[GIVEAWAY] Toronto Festival of Beer’s Spring Sessions

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Toronto’s Festival of Beer (TFoB) announced its new Spring Sessions festival slated for March. Because who needs to wait until summer for an ice cold brew?

The Spring Sessions will take place at the Evergreen Brickworks on Friday March 28 and Saturday March 29. The entire area will be filled top to bottom with ales, lagers and ciders from some of Toronto’s top craft brewers: Left Field Brewery, Mill Street, Steam Whistle, Great Lakes and Brickworks Ciderhouse.

With entrance fee a measly $30 and providing you with 5 sampler tickets and a mug, it’s a weekend date that can’t be missed. To date, the Saturday session is sold out. But fear not, our fellow Fat Girl Food Squad readers! We have tickets… to give away… for free.

As mentioned, we are giving away 1-pair of tickets to the FRIDAY MARCH 28 date of Spring Session. So how do you enter?

1) Like Fat Girl Food Squad on Twitter or Facebook.

2) Tweet the following: Spring is here & I want beer! @FatGrlFoodSquad, please send me to the @TOBeerFestival Spring Session! #FGFSlovesSpringSession

3) This contest will run from Friday March 21, 2014 until Tuesday March 25, 2014. We will announce all the giveaway winners via our Twitter and Facebook, so check back there!

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[CONTEST] – Cask Days Are Ahead!

Cask Days 2013

 

Let’s admit it, Toronto is a city that loves its beer. We have numerous  festivals dedicated to beer and craft beer, but one that is largely unique is happening October 19 and 20, 2013 at the Evergreen Brickworks: Cask Days.

 

The family behind Bar Volo have taken the festival Cask Days and made into one of Toronto 9th annual premiere festival for craft beers. First up, the festival will feature over 200 cast conditioned ales from over 100 Canadian microbreweries. If that didn’t tickle your fancy, 36 beers from the UK and international breweries from across the world are being highlighted to demonstrate the roots of “real ale”.

 

Beyond the amazing lineup of beer, Cask Days has lined up an array of on-site workshops, music and some delicious food vendors including: Bar Isabel, Parts and Labor, Ceili Cottage, Hogtown Smoke and more.

 

Cask Days 2013 will host over 4000 people two days, will you be one of them? Well you could be! Fat Girl Food Squad is giving away a pair of tickets to Sunday October 20, 2013 portion of the festival.

 

The contest runs from Friday  October 11th and closes on Thursday October 17 at 5PM EST.  Winners will be notified of their win 24 hours after contest close.

 

Contest Rules:

  1. Like Fat Girl Food Squad on FaceBook
  2. Follow Cask Days on Twitter
  3. Tweet the following: I’m a beer geek @FatGrlFoodSquad! Send me to the 2013 @CaskDays! #FGFSandCASKDAYS

New Outdoor Festival Alert – CraveTO

Toronto loves a good outdoor festival. We have to soak in as much sun as we can in that little window called Summer. So welcome your newest outdoor fest CraveTOwith open arms. This one has everything you could ask for: food trucks (check!), craft beer (check!), DJs (check!).

This Friday will be the first of what we hope is many CraveTO events. Local food trucks will include FGFS faves Buster’s Sea Cove, Fidel Gastro, Food Dudes, and Seven Lives Tacos. And special guest Manual Labour Coffee! Suds provided by all your best pals at  Amsterdam, Black Oak, Cameron’s, Great Lakes, Kensington, Hogtown, Mill St., Nickelbrook, Spearhead and Wellington.

All this is taking place at the open-air green urban living playground that is Evergreen Brickworks. A true gem on Toronto’s landscape. Sounds like bliss to us!

Oh, but then there’s the tunes! DJs Sumation, Sean Roman, Mike Gleeson and Bounce will keep you afloat through the night.

If you’re like us you’re chopping at the bit to get out there. Over 700 tickets have already been sold it’s going to be an intimate affair for Toronto food lovers. You should probably get yours now.

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#PictureLessHunger: Supporting the Salvation Army

Squad Leader Ama is guilty of Instagraming food

With the increasing popularity and normalization of Social Media into our day-to-day lives food photography has become a growing trend. A tendency to glamorize and share our meals probably extends as far back as the rise of the blogging. From step-by-step recipe instructions to full on editorial spreads, images of food are a central and often expected part of our lives.

Some people don’t understand it. Some feel the need to go so far as to call it a disorder. It’s like most things where one section of the population is fascinated and transfixed and the others just stand by and name call. (The Squad is 100% guilty of food picture taking 85% of the time.)

But listen to this you food loving bleeding hearts. There’s a new initiative from theSalvation Army that allows diners in Toronto the opportunity to affect real change in the world. Picture Less Hunger asks Canadians dining out at select Toronto eateries to tweet, Instagram and Facebook their meal along with a statement of support for the Salvations Army’s efforts to lessen hunger for all Canadians. Patrons can also, at their discretion, have a $2 donation to the Salvation Army added to their bill. Additionally, there is a Donate Now option on the Picture Less Hunger site.

Cafe Belong Menu snapped by FourSquare user kel P.

One of the 15 restaurants participating in the weeklong initiative is Café Belong located at the Evergreen Brick Works.  Café Belong Owner and Chef Brad Long, one of Canada’s most acclaimed chefs and toughest food critics, was one of the first to commit to the Picture Less Hunger project. “Everyday I notice groups of people taking photos of their food and sharing it through social media,” said Chef Long.

Chef Long captures the simplicity and genius of the program by saying, “it turns the simple act of taking a photo into a chance to spread some good, and I have no doubt our staff and valued guests will be on board.”

FGFS Lead Photographer Yuli is also way guilty of Instagraming her food. 

So you can plan you visits, here are the other restaurants participating in #picturelesshunger:

  •        Caplansky’s Delicatessen 356 College St
  •        Fancy Franks 326 College St
  •        Insomnia 563 Bloor St
  •        Jules Bistro 147 Spadina Ave
  •        KO Burger 366 Bloor St
  •        L’Avenue Bistro 1568 Bayview Ave
  •        Lou Dawg’s B-B-Q 589 King St W & 76 Gerrard St E
  •        Lucien 36 Wellington St E
  •        North of Brooklyn Pizza 650 ½ Queen W
  •        Puck N Wings 362 Bloor St W
  •        Sweet Lulus 859 Queen St W & 350 Bay St
  •        The Firkin On King 461 King St W
  •        The Mad Bean Coffee House 519 Ave W
  •        The King’s Table 793 St W
  •        Toni Bulloni 156 Cumberland St

Access to good, nutritious and healthy food is a cause close to the heart of all Fat Girl Food Squad members. We encourage you to participate. Tag your images with#PictureLessHunger and say a few words about your support for what the Salvation Army does to bring dignity and basic necessities to some of the most marginalized people in communities across Canada.