Toronto Festival of Beer 2018

One of my favourite events is happening again this summer! Toronto Festival of Beer (TFOB) will be held from July 26 to July 29, 2018. Tickets are selling fast and only Thursday and Sunday are available. Please note, TFOB is a 19+ event.

This year for music they will have Broken Social Scene & The Rural Alberta Advantage on Thursday, Ludacris on Friday, Dwayne Gretzky on Saturday, and I Mother Earth & Finger Eleven on Sunday.

Click HERE for tickets.

Media Release

Toronto‘s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store
Shines A Spotlight on Women in Beer
Toronto‘s Festival of Beer, presented by the Beer Store is proud to introduce its first feature area in a three-part series called TFOB Spotlight which begins with Women In Beer, available from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park, Exhibition Place.
 
TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer will showcase a selection of beerbrewed by women and other brews where women played an integral role in bringing it to life. This first TFOB Spotlight is in partnership with  The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies.
We are excited to shine a Spotlight on Women In Beer at Toronto‘s Festival of Beer 2018.” said Les Murray, President of Toronto‘s Festival of Beer and Beerlicious Inc. “Women continue to play a crucial role in Canada’s brewing industry in both brewing and education. The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies is an organization that promotes and supports women in the industry and we are delighted to collaborate with them on this spotlight.
 
An excellent selection of brews will be available for fans to choose from in the TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer that range in style. A complete list is still being developed but fans can expect to taste a Shagbark Stout, a Honey IPA, and even a Raspberry Blonde Ale with Glitter, just to name a few. The breweries that are participating in this TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer, include:

 

We are thrilled to collaborate on the TFOB Spotlight: Women In Beer,” said Erica Campbell, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer of The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies. “Women who have a passion for great tasting beer is what our society is all about and we’re glad that we can share that same passion with the fans at the 2018 edition of Toronto‘s Festival of Beer.

Summerlicious 2018 – My Top 10 Picks

Hi Toronto Foodies,

It’s been a while but here is my list for Summerlicious this year. Please note, prices have increased for their set meals.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Noce
    • Note: Did my Winterlicious here and food was good. My friends and I were especially amused by the sassy server we had too. Worth a visit.
  2. TOCA
    • Note: Located at the Ritz Hotel, I have been to the hotel once for a media conference but not the restaurant. Good opportunity to get your bougie foodie on? Haha.
  3. King Taps
    • Note: I went here for drinks and its got a really nice casual atmosphere, after work crowd and good drinks. Debating going here or trying TOCA for Summerlicious.
  4. Cactus Club Cafe
    • Note: I have been to this restaurant a few times and some of my coworkers like it there too. Just be aware of which floor you book for. The rooftop is usually the loudest in the evenings.
  5. Lisa Marie
    • Note: I am following one of the chefs on social media and he is always posting yummy foodie pictures, so I am curious about this place. If you go, let me know how you like them!
  6. Wickson Social
    • Note: Enjoyed the drinks here, have not tried food but it could be a more affordable casual option.
  7. Sassafraz
    • Note: Sassafraz back on Licious! I have been here a few times and for a wedding event as well. Solid pick.
  8. Nota Bene
    • Note: Always on my foodie wish list, but didn’t have the opportunity to try yet. I wish they did licious lunches on weekends but I don’t think they do. Please call to check.
  9. Copetin Restaurant
    • Note: Looks like a new restaurant on the scene, reviews look good so far. If you have tried a lot of the restaurants already on the list, this could be a nice option.
  10. Figo
    • Note: It seems popular with pretty interiors. Worth a try?

Reservations start today, June 21. Summerlicious starts July 6 to July 22, 2018.

Happy nomming!

Winterlicious 2018: My Top 10 Picks

Hey Toronto Foodies,

A little late this year with my Winterlicious list but it has been surprisingly frustrating getting reservations this time.

It was pretty hard to find a restaurant that 1) served Winterlicious lunch on a weekend, 2) I have not been to already and 3) had good reviews for the most part.

I have been to a lot of restaurants in the past so my search was definitely limiting.

Here are my recommendations:

  1. Ricarda’s
    • Note: Dined here for a Summerlicious lunch over a weekend and enjoyed myself. Tried a promotional flight of drinks too which was nice and included 3 glasses from options such as ice wine, white and red wines. I believe the TV show Suits filmed here as well.
  2. Carbon Bar.
    • Note: Only has Winterlicious dinner but reviews look good. I might check this restaurant out on a regular day.
  3. Biff Bistro
    • Note: I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for ages but it only has Winterlicious weekend dinner.
  4. Cactus Club Cafe
    • Note: I have been to this restaurant a few times and liked the butternut squash soup or duo (ask how many pieces you get for appetizer), feenie burger and chocolate mousse.
  5. Estiatorio Volos
    • Note: Again, another restaurant I was unable to book because they only do weekend Winterlicious dinner. Check in on your Yelp app for a free appetizer.
  6. The Queen and Beaver Public House
    • Note: Reviews seem good and it looks like a nice pub/brunch spot.
  7. Wickson Social
    • Note: Enjoyed the drinks here, have not tried food but it could be a more affordable casual option.
  8. Miku
    • Note: Never been but a coworker recommended it. Miku has good reviews as well on Yelp.
  9. Kasa Moto
    • Note: Tried dinner here before and its not bad. If you like their Winterlicious menu, give this place a chance. Usually on the pricier side so it would be an opportune time to try.
  10. Insomnia.
    • Note: A solid good brunch pick, I’ve been there a few times. I love the eggs benedict. Recommend!
  11. Bonus Pick – Noce Restaurant
    • Note: Never been to this restaurant but I will be doing my own Winterlicious lunch here. Not too many reviews but from what I read, most of them are positive.

Again, please double or even triple check that your restaurant choice is participating during the weekend if that is your availability. Looking at you Bar Buca! I once made reservations there for a Licious lunch and the staff said they do weekend when they don’t. Happened to not just me but another table who was sitting nearby.

Hope you find my recommendations useful!

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