Thursday, July 19, 2018
Toronto’s biggest beer festival is back again
Toronto’s Festival of Beer offered 416 different brews last year, and it’s doing the same again this round.
This year’s fest runs from July 26 to 29 at Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place and will be offering a downtown Toronto area code’s worth of local, national and international drink choices.
In addition to the normal assortment of dozens of brewery kiosks, a spotlight will be placed on Victoria, B.C.’s Phillips Brewing & Malting Co.
Thirteen breweries will try to show off their prowess with dank hops and wild yeasts in the Funk Town section.
There will be a spotlight on “Women in Beer” featuring 10 breweries and Society of Beer Drinking Ladies collaboration brews from Cowbell Brewing Co., Henderson Brewing Co., Little Beasts Brewing Co., People’s Pint Brewing Co. and London Brewing Co-Operative.
TekSavvy will present New Brews — an area dedicated to 12 newer breweries, including Tobermory Brewing Co., Power House Brewing Co., Skeleton Park Brewery and GoodLot Farmstead Brewing Co.
You’ll likely need a base for all of that beer, and you won’t be limited for food choices as La Palma, Campagnolo, Fidel Gastro's, Tiny Tom Donuts, Queen Margherita Pizza, Smoke's Poutinerie, South St. Burger, Jerk Brothers, Ted's World Famous BBQ, Ted's Beer Dogs, Heirloom Toronto, ONO Poké Bar, Melt Grilled Cheese, Ontario Corn Roasters, Oyster Boy, Hot Bunzz Street Cuizine and Brando's Fried Chicken will all be selling their wares.
Perhaps you’d like some music to accompany your drinking and eating?
I’ll be attending on opening night, as it’s usually a little less crowded and draws more discerning drinkers and fewer yahoos just out to quaff big brewery beers and wear silly hats. It will also include performances by Broken Social Scene, The Rural Alberta Advantage and The Darcys.
Hip-hop artist Ludacris will perform on Friday, cover song maestros Dwayne Gretzky will play on Saturday and you can try and recapture the ‘90s with Canadian alt.rock bands I Mother Earth and Finger Eleven on Sunday.