CNE 2017

The Canadian National Exhibition is back for its 139th edition with a True North theme with many new features and attractions that don’t want to be missed. We visited the CNE a couple of days before opening for a media preview and here are some of the highlights! First off, there is a new eight feet tall CNE sign with a Canadian maple leaf (to commemorate Canada’s 150th) will be illuminated on the west end of the Exhibition grounds near the Princess Margaret Fountain.

Highlights include a specially commissioned Unity Pole designed by Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang to celebrate Canada’s indigenous heritage, a new panoramic origami exhibit of the Canadian landscape and landmarks, a Canadian-themed Aerial Acrobatics and Ice-Skating show starring Elvis Stojko, the President’s Choice SuperDogs CanaDogs Show and a spectacular CNE Aquarama waterfront show.

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Canadian figure skater, three time World Champion and two time Olympic silver medalist, Elvis Stojko, headlines as all new productions of the Aerial Acrobatics & Ice Skating Show to celebrate Canada 150! The ice skating show runs twice daily at 2pm and 5pm and is the perfect way to cool off after a fun-filled day at The Ex!

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At the preview, they also opened up the carnival games for us to get a little competitive! I won a couple of stuffed animals that morning.

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Ojibway artist Kris Nahrgang guides us through a rich story of symbols, which begins with the turtle at the bottom and culminates with the eagle at the top of the pole. What follows is an overview of Kris’s artistic and spiritual quest for “unity” from the “bottom-up”. The components of the unity pole:

  1. Turtle
  2. Bear
  3. Otter, Loon and Fish
  4. Wolf
  5. Maple Leafs and Beaver
  6. Eagle Feather
  7. Spiral
  8. Eagle
  9. Red & Blue Painted Power Lines

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Vegan Poutine

  • a concept by Dutch Frites originating from Netherlands. Each of their offerings are prepared fresh using the finest ingredients possible!

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Cookie Monster & Camp Fire S’More

  • Fresh baked Chimney Cones from Chimney Stax

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Chloe’s Doughnut Ice Cream

  • When a regular cone just isn’t sweet enough, stop by this new CNE concession and indulge in ice cream available in a variety of flavors, served inside a freshly baked doughnut

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Tim Hortons

  • Food for $5.00 or less! Tim Hortons is offering their Timbits Poutine, M&M Donuts, M&M Cookies, M&M Iced Capp and Canada 150 Chill

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Farm to Fryer

  • Farm to Fryer is back this year with more deep fried delicacies such as Deep Fried Frog Legs and Cod Tongue served with tartar sauce.
  • The Turpiggy Torpedo: deep fried pork belly and turkey with cranberry mayo and cheddar on a torpedo bun
  • Fried Mac and Curd Chimichanga: macaroni and cheese curds stuffed in a burrito shell and deep fried
  • Cheese Stuffed Doritos: marble cheddar coated in a Dorito crust and deep fried

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Bacon Nation

  • Because everything is better with bacon! This year, bacon nation will debut their Pancake Bacon Tacos: fluffly buttermilkd pancakes stuffed with a combination of fried and scrambled egg, topped with tomato, green pepper, onion and maple bacon strips and drizzled with chipotle syrup.

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Yatai Street Food

  • a combination of the original gangsta & alley bird
  • Original Gangsta – premium beef burger with lettuce, pickled cabbage, orange cheese and special sauce, nestled between our signature ramen noodle buns
  • Alley Bird – Japanese seasoned chicken katsu with lettuce, pickled cabbage and ninja sauce, nestle between our signature ramen noodle buns

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The Carbone Pizza Nova

  • Pizza Nova is presenting their Carbone Dough Pizza at CNE this year. Carbone Dough is traditional dough infused with activated charcoal.
  • Carbone dough maintains the same great taste as our traditional white dough
  • Carbone dough has a lighter and airier texture

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Double Crab Mac Burger from Fidel Gastro

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Deep Fried Chicken Feet from Coco Concessions

  • Crispy chicken feet served on a stick

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The Juicy Oink from Hot Bunzz Street Cuisine

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Dragon’s Breath Crepe

  • The molecular chemists at Eative have concocted a way to transform CNE guests into dragons! When combined with liquid nitrogen and eaten, this crepe produces a fog-like gas that guests can blow through their nose and mouth

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Strawberry Shortsteak from Philthy Philly’s

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Tokyo Hot Fried Chicken – Japanese Karaage Cuisine

  • Tokyo Boxes all $9.50
  • Step 1 – Choose: Karaage (Hot Chicken), Tokyo Hot (Nashville Hot Fried Chicken), Takoyaki (Crispy Octopus Balls), Tofu (Ginger Fried)
  • Step 2 – Choose your sauce: Spicy sesame, sweet garlic

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Recap of Toronto Festival of Beer 2017

A few weeks ago, we attended Toronto’s Festival of Beer 2017 presented by The Beer Store, which ran from July 28 to July 30 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place. This year the festival celebrated Canada’s 150th birthday by featuring the fine tastes of the brews and food from coast to coast in a 20,000 square-foot pavilion known as the Canada 150 Pavilion. Splitting the country into West Coast, East Coast, Ontario and Quebec, each section showcased 48 different brands of beer including winners of both the Canadian Brewing Awards and Ontario Brewing Awards. The festival featured 416 beers this year and 16+ food vendors including Fidel Gastro’s, Richmond Station, and Campagnolo. Beer was purchased using tokens (1$ = 1 token) and most samples were priced at 1 token for a 4oz. pour.

Some of our favorite beers sampled include Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer, Delirium Tremens, and Daria Damm. An unexpected surprise at this year’s Festival was the Jameson’s whiskey tent where they had free blackjack for prizes. We were also lucky enough to catch a few acts from Dani Strong at the main stage.

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Crabbies Raspberry Ginger Beer and Original Ginger Beer

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Delirium Tremens

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Crabbies Raspberry Ginger Beer

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Caple Road No 3 Cider

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Kronenbourg Blanc

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Twisted Tea Hard Iced Tea Original

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Daura Damm

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Napanee Blacklist German Lager

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Left Field Passionfruit Day Game

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Beau’s Lug-Tread

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Coors Banquet

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Frank Honey Habanero Spicy Ale

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Tempt Cider No. 9

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GIVEAWAY: 4 X $25 Quiznos Gift Cards! {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away 4 X $25 Quiznos Gift Cards!

As the pioneer of the toasted sandwich, Quiznos is “pulling” out the stops to make the months of August and September a party for Canadian BBQ roasted pork lovers with two Canadian-inspired sandwiches:

  • Southern Style saluting traditional backyard BBQ pits with melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese and tangy pickles.
  • Spicy Chipotle a fusion of pulled pork, ham, smoky bacon, melted cheddar cheese, jalapeños, pickles, sautéed onions and tomatoes.

Both toasted signature sandwiches are offered on a variety of artisan breads and include Quiznos’ Zesty Grill Sauce and chipotle mayo. We tried both sandwiches and the Spicy Chipotle was the winner for us!

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4 WINNERS WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 1 $25 Quizno Gift Card each

To enter, you must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) follow @Quiznos on twitter & (3) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered to win 1 of 4 Gift Cards to @Quiznos from @foodinthecityTO #Quiznos150 You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2I5

Alternative Method: If you don’t have twitter that’s okay! Just tag a friend on my instagram post to enter! For those that are submitting entries via twitter, you are more than welcomed to enter via my instagram (link to instagram post coming soon) 

  • Contest closes Thursday August 31st, 2017 5:00 PM EST
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Friday September 1st, 2017
  • You may tweet once a day throughout the duration of the contest
  • Re-tweeting does not count as a valid entry
  • Winner will be selected via http://www.random.org/
  • Twitter Entries are tracked by the @foodinthecityTO tag, if you do not see your entry in the stream, there is no valid entry from you. Please READ HERE as to why tweets are not showing

*Update: September 1st, 2017*

Congratulations @DDaveT10 @JoyceTheFoodie @KellyLee905 @ToonieLoon!

You guys are the lucky winners and will be each receiving a $25 Gift Card to Quiznos!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 89 valid entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order on Twitter. I received email notifications every time an entry was made & recorded the time entry was received. I ensured those who entered were following me on twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org.

 

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NoMads Resto Bar in the Danforth

I’m rarely in the Danforth area but if I do trek over to this part of town, I know I’ll be in for a solid meal. Last weekend, I was invited by Jonathan, along with his wife to their restaurant and bar in the Danforth. This power couple were both very lovely and extremely passionate about the food industry & incredibly proud of every single dish offered on NoMad’s menu. They pride themselves for the diversity offered on their menu which comes from global inspirations whilst local creations.

When you’re craving a little bit of everything – NoMads has got you covered. Their menu is divided into Boards, Shareables, Small Plates, Large Plates and Desserts. Each section has inspirations from every part of the world.

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The Dom Breezer ($10.00)

  • Havana 3yr white rum, simple syrup, fresh pineapple and mint topped with rose wine and soda
  • This cocktail is all brunch lover’s rejoice! Very refreshing and crisp. A few more of these will give you a nice boozy brunch

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Steamed Bao Bun Platter China ($15.00)

  • House-made steam buns, Five spice pork belly, Pickled Cucumber, Red Onion, Cilantro and chili peanuts
  • The steamed bao were one of my favourites – the house made buns were warm and fluffly. The pork bellies were cooked perfectly with each bite that had a nice chunk of pork belly that melted in your mouth. The pickled cucumber, red onion, cilantro and peanuts paired really well with the belly.

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Sushi Japan ($13.00)

  • Spicy tuna,  Avocado, Cucumber, Carrot, Terriyaki Sauce

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Bison Burger North America ($24.00)

  • 8oz bison patty, Boston Lettuce, Pickled cucumber, Tomato bacon relish on a potato scallion bun
  • Each bite of the bison burger was incredibly juicy. The tomato bacon relish was what really put the burger together for me in my opinion – leaving a sweet & savoury taste after every bite that makes you wanting more.

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Chimichanga USA / Mexico ($16.00)

  • Roasted sweet potato, Corn & Black bean salsa, Cilantro – Jalapeno cream

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Chicken & Waffles USA ($18.00)

  • Southern-style fried chicken, Buttermilk waffle, Jalapeno Butter, Brown butter maple syrup

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NoMads Resto Bar can definitely satisfy your cravings if you’re feeling a little bit of everything. Their menu is quite extensive and there is a little something for everyone. Our favourites from the tasting were the Steamed Bao Bun Platter, the Bison Burger and a must order is the chimichanga.

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Yumba – Toronto’s new healthy delivery service

It’s crazy how busy work has been these past few months. I barely get enough down time for myself let alone plan out a proper healthy meal. Last week, I was reached out by Yumba to check out their delivery subscription service. Yumba is Toronto’s new trending healthy eating experience. Curated by local chefs, the food delivery service offers gourmet meals with exceptional taste, conveniently delivered to your door weekly. Those with busy schedules and always on the go can enjoy a healthy food experience with Yumba‘s services.

Ditch the apron because the meals are ready to enjoy in minutes. Meals are delivered in a chilled reusable thermal package. Subscribers of the service will also receive a weekly menu listing ingredients, allergens, and macros. Yumba prides itself for carefully sourced natural ingredients, so individuals can indulge in restaurant-quality fare right to your door. Orders can be placed on Yumba‘s website.

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Chicken & Shrimp Spinach Pesto Pasta

  • Instructions: Remove sauce container before heating your meal in the microwave with the lid loosely fit for 2 minutes. Pour the sauce on your food once it is finished heating.
  • Ingredients: Chicken, Onion, Chardonnay, Lemon juice, Sour cream, Chicken stock, Couscous, Cucumber, Vegetable Oil, Turmeric, Sweet paprika, Raisin, Dijon mustard, Honey, Olives, Broccoli, Cherry Tomato, Parsley, Red bell pepper
  • Allergens: Contains Dairy, Gluten, Eggs, Shellfish
  • Macros: Per 400 g serving (14 oz)
    • Calories 595
    • Protein 19.6g
    • Fat 21.1g
    • Saturated Fat 4.2g
    • Carbohydrate 54g
    • Fibre 11g
    • Sugar 3.7g
    • Cholesterol 7mg
    • Sodium 315mg

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Japanese Kabayaki Flank

  • Instructions: Remove sauce container before heating your meal in the microwave with the lid loosely fit for 2 minutes. Pour the sauce on your food once it is finished heating.
  • Ingredients: Beef (Flank), Mirin, Light soy, Honey, Dijon mustard, Wasabi, Potato (Ontario), Tri-colour carrot (Ontario), Long beans, Garlic, Garlic powder, Scallions, Sesame sees.
  • Allergens: Containers Gluten
  • Macros: Per 400g serving (14oz)
    • Calories 457
    • Protein 32g
    • Fat 5.1g
    • Saturated Fat 1.6g
    • Carbohydrate 35g
    • Fibre 5.1g
    • Sugar 5g
    • Cholesterol 98mg
    • Sodium 555mg

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Burrito Bowl

  • Instructions: Remove sauce container before heating your meal in the microwave with the lid loosely fit for 2 minutes. Pour the sauce on your food once it is finished heating.
  • Ingredients: Chicken, Black beans, Brown rice, Vegetable oil, Lemon juice, Egg, Tomato, Jalapeno pepper, Cilantro, Parsley, Cumin, Chipotle pepper, Vinegar, Cayenne pepper, Cabbage, Avocado, Red onion, Lime, Cheddar cheese
  • Allergens: Containers Dairy, Egg, Gluten-friendly
  • Macros: Per 400g serving (14oz)
    • Calories 519
    • Protein 19g
    • Fat 13g
    • Saturated Fat 3.2g
    • Carbohydrate 45g
    • Fibre 7g
    • Sugar 5.1g
    • Cholesterol 58mg
    • Sodium 211mg

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How this all works:

Essentially, you select choose the # of meals per week you’d like. The options are 4 meals / 6 meals / 8 meals / 12 meals a week. The prices listed on the website include tax as well. Once you select your preferred delivery date and delivery time, you move on to meal selections. Each week, subscribers are given 8 different meals to choose from.

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I enjoyed the service with Yumba. Delivery arrived on the correct date and within the time frame. I particularly liked how my delivery came with a reusable thermal package with ice pack too! The meals selected were healthy and simple to reheat. The overall service is great for those that are always busy and on the go!

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Famoso – New Season, New Pizzas

Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria is the neighbourhood pizzeria to grab great comfort food in a relaxing setting. Inspired by the energy of an authentic pizzeria in Naples, Italy. At Famoso patrons will find the delicious tastes of fresh, pizzaiolo-toosed pizzas and signature Italian dishes served with a perfect selection of wine, craft beer and cocktails.

Famoso is a chain with 30 locations across Canada offering patrons traditional neighbourhood pizzeria that uses fresh ingredients and house made pizza and pastas! Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria has two new pizzas available at all Famoso locations across Canada. Perfect for the fresh summer season, the menu features brand new Mattina and Prawn Pesto Pizzas, as well as the return of the Don Andreas pizza, a seasonal favourite.

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Moscow Mule

  • Vodka, fresh lime, ginger-ale, house-made ginger syrup
  • This cocktail was refreshing, sweet with a good kick of vodka

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Caesar Salad (Half Size – $6.95)

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Beef Bolognese ($13.65)

  • Rigatoni-style pizza, house-made beef bolognese sauce, Grana Padano
  • I can eat bolognese for days. The rigatoni pasta was cooked at a perfect al dente with a delicious spread if Famolo’s home made beef sauce

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Don Andreas ($16.95)

  • Creme fraiche, fior-di-latte mozzarella, roasted chicken, corn and chipotle salsa, avocado, cilantro, lime wedge, side of Valentina hot sauce
  • The toppings on this pizza are the exact same toppings I would order in my burrito bowl so this Don Andreas pizza really hit the spot for me especially with those large slices of avocado. The pizza was baked to a lovely crispy texture along the edge with strings of melted fior-di-latte mozzarella after every bite

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Mattina ($16.95)

  • Parmesan crema, sauteed leeks, pancetta, prosciutto crisps, Grana Padano, Italian parsley, topped with a fried egg

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Tiramisu ($6.95)

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At Famoso patrons will find the delicious tastes of fresh, pizzaiolo-toosed pizzas and signature Italian dishes served with a perfect selection of wine, craft beer and cocktails. The location we visited for this tasting was at The Annex (386 Bloor St W, Toronto)

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New Summer Menu @ Diwan (Aga Khan Museum)

Several weeks ago, we were invited to visit the gorgeous Aga Khan Museum located off of the DVP to check out Chef Mark McEwan’s Diwan. Diwan is back with a new lunch menu inspired by tempting flavours from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, North Africa, and Turkey. At Diwan, diners can enjoy comfortable lounge seating and a spectacular view of the serene Aga Khan Park along with the new patio menu developed by the McEwan Group. The menu features sharing plates, a range of fresh, healthy options, a balance of Silk Route spices, and a Middle Eastern twist, all added to traditional lunch fare. Diwan’s fully licensed patio offers summer dining at its best.

Below are select items from the new menu that we sampled that evening:

  • Advieh Spiced Calamari with Aleppo aioli
  • Lamb Kofta Meatballs with corn, and coconut curry
  • Kibbeh Batata with potato and baby portobello mushrooms, barley, sweet pea tabbouleh, and gorgonzola yogurt
  • Beef and Lamb Burger with tomato, arugula, onion, aioli, smoked mustard, and brioche bun
  • Harissa Glazed Salmon with asparagus, fennel puree, and sunchoke crisps
  • Chicken Shwarma Salad with shawarma-spiced chicken breast, romaine, quinoa, tomato, cucumber, onion, chickpea puree, egg, tahini yogurt, and naan
  • A range of mocktails and cocktails featured daily, such as Cucumber Masala and Sumac Martini

While at the Museum, we also had the opportunity to tour the newly opened exhibition Syrian Symphony: New Compositions in Sight and Sound,an immersive, interactive, and multi-sensory portrayal of the current situation in Syria.

Please enjoy the photos – courtesy of Christie Yuen (https://www.instagram.com/cyhurein/)

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All images are provided by Christie Yuen from https://www.instagram.com/cyhurein/

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GIVEAWAY: 1pair of Tickets to Toronto Cider Festival {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away a pair of Tickets to Toronto Cider Festival – Day Time Session (19+)

On August 26, 2017, Toronto Cider Festival will embody the spirit of true Canadian Pride in honour of Canada’s 150th Anniversary with a waterfront cider celebration at Sherbourne Common near Sugar Beach. Showcasing more than 70 amazing ciders paired with delicious food, live entertainment and local Canadian talent, Toronto Cider Festival – Celebrating Canada 150 will create an environment where guests can kick back, relax by the water and celebrate the end of summer in true Canadian style.

TORONTO CIDER FESTIVAL 

Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017
Hours: 11:30 am to 10:30 pm (over 2 sessions: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Location: Sherbourne Common
Website
: TorontoCiderFestival.com

Expected attendance: 3500
Age: 19+ only
Theme: Canada 150 Celebration
Attraction: More than 25 cider vendors from across Canada and abroad
Entertainment: More than 70 ciders paired with delicious food, a DJ and live entertainment, an Art Showdown during the day, a Flair Cider Cocktail Bartending Competition at night, a cottage lounging area, fun games, exciting contests and a Canada 150 Photo Booth

WINNER WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 1 pair of tickets to the DAY TIME SESSION (11:30AM-4:00PM) event on Sat Aug 26, 2017

To enter, you must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) follow @ToCiderFest and (3) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered to win a pair of tickets to @TOCiderFest happening on Sat Aug 26th from @foodinthecityTO You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2GI

  • Contest closes Thursday August 10th, 2017 5:00 PM EST 
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Friday August 11th, 2017
  • Winner & guest must be 19+ to attend event 
  • You may tweet once a day throughout the duration of the contest
  • Re-tweeting does not count as a valid entry 
  • Winner will be selected via http://www.random.org/
  • Twitter Entries are tracked by the @foodinthecityTO tag, if you do not see your entry in the stream, there is no valid entry from you. Please READ HERE as to why tweets are not showing 

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*Update: August 12, 2017*

Congratulations @perietta_m!

You are the lucky winner to a pair of tickets for Toronto Cider Festival on Sunday August 26th only!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 179 valid entries. Entries were tracked in chronological order on Twitter. I received email notifications every time an entry was made & recorded the time entry was received. I ensured those who entered were following me on twitter. The winner was selected randomly using the “True Random Number Generator” via Random.org.

 

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