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Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown

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Join the Fight for Sustainable Seafood!

Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans face today. Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as Canada’s top chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. 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 each of 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

Calgary Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Vancouver Ocean Wise Chef Finalists

Tickets are in all three cities are $50 plus tax. Tickets include samples of all chowders and beer pairings. The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event.

Calgary

November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Calgary 

Toronto

November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fermenting Cellar at The Distillery Historic District 

Vancouver

November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., Vancouver Aquarium 

Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

October 30, 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

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

Amsterdam Brewery is Making ‘Dam Good Beer

The Amsterdam Brewing Company is an independently owned and operated craft brewery that is deeply rooted in the city of Toronto. A pioneer of craft beer in 1986 and initially called the Amsterdam Brasserie and Brew Pub, “The Amsterdam” was the first of its kind in Toronto to offer patrons hand crafted lagers and ales that were brewed in-house. Today they brew over ten different beers including their flagship lager – Amsterdam Natural Blonde, the award winning Big Wheel Amber and Boneshaker IPA, along with multiple year-round, seasonal and specialty brews. The Amsterdam Brewing Company uses traditional brewing methods and their beers are made with four all natural ingredients – malt, hops, yeast, and water. All beers are GMO-free, without preservatives, and never heat pasteurized.

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The new Amsterdam Brewery Retail Store is located at 45 Esandar Dr. in Toronto. Visit for a tour and tasting session, or just pop in to say hi and pick up some beer! They are open 7 days a week including holidays.

For more information, follow @AmsterdamBeer on Twitter, and like Amsterdam on Facebook.

Amsterdam Brewing Company, 416.504.6882, 45 Esandar Drive, Toronto, Ontario, M4G 4C5
Hours: Open 7 Days a week, Monday-Saturday 11-11 Sunday 11-6. Also open on holidays!

May 20, 2013 | By | Reply More

St. Patrick’s Day Food, Drink and Event Ideas

St. Patrick's Day cookie bouquet by The Cookie Messenger

St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17th, the religious feast day and the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. St. Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland, and is one of Christianity’s most widely known figures. Although now commonly associated with green beer, shamrock shakes and boisterous festivities, the Irish have been observing the religious significance of this day for centuries.

Looking for something to do this St.Patty’s day weekend? Take part in a parade and then head out to your local beer master/pub/watering hole. Whether you’re in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver fill yourself with a hearty breakfast, colourful festivities and some drinks!

Toronto

In downtown Toronto, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held every year on March 17th. The procession will begin at noon on Sunday at Bloor and St. George. There are pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers and many more. The parade will make its way east to Yonge St., then head south to Queen, and turn back west where the parade will end at Nathan Phillips Square.

The City of Toronto’s historical site Montgomery’s Inn is holding two St. Patrick’s Day events; St. Patrick’s Eve Céilidh on Saturday night, and St. Patrick’s Day Tea on Sunday afternoon.

Of course there are also plenty of Toronto pubs and restaurants hosting St. Patty’s Day festivities. These include: Dora Keogh, Allen’s RestaurantFlynn’s of Temple Bar, Ceili Cottage, Irish Embassy, P.J O’Briens, The Pour HouseBrazen Head, Grace O’Malleys, The Roy Public House, Starfish.

Chow down on some St. Patty’s Day cookies! The Cookie Messenger specializes in cookie bouquets, like the St. Patrick’s Day bouquet (above). As the premier and only cookie bouquet company in Canada, they pride themselves in creating edible works of art. Each cookie is hand-decorated and baked from scratch using 100% natural ingredients, without any additives or preservatives. Find them on Facebook,  Twitter and Instagram.

Or venture down the road to Niagara on the Lake to Niagara Oast House Brewers and join El Gastrónomo Vagabundo for a t’Oast! Oast has a brand new Smoked Irish Stout, and El Gastrónomo Vagabundo is going to be incorporating it into the menu. From 1-5pm they’ll be serving up smoked stout lamb shank and beef pie with mushy mint peas, smoked stout apple crumble with smoked malts and whiskey cream! Aside from the great eats, there will be lots of music and beer and best of all there is no cover.

Vancouver

One of the biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in Vancouver, The Blarney Stone throws a huge St. Patrick’s Day party on March 17 with green beer, Irish Dancers, full Irish menu, and live music.

Doolin’s Irish Pub joins forces with the Vancouver CelticFest March 13 – 17, for five days of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, including live bands, Celtic Folk Singers, dancers, Irish food, and more.

Looking for more ideas in Vancouver, Notable.ca has some great pubs and party spots you should visit.

Montreal

The Montreal St. Patrick’s Parade has run consecutively since 1824 and has been organized by the United Irish Societies of Montreal since 1929. Each year, Montrealers are invited to enjoy this celebration of St. Patrick, the Irish community and the welcoming of Spring.

If attending the parade, have breakfast before at McKibbins. They’ll be serving up an Irish breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Costs $15. Live music starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 3am, including Celtic Grace Dancers. Ye Olde Orchard is also serving up breakfast and Irish coffee from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. costing roughly $7 to $10 à la carte, depending on the order.

How about an old fashioned pub crawl? Head to Old Montreal for the classic pub crawl. You can purchase a one day or three day pass, the crawl starts at 11. Quench your thirst at these pubs and bars including Winnie Bar Restaurant, Irish Embassy, Le Vieux Dublin, McLean’s Pub, Bar WaverlyHurley’s Irish Pub, and L’Ile Noir.

Rather stay in this St. Patrick’s Day? Try these recipe and drink ideas from Foodea.com.

No matter what you decide to do this Sunday, drink responsibly and have a great St. Patty’s day!

March 14, 2013 | By | Reply More