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Barrels used in production for the wine-tasting fundraiser at the Fermenting Cellar tonight. Photo courtesy of Environmental Defence.
Today’s Urban Planner is all about indulging in food and drink: start off your day with healthy food at a farmers’ market; spend your night tasting the city’s finest beers, wines, and chocolates; and don’t forget to book your table at the upcoming Summerlicious.
MARKET: Start your day off on the right foot by picking up some healthy fruits and veggies at the Farmers’ Market at Mel Lastman Square. The outdoor air and smell of fresh produce might do you some good. The market runs every Thursday until October 27. Mel Lastman Square (5100 Yonge Street), 7 a.m.–2:30 p.m., FREE.
PUB CRAWL: The fact that it’s Ontario Craft Beer Week, running until June 25, means we’re not just going out to get drunk, but also to learn the finer art of beer tasting. Tonight, the second annual Toronto Pub Crawl will be hosted by two industry experts: Cass Enright, founder of The Bar Towel, The Brewery Market, and the Golden Tap Awards, and Troy Burtch, of TAPS The Beer Magazine, creator/publisher of the Great Canadian Beer Blog, and co-founder of Toronto Beer Week (TBW). Enright will start the night leading beer fans on an informative pub crawl in the west end of the city, heading east, while Burtch will do the same for another group in the east end, heading west. At the end of the night, the two groups will meet at the Victory Café (581 Markham Street) to discuss their findings on beer in Toronto. Various locations (see website for details), 6 p.m. start, FREE to attend (plus cost of beer).
BEER PAIRINGS: For those who like beer and also have a sweet tooth, tonight there will be a women-only workshop taught by a cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier) on how to pair beer with chocolate. The event is run by Barley’s Angels and, of course, there will be beer and chocolates for sampling! Highway 61 (1620 Bayview Avenue), 6 p.m., $20.
FUNDRAISER: If wine is more your style, then check out the Wine Bluff for Environmental Defence, where wine is handed out for sampling and an expert panel will either truthfully describe the complexities of the wine or bluff their way through it. Guests are invited to guess which is accurate. The event is hosted by comedian Seàn Cullen, and all proceeds go to support Environmental Defence, an organization dedicated to inspiring change for a greener, healthier future. The Fermenting Cellar (55 Mill Street), 7 p.m., $150.
DINING OUT: Summerlicious, the city’s annual warm-weather culinary festival, starts on July 8 and runs until July 24. This time there are 15 additions to the usual participating restaurants for the prix fixe dining event, including Blu Ristorante (17 Yorkdale Avenue) and LUMA (Bell Tiff Lightbox, 350 King Street West). Reservations can be submitted as of today at individual restaurants, so start booking now as seats are often snatched up fast! Various locations and times. $15–$45.