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86’d at The Drake Hotel’s Wild Blueberry Bacchanal

Alexa Clark, www.unsweetened.ca, Wild Blueberry Association of North America.

Photo Credit: Alexa Clark, www.unsweetened.ca, Wild Blueberry Association of North America

At last month’s 86’d Wild Blueberry Bacchanal held at The Drake Hotel, Heather Mordue from L’Unita restaurant was the crowd favourite with her delicious wild blueberry Nanaimo bars (above).

The competition had dishes featuring wild blueberries going head to head for guests to sample and vote. Michelle Edgar of The Sweet Escape presented a wild blueberry cheesecake éclair, while Farzam Fallah of Richmond Station, created a duck liver mousse on deep fried French toast with a wild blueberry whiskey sauce.

thevandyksAlong with the sweet and savoury blueberry treats, an original cocktail, The Van Dyk’s, was crafted by Drake mixologist, Gord Hannah.

The Van Dyk’s

Featuring Van Dyk’s 100 per cent wild blueberry juice, by Gord Hannah, Mixologist at The Drake Hotel.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 muddled grapefruit
  • 1.5 oz Maker’s Mark
  • .5 oz Creme de Violet
  • 1.5 oz Van Dyk’s wild blueberry juice*
  • .25 oz lemongrass syrup

Preparation:

  1. Shake ingredients with ice, serve in rocks glass over ice.
  2. Garnish with grapefruit peel and frozen wild blueberries.

The Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) is an international trade association of growers and processors of wild blueberries from Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Maine, dedicated to bringing the wild blueberry health story and unique wild advantages to consumers and the trade worldwide. For recipes, nutritional information or to learn more about wild blueberries visit wildblueberries.com or follow @WildBBerries4U on Twitter.

86’d at The Drake takes place Monday Nights at The Drake Hotel and is hosted by Ivy Knight, publisher of Swallow Daily.

August 24, 2013 | By | Reply More

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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Artists

Entertainment

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

The Night Market at 99 Sudbury Starts Tonight at 5pm!

The Night Market at 99 Sudbury

The Night Market is a free, weekly farmers’ market and bazaar, held every Wednesday Night from 5pm-10pm at 99 Sudbury, from July 3rd – October 23 2013.

Vendors will include farmers with fresh produce; grocery items from local purveyors like cheeses, breads and meats and locally made products like sauces, pickles, preserves and baked goods. Food vendors, including local restaurants, pop ups, and food trucks will sell freshly made food to eat at the market or to take home. Stay for a drink from one of the local drink vendors including wineries, spirit distilleries and breweries. Retail vendors including artisans will be on hand selling clothing, jewelry, art, crafts, flowers and more.

The market will take place in the 99 Gallery space every Wednesday evening beginning July 3rd, 2013 and running until October 23 2013.

For more information visit: www.NightMarketTO.com 
Facebook: www.facebook.com/NightMarketTO 
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NightMarketTO

July 3, 2013 | By | Reply More