Today: the Grate Canadian Grilled Cheese Cook-Off, Yiddish and Contra dance worlds collide, and the 3-Day Novel Contest gears up for another heavily-caffeinated year.
FOOD: Being cheesier than everyone else is rarely the goal, unless you’re one of four chefs competing in today’s Grate Canadian Grilled Cheese Cook-Off. Jason Bangerter (Oliver & Bonacini Luma and Canteen Restaurants, Toronto), Ned Bell (Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver), Michael Howell (The Tempest, Nova Scotia), and Liana Robberecht (Petroleum Club, Calgary) will each concoct two grilled cheese recipes in hopes of pleasing a panel of expert food writers and securing the title of “gratest” grilled cheese chef. CNE Direct Energy Centre, Hall A (100 Princes’ Boulevard), 11 a.m., FREE with admission to the CNE.
BOOKS: The 3-Day Novel Contest is celebrating 35 years of literary insanity with a launch for last year’s winner, Kayt Burgess’ Heidegger Stairwell, and the kickoff of this year’s contest. This event also serves as a Q&A and registration for those who wish to sign up for 72 hours of writer’s block, sleep deprivation, caffeine overdoses, and, oh, a chance to be published! Victory Cafe (581 Markham Street), 7–9:30 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Get your dancing shoes on and prepare for worlds to collide as Contra folk dance is set to Yiddish music at the Klezmer Contra Dance, as part of the Ashkenaz Festival. Two Contra sets will be led by popular caller Bev Bernbaum, with one set of traditional Yiddish dance led by Avia Moore. Celtic and Klezmer music will be provided by Christian Dawid (clarinet), Neil Pearlman (piano), Mitia Khramtsov (violin), and Zheka Lizin (poyk). 918 Bathurst (918 Bathurst Street), 8–11 p.m., $10.
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