Monday, June 25, 2012

Music and Events at Toronto’s Upcoming Festival of Beer

Even though I cannot drink (and so won't be sampling any of the over 200 labels on parade), the Festival of Beer in Ontario's capital has tons of other stuff to do - I cannot wait to go!

First of all, there's a grilling tent (sponsored by Napoleon) featuring Chef Ted Reader. Not only will he and his "friends" be sharing great grilling tips, but they'll show you how to keep your grill clean and keep it the perfect summer cooker. Other fabulous local chefs scheduled to appear on the grilling stage are Matty Matheson of Parts & Labour and a guest on Top Chef Canada (Season 2, Ep. 4), Rodney Bowers of Hey Meatball and Food Network's The Delinquent Gourmet, Rob Rainford of Food Network's License to Grill, Joe Levesque of the International Centre, Craig Harding of Campagnolo, and Mark Cutrara of Cowbell Restaurant.

Then, of course, they have the Brewmaster's Dinners. Each of these are at a different restaurant in the city and feature a special menu that evening focusing on the beer being served that event. So far, these Dinners are:

July 10 @ Oyster Boy featuring Propeller Brewery
July 16 @ Wvrst
July 17 @ Barque Smokehouse featuring Brasserie McAuslan Brewery
TBA @ The Monk's Table

For the non-drinkers or -foodies out there (horrors!) there is an amazing musical line-up at the Bandshell Park as well. With good food, good beer, lots to learn and tunes to enjoy it all by, it's promising to be quite the event!

More information on the musical line-up, tickets and dates is in the media release below. You can also follow Toronto’s Festival of Beer on Twitter @TOBeerFestival, Like it on Facebook and get tickets (and extra information) at

MEDIA RELEASE: Toronto’s Festival of Beer Announces World-Class Music Lineup
June 20, 2012

(TORONTO, ONTARIO) – It’s back! Toronto’s Festival of Beer is celebrating its 18th Anniversary and doing it better than ever.  This three-day event, celebrating everything great about beer, will see thousands of eager patrons descend upon Bandshell Park at Exhibition Place to celebrate the malty beverage.

From connoisseurs to thirsty beer drinkers, Toronto’s Festival of Beer offers a world of options. True to form, the Festival will bring an all-new musical line-up, and will host musicians from a wide range of genres. In short, whether it’s in the beer or the music, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is sure to have something for everyone.

Friday will be headlined by Grammy Award-winning artists Salt-N-Pepa, with other musical acts including Kreesha Turner, D-sisive, My Son the Hurricane and Michie Mee

On Saturday, the musical mash-up continues with July Talk setting the stage for headlining act Gentleman Husbands. Hailing from Cobourg, Ont., this young, energetic band says their “spastic and lively sets leave audiences in a daze.”  Other acts include Emerson Street Rhythm Band, Taj Weeks, Brett Caswell and the Marquee Rose.

The Festival wraps up Sunday on a high note with more great bands such as Hollerado, Detroit Rock City All-stars, Frank Ryan and the day’s headliner — Big Wreck!

Canada’s largest beer festival has more to offer than just terrific musical acts. The Festival will hold a number of exciting events throughout all three days. Be sure to check out the Napoleon Grilling Tent featuring some of the top culinary artists in the Greater Toronto Area and their meat creations — whether cured, smoked or grilled fresh. The Festival will also be teaming up with Niagara College’s Teaching Brewery to offer knowledgeable sessions with brewmasters and experts from around the country.

Tickets for Toronto’s Festival of Beer sell out in advance every year — this year is no exception as July 28th is already sold out. Tickets for the Festival can be purchased online at Tickets for each day are $38.50 with the ability to Hoptimize your experience for an extra $10. Hoptimizing your ticket will gain you early access to the Festival and 5 extra sample tokens. This is a 19+ event.

For more information about this year’s Toronto’s Festival of Beer, please visit
Toronto’s Festival of Beer is a celebration of Canada’s rich brewing history, showcasing experts of the brewing craft from around the world. Featuring more than 200 brands, Toronto’s Festival of Beer is Canada’s premier celebration of the golden beverage. The festival takes place July 27-29 at Bandshell Park in Exhibition Place, Toronto.

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