facebook event page.

A portion of all food and ticket sales, and 100% of raffle ticket sales will be going to My Food My Way.

Tickets are available now via Uniiverse.

July 19, 2013 | By | Reply More

Hacking the Food Industry Promo Week

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Are you a budding food entrepreneur looking to start your own pop up, food truck or restaurant? Matt Basile, Creator of food concept Fidel Gastro’s and restaurant Lisa Marie, and Hassel Aviles, Founder of the Toronto Underground Market, are leading an intensive full-day virtual workshop designed to help you grow your business. Forget culinary school. Forget 10 years of working in someone else’s kitchen. Get ready to break into the industry and turn your food idea into a profitable food business. Hacking the Food Industry will save you months worth of time, mistakes, and wasted dollars, and get you fuelled to make your mark doing what you love in the food industry. And for the next 72 hours, you can get a one-of-a-kind education at a one-of-a-kind price!

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LIMITED TIME OFFER Hacking the Food Industry  – July 9 to 11, use promo code: FOODEA

  • FREE Google Hangout Kickoff (Tuesday, July 9, 7pm EST)
  • Get Matt’s Top 5 tips to getting your food business off the ground
  • Q&A time to ask questions about the workshop + your food business
  • Full Hacking The Food Industry Course available at $49 (Regular price: $79)
  • Individual courses at $11.99 (regular price: $19)
  • First 5 people to purchase the full course get a FREE 30-minute consult with Matt (in Toronto or via Skype)

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Matt ditched the cubicle to launch Fidel Gastro’s, and has since hosted sold-out pop-ups, launched a food truck, opened a restaurant, catered exclusive events, landed his own television show on Travel + Escape, was featured on Eat Street, and most importantly, made his food idea into a full-time profitable business.

Ready to follow your food dreams? Follow the jump to learn more and get hacking!

Full details at HackingTheFoodIndustry.com (via The INSIGHT Project)

Remember, this promo only lasts until midnight on Thursday, July 11!

July 8, 2013 | By | Reply More