Spotlight On: Toronto Festival of Beer

This weekend brings us one of the city’s time-honoured traditions – the Toronto Festival of Beer. In anticipation of the big event, let’s take a look back at Beerfests gone by.

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We at The Roaming Life first attended way back in 2014. In its 19th year, already TFOB was well established and drawing crowds. Now we’re at year 22 and there’s no slowing down. Taking over the CNE grounds, it draws in beer lovers from far and wide.

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We were dazzled by the sheer volume of vendors to choose from, and the incredible variety of styles on tap. When I think about how many gallons of beer must flow during these three days every year, it is staggering.

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The breweries go all out, providing their classics as well as unique tastes brewed just for the festival.

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The festival also manages to tread very carefully through the Micro vs Macro beer wars. Craft and indie beers have a great presence, and if you’re a beer tourist like me you’ll find something new to love every time. But if you just want to get out in the sun and party with your friends, then the big boys always show you a good time.

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And the food! I never have to worry about whether I’ll get a good meal at the festival – the culinary options are always off the hook. The food stalls are also my fav pro-tip: they’ll trade you cash for tokens, which can save you a lot of time in the lines.

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What I probably love most about this festival though is the fans. The sheer enthusiasm for beer is contagious, and the day is always a chill and happy one.

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And since it’s summer you can’t have beer without tasty BBQ, so the Grilling Tent exists to entertain, inform, and make everything even better.

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And last but not least – the entertainment! Beerfest has consistently pulled in major headliners, and this year is no exception. 2017 attendees will experience Alan Doyle & The Beautiful Gypsies, Method Man and Redman, and Sloan!

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So if you haven’t already purchased your ticket I warn that they are almost completely sold out, so don’t take the chance of waiting! You won’t want to miss the opportunity to have been there, on the best beer days of the summer. Cheers!