Saturday 9 December 2017

Toronto I ❤︎ Beer Holiday Festival, Toronto, ON

I went to the Toronto I ❤︎ Beer Holiday Festival today in the Queen Elizabeth Hall at Exhibition Place.  It was from 3pm to 10pm.  I along with my friends, Bruce, Christine, Darlene and Jennifer, had bought VIP tickets a couple months ago.

VIP tickets are $50 (+ applicable tax and service fees) online. Included in your ticket are 15 (4.5 oz. pour) tokens, an I ♥ BEER sampling glass and one hour early admission (2 pm).

Getting my sample glass
My friends ... Jennifer, Bruce, Christine and Darlene
Hilary of Pretty Pennie Jewellery had some fun stuff
There were some festive out
Canadian Pong
You could get your picture taken for free with Chronicle
Gord and I did!
The Society of Beer Drinking Ladies
There was lots of places to sit, which was appreciated

There were a couple food trucks and Gord and I got a burger and fries from Mustache Burger ... there were good.

Here are the beer I had ...

Forked River Brewing Company
Market Brewing Co.
Northern Maverick Brewing Co.
Hogtown Brewers
Hogtown Brewers
Side Launch Brewing Company
Shaun & Ed Brewing Co.
Ace Hill
Lake of Bays Brewing Co.
Orleans Brewing Co.
Hometown Brew Co.
Red Thread Brewing Co.

Non-drinkers could buy "DD tickets" for $15 at the door, which included a coffee mug, bottled water and bottled craft soda while quantities last.  There was actually no "bottled craft soda" at all as they had run out before this event even started ... they had run out at a previous event and hadn't stocked up.  It would have been a nice gesture had they run out to a store and picked up some cases of regular pop so non-drinkers wouldn't have had to buy their own at one of the food trucks.

Also the coat check was a bit of a mess.  I had no problem being able using this service when I got there but when we were leaving about 8pm, there was a "temporarily closed" sign for any newcomers.  The guy had no problem finding Gord's coat but I was asked to go in and find my own, even though I'd given the guy my coat check ticket.

All in all, it was a fun beer festival and I hopefully they will have it again next year, bigger and better. 

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Looks like a fun way to kick of celebrating the holidays.