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CULTURE: Iceland has been making the headlines lately because of a looming financial crisis, but those concerns are being set aside this week for A Taste of Iceland, a four-day celebration of the Atlantic island nation’s cuisine, music, art, and culture. Thorarinn Eggertsson (aka Chef Thor), owner and head chef of Reykjavik’s Orange restaurant, has teamed up with the Drake’s executive chef Anthony Rose to create an Icelandic-inspired menu that includes specialty cocktails and dishes featuring ingredients—think gray duck, reindeer, or salted cod—sourced locally in Iceland. Other festival highlights include performances by Icelandic folk-rocker Mugison, free screenings of the films Country Wedding and Reykjavik Rotterdam, and an installation by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), March 17–20.
KIDS: March Break fun continues today with Small Print, the literary event series aimed at pint-sized bookworms. Today’s event, The Small Print Tot Studio: Fantastic Journeys Day, will keep young minds and bodies active through story and song with children’s authors, illustrators, and musicians. Laurel Croza and Matt James (I Know Here) and Patricia Storms (The Pirate And The Penguin) will engage little ones with readings, hands-on activities, and a theatrical performance, while folk trio Bellwoods Trinity will provide entertainment with a special set of Celtic music. The event is suitable for children ages 2–8. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West); doors at 9:30 a.m.; adults $5, children $3, and non-walkers FREE.
GARDENING: Spring is being ushered in by Canada Blooms, the largest floral and horticultural event in Canada. Visitors will be able to stroll through six acres of landscaped gardens, visit the Canadian Cancer Society’s Yellow Beacon garden, shop for gardening accessories and plants at the marketplace, and participate in a variety of seminars and workshops with gardening experts. Tonight’s opening party will feature Irish music and dancing in honour of St. Patrick’s Day. You have until Sunday to check out this festival of flora, which is now in its fourteenth year. Direct Energy Centre (100 Princes’ Boulevard), 10 a.m.–8 p.m., $14–18. Purchase tickets online using the code DAFFODIL and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society.
SPORTS: Outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice in the offerings of the sixty-third annual Toronto Sportsmen’s Show, which is on through Sunday. Four hundred exhibitors will be on-hand to demonstrate the latest and greatest in camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, canoeing, and boating gear and accessories. There will also be an Outdoor Adventure Zone with kayaking, rock climbing, rafting, the All-Star Dog Show, the Birds of Prey exhibit, and a giant casting pond. Metro Toronto Convention Centre (255 Front Street West); 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; adults $11–17 or $5 after 5 p.m., children FREE.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Everyone is Irish today! Take a stroll down the street to see sign boards advertising live music, green beer, and Irish grub, or check out one of several comprehensive guides for what’s going on around town.