Toronto Cider Festival 2017

It’s that time of the year again where all cider lovers can rejoice about the upcoming Toronto Cider Festival! This year’s Cider Festival is bigger and better – with more than 25 cider vendors available from across Canada. This year’s venue will be located at Sherbourne Common (near Sugar Beach) on Saturday August 26th from 11:30AM to 10:30PM over 2 sessions.

If you’ve missed out on last year’s Cider Festival and want to read all about what went down – you can read my recap post here

2017 Event Details:

  • Location: Sherbourne Common (near Sugar Beach)
  • Date & Time:
    • Saturday, August 26th, 2017
    • 11:30 am to 10:30 pm (over 2 sessions: 11:30 am – 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
  • Expected attendance: 3500
  • Theme: Canada 150 Celebration
  • Cider Line Up: 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

Guests will have the choice of attending either the Day or Evening session – each four and a half hours in duration, plus they will receive 4 sample tokens and a commemorative sampling mug with each ticket to kick off their cider experience. The serious cider lovers can purchase a VIP ticket providing them with 6 additional tokens for a total of 10 tokens and access to the Food & Cider Pairing session and an exclusive meet & greet the cider makers during the VIP Early Admission.

Stay tuned for a giveaway but in the mean time – you can purchase your tickets HERE

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Steakcation with Chef Graham Elliott & Walmart Canada

One does not say no when invited to a “Steakcation”evening with Walmart Canada and Celebrity Chef Graham Elliott. Several weeks ago, we had the pleasure of discovering Chef Elliott’s exclusive Tequila Taqueria for one night only!

That evening, we joined Chef Elliott in his pop up kitchen where he made all of us his own Summer Steak Tacos as well as other signature dishes made with 100% Canadian AAA Angus Steak. Please enjoy the photos 🙂

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GIVEAWAY: 1pair of Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer for July 30th {CLOSED}

I’m thrilled to be giving away a pair of Tickets to Toronto’s Festival of Beer (for Sunday July 30)

Toronto’s longest running and largest annual beer festival is back at it again this year from Friday July 28th to Sunday July 30th at Bandshell Park @ Exhibition Place. Presented by the Beer Store, Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFOB) returns offering beer lovers a chance to sample 416  brews from across the country and beyond. The Beer Store is also proud to announce a culinary experience – where the team welcomes an outstanding roster of Chefs and restaurants that are leading the way in Toronto’s thriving food scene.

TORONTO’S FESTIVAL OF BEER

Date: Friday July 28 – Sunday July 30
Hours: July 28 (4:30PM-11:00PM) , July 29 (1:30PM – 8:00PM), July 30 (1:30PM – 8:00PM)
Location: Bandshell Park – Exhibition Place
Website
BeerFestival.ca

WINNER WILL BE RECEIVING:

  • 1 pair of tickets to the event for SUNDAY JULY 30th ONLY (does not include tokens)

To enteryou must (1) follow me on Twitter (@foodinthecityTO) and (2) tweet the following message:

I’ve entered to win a pair of tickets to @TOBeerFestival happening on July 28-30 from @foodinthecityTO You can too! https://wp.me/p7VHwg-2G3

  • Contest closes Thursday July 20, 2017 5:00 PM EST 
  • Winner will be randomly selected via random.org and announced on my blog on Friday July 21, 2017
  • Tickets will be emailed to the winner. 
  • 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 

To Purchase Tickets, please click here

*Update: July 21st, 2017*

Congratulations @itsfredddy !

You are the lucky winner to a pair of tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Sunday July 30th only!

Thank you to all those that entered this contest. There were a total of 59 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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Nestlé Canada – Unwrap Some Good Campaign

Last week, I had the pleasure of visiting Nestlé Canada in Toronto’s historic Sterling Road Factory. This factory is one of Canada’s oldest and largest confection production facilities established in 1890 – where Kit Kat, Smarties, Coffee Crisp and other Nestlé classics are locally made for over 120 years. During this tour of the factory, we also learned a lot about Nestlé‘s Unwrap Some Good Campaign – an initiative to share Nestlé’s Cocoa Plan with the public. The Nestlé Cocoa Plan is a global initiative that helps tackle key issues facing cocoa farmers, their families and communities to create a better future for cocoa farming.

 By working closely with farming co-op and paying a premium for quality, Nestlé is reducing the complexity of its supply chain, improving returns to farmers and enhancing the quality of cocoa it uses in its products. The Cocoa Plan provides farmers with training to improve agricultural practices that help to distribute higher-yielding and disease-resistant cocoa plants. As well, it works to support women farmers and improves access to education for children. 

Key Facts about Cocoa Plan:

  • Nestlé Canada uses 100% UTZ certified sustainable cocoa, sourced through The Cocoa Plan, to craft some of the most loved products in Canada
  • Through the global Nestlé Cocoa Plan 2.16 million high yield cocoa plants were grown and distributed and 57,000 farmers were trained in fields school in 2016
  • Through the global Cocoa Plan, Nestlé has committed to investing over $150 million in the communities in which it operates in between 2010 and 2019
  • Through the Cocoa Plan, Nestlé global will:
    • Distribute 12 million high-yield, disease resistant cocoa plants by 2019
    • Source 230,000 tonnes of sustainable cocoa by 2020
    • Build or refurbish 40 schools
    • Educate more than 35, 000 community members on child labour issues

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Key Facts about Nestlé Canada:

  • 3,500 employees in Canada, in approximately 20 facilities across the country
  • $2.3 billion in Canadian sales (2014)
  • Today, 95% of Canadian households contain a Nestlé product; everything from chocolates and confectionery, to coffee and beverages, to ice cream and frozen desserts and pet care products
  • Nestlé is a Canadian market leader in several categories, including bottled water, confectionery, frozen pizza, ice cream, soluble coffee and pet food (Purina)

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Key Facts about Sterling Road Factory:

  • The facility employs more than 500 individuals living in the Greater Toronto Area
  • Only sustainable cocoa soured through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan is used at the factory
  • 100% of landfill waste of the factory is diverted to an electrical co-generation plant
  • It has been a peanut-free facility since 2001
  • Confectionery treats are produced up to 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (closed Christmas)
  • Some of Canada’s favourites confectionery brands originate from Sterling Road, including Coffee Crisp, Kit Kat, Smarties and Aero
  • On an annual basis, Sterling Road produces 18,000 tonnes of confectionery products

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Our exciting tour consisted of visiting 4 different floors of the factory. Each floor produced a different brand of chocolate. After putting on some head to toe gear, and swapping our equipment for traces of peanut – we were taken away to have a closer look how each of our favourite brand of chocolate are produced! Please enjoy the photos from our tour 🙂

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Adelaide Eats 2017

Adelaide Eats by Toronto Market Co is back at it again for its third consecutive year! Returning to its previous location at Adelaide Place in the heart of the Financial District, Adelaide eats is serving up Toronto’s most popular food vendors with the city’s best chefs, restaurants, bakers and food entrepreneurs.

Located on the second floor terrace of Adelaide Place (150 York Street) – Adelaide Eats is opened for the public to enjoy weekdays beginning June 1, 2017 to July 28, 2017; Monday through Wednesday: 11AM to 3PM, and Thursday and Friday 11AM to 9PM.

Ishtar Catering (Available June 1-30)

  • is a family owned Mediterranean restaurant offering homemade Halal appetizers, main entrees and dessert

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Mikey’s (Available June 1 -30)

  • Delivering a Caribbean focused menu with an emphasis on jerk flavour

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Momofuku Noodle Bar (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Specializing in amazing tasting, high quality Asian foods with a focused menu of steamed buns and noodle dishes

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Tacos 101 (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • A variety of mouth watering tacos spiced with the true flavours of Mexico

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Fish’d by EDO (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Try Toronto’s original hand crafted sushi burritos and Hawaiian poke bowl, featuring an array of inspired ingredients

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Toben Food by Design (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Try fresh, local and innovative creations, crafted from flavours and regions across the globe by Toben Kochman, a Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts in Paris alumnae

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La Fiesta (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Authentic Ecuadorian cuisine including their wildly popular Paella con Mariscos

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Short & Sweet

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District 28 (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Specializing in local comfort food, made to order, their Adelaide Eats menu will focus on healthy yet heart bowls that can be enjoyed day after day

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Wahlburgers (Available June 1-30, July 4-28)

  • Wahlburgers is an award-winning burger concept from Wahlberg brothers Paul, Mark and Donnie. The menu includes classic burgers, sides, and Wahlberg childhood favourites.

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Chimney Stax (Available June 1-30)

  • Chimney Stax are fresh made, rotisserie – baked breads served sweet or savoury. They are derived from a popular Eastern European street food known as Chimney Stax.

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Adelaide Eats is opened for the public to enjoy weekdays beginning June 1, 2017 to July 28, 2017; Monday through Wednesday: 11AM to 3PM, and Thursday and Friday 11AM to 9PM.

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Seoul Kitchen

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Stephen Lee, owner of HVR Foods Inc. Based in Toronto, HVR Foods Inc. is a family owned company that recently launched their own brand called Seoul Kitchen that produces frozen packaged fully marinated Korean meat. As I am a huge lover of Kalbi (Korean Beef Short Ribs), I was instantly intrigued by the concept and did not hesitate to give the product a try.

Currently on the market, Seoul Kitchen has only released 2 types of Korean Meat (which I sampled both) – Korean Beef Short Ribs & Korean Spicy Chicken. These 2 frozen packaged Korean Meats are available at Nations Fresh Foods and PAT MART. Ready in 10 minutes, both the packages have clear instructions for different cooking options – barbecue/grill and stove top. Each package is approximately 1lb.

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Each package serves 2 portions and there was plenty to go around. We decided to chop a few pieces of lettuce and cook some rice to accompany our Korean Meats. Seoul Kitchen uses authentic flavours and so my highly anticipated Korean Short Ribs was exactly the way I imagined it would be. It was marinated perfectly & tasted exactly the ones you’d find at a Korean Restaurant but rather – ready at home. The Korean Spicy Chicken was also a winner. Stephen had tweaked the spiciness of the spicy chicken to a mild level for consumers that may have a lower tolerance for spicy foods.

Make sure you follow Seoul Kitchen on Facebook to see their latest updates about when the products goes on sale!

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Canada 150 @ Burger’s Priest

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of visiting Burger’s Priest for a preview of their Confederation Burger in celebration of Canada 150. The Confederation Burger is only available to the public on July 1st – while quantities last (and they sell out fast!)

The Confederation Burger is served with heaps of butter poached Nova Scotia lobster tail, sweet Canadian maple syrup, juicy premium beef patty and Ontario farmed Bacon with lettuce. I’ve visited Burger’s Priest on several occasions and found their burgers to be really consistent. I thoroughly enjoyed their confederation burger and look forward to re-visiting them again on Canada’s Day!

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Our feast @ Jacobs & Co Steakhouse

When my boss asked us to pick a restaurant for our team appreciation dinner – I did little to no research and told our group we would be eating at Jacobs & Co Steakhouse 🙂 So a few months ago (January to be exact), our team ended up at Jacobs on a random weeknight after work. The service at Jacobs was the complete opposite of what I had in mind. Servers were down to earth, super friendly and attentive. However, I did find it odd that hostess table did not offer to take any of our jackets before we were shown to our table. I noticed patrons in the dining room had their jackets hanging on the back of their chairs.

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Our waitress was incredibly friendly and helpful. Not knowing the large portions of appetizers and sides offered at Jacobs, our waitress didn’t hesitate at all to tell us we over ordered. This was definitely true – the appetizer & side portions are very large and generous. (see photos below)

Complimentary Bread to Start

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Beef Tartar ($26.00)

  • anchovy, caper, egg yolk, truffle oil

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Jacob Caesar Salad ($19.00)

  • prepared tableside

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Duck Fat French Fried Potatoes ($14.00)

  • tarragon

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Potato Gratin ($15.00)

  • Cheddar, Shallots

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Stuffed Baked Potato ($16.00)

  • Bacon, Sour Cream, Cheddar

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4oz Ribeye – Mishima Reserve Wagyu ($200.00)

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Crème Brûlée ($14.00)

  • brûléed vanilla crème with fresh berries and triple chocolate biscotti

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I was told prior to my visit that any ribeye on the menu is a must order so  I ordered the 4oz Ribeye – Mishima Reserve Wagyu and it was  incredibly tender. Every bite literally melted in my mouth especially the fatty ends of the ribeye. I started off dinner with the beef tartare – a whole chunk of it. Followed  by a caesar salad made table side that feeds two. I enjoyed the infamous caesar salad and but thought it was overhyped but nonetheless, it was a good starter. I also ordered a baked potato that took me 3 separate meals to finish. I can’t stress again that the appetizers and side dishes at Jacob’s are very generous in portions.

Overall I enjoyed my very first dining experience at Jacob’s but unfortunately this restaurant is not in my day to day budget so will probably return for a special occasion.

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