I had the pleasure of accompanying Grace from Food in the City Toronto to this year’s Toronto Festival of Beer (#TFOB @TOBeerFestival) held from July 22 – July 24 at the Exhibition Place. This amazing event featuring 333 different Brews and many, many food vendors was presented by the Beer Store.
It was my first time going to the beer festival and I had an amazing time there! The whole time I was there, I thought to myself: “have i been living under a rock all these years?”. This was a great way to discover new beer and sample the ones that you’ve never tried before. Some people, such as myself, like sticking to what I know, and what I like. Occasionally I will wander and try something new; but I generally like sticking to a few brand of beers that I like. I now know what I’ve been missing out on.
Upon entering the grounds, we were each handed a beer mug. Not only was this environmental friendly (since it’s re-usable), we also get to take it home after the festival as a souvenir ! Before you get too excited, make sure to purchase tokens at the tokens booth, as that is how you will pay for your beer samples. ( 1 Token = $1.00 ) Most beers cost 1 token for half a cup, 2 tokens for a whole cup.
What else was there to do other than sample tons and tons of beers? GIANT BEER PONG OF COURSE! Seriously, this was so much better than the regular-sized beer pong!
I love ice drinks. That was why I had to try this apple cider slushie. I’ve never tried/seen cider slushie before and i’m glad i tried it. It was amazing! Super light and refreshing- perfect for a hot summer day. Best part of it was that it didn’t taste diluted at all!
Other games such as giant-sized jenga.
This was an amazing and super creative way to re-use the empty cardboard boxes. This booth had people to help create your dream hat out of empty boxes. There was a guy that walked around with a giant bat on his head. What a genius way to get rid of their boxes and advertise their brand at the same time! I love this idea! Creative and eco-friendly.
There was a whole section on Swedish beer. It featured 28 brands of Swedish beer. One that stood out to me most was Dugges’ Black Current beer. It tasted super sour, almost as sour as a lemon but it was different. I’ve never had beer that tasted sour before, so this was really interesting for me.
One of my top favorites from this year’s Beer Festival. Crabbie’s Raspberry Ginger Beer!
Bigg Macc Grilled Cheese – ground beef, Mac n ‘ Cheese, bright brand aged cheddar & secret sauce
This grilled cheese sandwich tasted amazing after trying beer after beer. Make sure not to drink on an empty stomach! Stop by the many food vendors and fill up before chugging more beer!
I had such a fun experience at this year’s Beer Festival. There were live music, games, food and alcohol. What could be more fun?! Not only that, I also got to learn and sample all these different brews of beer. It was really well organized and we didn’t have to wait long to get our beers or food. I can’t wait for next year’s Beer Fest; in the main time, let me stock up on some of my new favorites at the beer store! =)
Parking: no need to look for green P. There’s parking on site for $15.