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Winter Brewfest is a Winner #FreeTheBeer

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My first beer festival of the year went off without a hitch! The organizers of Winter Brewfest listened to all of the suggestions from last year and made the changes needed. Thank goodness!

Noted improvements were.....The RFID bracelets were awesome. You didn't have to carry anything except your cup. They made the cups a more reasonable size and plastic! YAY! They split up the giant keg so everyone wasn't bunched in the middle. Lines were WAY more organized.  Very few of those beers ran out on Friday night. There were also less booths there allowing for more room for people. There were lots of picnic tables AND giant Jenga. Wow!

Many of the usual suspects where there, such as Mill Street, Beau's, Brickworks, GLB and even a newcomer, Market. When I spoke to them, they said they had only been open 3 weeks! They are coming into the beer game with enthusiasm, that's for sure. Well done! Brickworks had their new Peach Cider and it was refreshing. A great summer drink! Tried…

Brew Time! Eats at Bandit Brewery

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I do love me some beer, so it's about time I start visiting some breweries, no? My first stop was Bandit Brewery. I'd been here for an event before, but wanted to go back for some new brews and tasty food. Bandit has an amazing patio that I cannot wait to visit again this summer. Until then, the cozy indoors is all we needed. Low lighting with a variety of seating, made this the perfect venue for a group of friends to kick back.
Since my first visit they had produced some new beers...one being Stouty McStoutface. I heard about it on Instagram and had to try it, not because it was a stout, but because I had to order it with a straight face. :D Best....name...ever! It was a great stout with rich coffee flavour and a dry finish. Nice!  At my first visit, I got to sample a few foods, but one I kept thinking about was their fries. The fries were addicting! Fresh cut topped with parm and herbs; so simple, so tasty. The serving size looked small until I realized I couldn't finish i…

Sustainable Dim Sum Anyone?

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Toronto City Hall was the venue of Drink Inc's Sustainable Dim Sum event. I'd never been to an event there, but it's a great space; lots of room and great lighting. The general admission and medialines were not separate, which was a little unusual, but this was a first for this event, so no big deal. The line was very long as it was soon a full house! We were given stamp cards when we arrived to get one piece at each station. We were also given a large wine glass and earth friendly chopsticks. I didn't really use the chopsticks as I would have starved! We stopped at the Muskoka Brewery for a beverage before diving in. The chefs and staff were all ready with fresh food for the taking. It smelled so good!
We tried the offerings of almost every restaurant there. You received one piece from each place. I realize it doesn't sound like a lot, but we were stuffed! My favourites

A Little KFC at Kaboom

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Can I say no to fried chicken? No, I simply can't. Off we go on another Korean fried chicken adventure, this time to Kaboom on Queen East. It's a small venue with high ceilings and big windows. Not a great location for big groups, but we did anyway....we may have taken over a little. (Apologies. :D)
We ordered almost everything on the menu. Let start with the obvious, fried chicken! The chicken was hot and fresh. The cook was trying their best to keep up with our group plus their regular customers that were streaming in. Batter was crisp, but the real flavour came from the sauce. At least the sauce explains where the name of the restaurant came from! A burst of the sweet chilli sauce sent me into a coughing fit. Oops! Didn't expect that kind of kick! A little embarrassing, but I pulled through. I'm not a spicy gal, so this is not unusual. :P
Our table ordered a bunch of side orders. The french fries that came with the chicken were not

Gastropub Grub at The Wilcox

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I had been to the Wilcox once before for drinks and I saw some tasty looking food walk by, so I had to come back. A trendy spot, it has different levels you can sit on and a glass ceiling in the bar area. The bar area has TVs on every wall and taps food love fabulous craftbrews. 
Seated in the bar loungeon a sunny day, there was lots of natural light. There was could see a balcony that overlooked this area. We ordered some craft beer; my friend went with a beer from Muskoka and I had some Side Launch. As we browsed the menu, the Wilcox Burger and Steak Frites caught my eye. A woman at the next table was just finishing her Steak Frites and highly recommended them. I was sold! My friend also thought the Wilcox Burger looked good, so that made it easy. The Steak Frites were everything I wanted. The steak was cooked to order and melted in your mouth. Just a dash of seasoning was all it had and didn't need anything else. Itwas topped with a healthy splash of chimichurri. Wow! The fries w…