Founded in 1995, Toronto’s Festival of Beer – or Beer Fest, was originally held at the historic Fort York, but it has been moved to Exhibition Place since 2009. It’s a bigger location to support a loyal following garnered over the last 15 years. Despite the large space, organizers have no problem filling the grounds with recognized breweries from across Canada and around the world.
Here are 5 top breweries definitely worth checking out at Beer Fest 2010:
-Trafalgar Ales and Meads
-McClelland Premium Imports
-Creemore Springs Brewery
-Innis & Gunn
-Black Oak Brewing Company
Beer neutralists – even haters – need not worry. You can still eat and drink well on your visit to such hallowed ground. Try ciders, coolers and other non-malt drinks available for you to enjoy at the festival. You’ll also find a countless number of saliva-inducing offerings to experience. From unbelievable barbecue to ethnic dishes to unreal corn on the cob, you’re sure to pass the time with a smile and a full belly.
During your visit, be sure to try:
Ted Reader’s World Famous BBQ – it’s famous because it’s delicious!
Ontario Corn Roasters – the best corn on the cob you’ve ever tasted!
La Poutine Machine – enough said!
If you’re a beer lover, prepare for an experience not unlike a small child being let loose in a candy store, allowed to taste EVERYTHING! The only challenge is deciding what to try first.
While it has become pricier over the years – tickets now cost $40-$50 – Beer Fest is still worth marking on your calendar. After all, who can argue with a festival catering to the beer lover?
Thursday Aug. 5, 2010 4-10pm/$50
Friday Aug.6, 2010 4-10pm/$50
Saturday Aug. 7, 2010 1-7pm/$40
Sunday Aug. 8, 2010 1-7pm/$40
A tip: Crowds tend to be much larger on the Saturday and Sunday. If you can swing it, consider going during the week.
Don’t wait, tickets sold out months in advance for last year’s festival.
For more information, visit http://www.beerfestival.ca.
Please drink responsibly and take the TTC.