Tasting Night!! – Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019

On Thursday, April 4th, from 6pm-8pm, enjoy a self-guided wine and craft beer tour along Queen Street with a complimentary tasting from our seven participating businesses. Take a walk through Riverside and get to know local business owners while discovering new spaces. 

Get your Passport for the night! A map with all the locations participating and take notes for each tasting! 
Download it here!

Here is the list where you’ll find pourings! Stop by, try the best regional wines and don’t miss the chance to order directly from the producers!

Riverside Tasting Night_Map

The festival passport will showcase all of the participating businesses on the tour as well, include a detailed description of what each spot will be pouring. You can pick up a festival passport at any of the Tasting Night Locations and bring it with you throughout the night. 

Check out some photos from last years Tasting Night Market on Riverside! 

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018

*These tastings are complimentary but there is a suggested donation of $5-10, all proceeds support the Ralph Thornton Centre’s children’s programming.

Enjoy Responsibly!!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, sponsored by Hullmark, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Introducing: The Wineries & Breweries of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest is an annual week-long celebration of wine and craft beer paired with local food and shopping. From April 2nd-6th beer & wine lovers will be able to take part in the 5th annual Wine & Craft Beer Fest. 

We are excited to have Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy as our sponsors for the 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, while supported by our festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co, Saulter Street BreweryToronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

Riversides participating restaurants will be hosting a variety of drink specials and prix fixe dinners throughout the week. Restaurants such as Ruby Watchco is partnering up with local brewery Saulter Street Brewery for a four-course paired dinner special. 

Learn more about this year participating local breweries and Ontario wineries:

Eastbound Brewing Co. 

Eastbound Brewing Co joined the Riverside neighbourhood back in 2017. The husband and wife team, Dave Lee, the brewmaster and Tara Lee, head chef, believe that the perfect recipe for a good time is: good beer, paired with good food and good people. Dave and Tara embrace their Riverside roots and their goal is to make everyone feel like a local when they come into Eastbound Brewing Co. 

We are pleased to have Eastbound Brewing Co back as a partner for the Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest for the second year in a row. They are providing tasty finger food to go with all our tastings and of course, plenty of beer for you to sample. So, if you ever got overwhelmed by their number of options at their brewpub, come check them all!

Craft beers that Eastbound will feature during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019 include:

  • Hidden Lake, German Hefeweizen | 5.7% ABV
  • Midnight Cow Tipper, Milk Stout | 4.5% ABV
  • Revealed Constellations, SMASH (single malt single hop) Session IPA | 4.4% ABV
  • Basecamp, Belgian Saison | 6.0% ABV
  • and possibly other surprises… 

RSVP for all the details and to get a taste of Eastbound’s amazing craft beers and bites on offer at the following festival events and activities:

  • April 2nd Craft Beer Talk & Tasting @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre
  • April 4th Tasting Night Market: Eastbound Brewing Co @ Switchback Cyclery
  • April 4th Tasting Night Market: Eastbound Brewing Co @ Eastbound Brewing Co
  • April 6th Expo @ Ralph Thornton Community Centre

Saulter Street Brewery

Saulter Street Brewery joined the Riverside community in 2016 and is founded by John Sterling. Saulter Street Brewery calls Riverside home and even created a specialty beer after it called the Riverside Copper Pilsner.  Because the Saulter Street Brewery enjoys experimenting so much that they use small batches and come up with unique flavours that can only be found at their onsite tap room. 

We are very excited to have Saulter Street Brewery as a Wine & Craft Fest again partner this year! Come check all their Riverside pride with us!! 

 Closson Chase

Founded in 1998, Closson Chase is based out of Prince Edward Island and has helped spearhead the PEI wine industry. Closson Chase applies century old traditions to their Chardonnay, Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris grapes while applying innovative techniques. Closson Chase has always been passionate about advocating and applying sustainable practices with their work. Closson Chase has a winery site located in Hillier, Ontario and in 2015 Closson Chase introduced two new wines to their collection. 

The Grange

The Grange is a family-run 600-acre farm in Prince Edward County. The Granger family who runs it is drenched in the history of Canadian pioneers: their estate has been a working farm for two hundred years. After daughter Maggie returned to her parent’s farm in 2001 the old farm would never be the same, rather it would be transformed into a beautiful vineyard. 16 years later, the Grange offers many excellent varieties including chardonnay, pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, gamay, pinot noir, and cabernet franc.

Craft beers that Eastbound will feature during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019 include:

  • Grange of Prince Edward Almanac White VQA | 12.4% ABV | $16.95
  • Grange of Prince Edward Almanac Red VQA | 13.5% ABV| $18.95
    Maybe something bubbly, be sure to check come check them out!!

Three Dogs

John and Sacha Square began planting vines for Three Dogs back in 2000, managing a full-time job and only working on the vineyard on the weekend, they decided to make a big leap and head to the countryside in 2003. Although John and Sacha had their challenges and drawbacks, they made the decision to jump into the winery business with two feet and haven’t looked back. John and Sacha see Three Dogs as a community gathering spots and to create a space where artists and farmers, craftsman, can come and set up their wares and offer our space for free to share the “Bounty of the County”.

Broken Stone

Broken Stone is a family made winery that began with three hayfields in Prince Edward County back in 2009. Tim and Micheline Kuepfer decided to build a small building in 2012 and gain the necessary licences to create the wine and from there Broken Stone Winery was born. 

Trail Estate 

The Sproll family embarked on their wine journey in 2011 when they fell in love with Trail’s 14-acre property. No stranger to hard work, the family had just retired from running a successful bakery for 30 years when they decided to start their own winery. Dedicated to producing truly compelling terroir-driven wines of uncompromising quality and rich character, the Sproll family promises that no two wines are ever the same. Each wine tells the story of the site and vintage with unabashed honesty and freshness.

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2019: WHAT’S ON?

Riverside is kicking off spring with our 5th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest that will take place from Tuesday, April 2nd to Saturday, April 6th. Get to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces while enjoying Ontario wines and local craft beers – all in local Riverside venues. The 2019 five-day festival is made up of a variety of events that include wine/beer tastings, demonstrations, prix fixe dinners, and giveaways! 

This year’s festival sponsors are Hullmark and Bentall Kennedy and supported by our festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co, Saulter Street BreweryToronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.


Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest

Riverside’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest is a busy week filled with events and venues throughout the neighbourhood. Here we have put together what will be going on in Riverside from April 2nd to April 6th. 

To start the week off join Voula Halliday at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre for FREE beer tasting and talks from local brewers Eastbound Brewing Co and Saulter Street Brewery. While enjoying some local beer and learning from Voula how to pair it with your favourite meals be sure to browse the books set out by the Queen/Saulter Street Library. To learn more about this event be sure to read a full blog post here.

If you are looking for somewhere to eat Tuesday night, Il Ponte Cucina Italiana is offering half-priced bottles of wine with your dinner. If you are looking for something lighter then head over to the Eastbound Brewing Co and enjoy $5 mussels and $5 pints. Be sure to take advantage of Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine free corkage special on Tuesdays while enjoying a delicious meal.

If you are looking for something a little more unique, Ruby Watchco is hosting a Wine Pairing Dinner in their private dining space on April 2nd from 7-10pm. Tickets are $125 and can be reserved online here. To learn more about this event check out the event page here

Eastbound Brewing Co. (gathered from website)

April 3rd is flight night on Riverside. Participating restaurants will have drink specials and prixe fixe dinners available for everyone. You can enjoy $1 an ounce wine at the Peasant Table during dinner time or grab a ticket to Ruby Watchco’s Beer Pairing dinner and see how executive Chef Lora Kirk pairs Riverside’s own Saulter Street Brewery together for a 4-course family-style dinner. Grab your tickets here!

The Peasant Table (gathered from website gallery)

Next up is Riverside’s Free Tasting Night Market along Queen Street East. Enjoy a self-guided tour from 6pm-8pm in any order you prefer. Be sure to grab your FREE ticket on our Eventbrite page here! And end off the night with a half priced bottle of wine at Jasper Dandy on April 4th. 

On Friday Blood Brothers Brewing are taking over the taps at Ill Be Seeing You all day!! Be sure to stop by and try something new or grab dinner at White Lily Diner and enjoy half-priced wine with your meal.

Ill Be Seeing You (gathered from website)

Saturday, April 6th is Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest EXPO that is taking place at the Ralph Thornton Centre. Connect with people while tasting delicious Ontario wines and craft beer. The expo will have vendors of all sorts, a silent auction and educational talks. Come by from 2pm-5pm for a fun afternoon of beer, talks and tastings. 

Wherever you decide to check out be sure to tag @riverside_bia in your photos or hashtag #winecraftbeerfest and #RiversideTO


Check out this year’s Wine & Craft Beer Fest events here.

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Queen Garden Centre- Riverside Business Profile Series

Riverside Business Profile Series

Queen Garden Centre

Jordan at Queen Garden Centre in Riverside says dream gardens and zen spaces are all about being one with nature. Awareness of soil quality, understanding of sun exposure, and practice with plants, in general, make the perfect garden.

Riverside tea (1)

“People continually come to us with this goal in mind, and we love assisting clients in that process,” says Jordan, noting all employees have a strong foundation in plant identification, garden maintenance, and landscape design.

“We sincerely try our best to help navigate people through any issues that they are experiencing,” he says. “All our staff has a love for gardens and we hope that passion shines through when we interact with the public.”

In addition to plant sales, on-site consultations, and garden installations – from greening up small balconies to and sprucing up backyards – Queen Garden Centre also specializes in tree planting and delivers/installs trees all over the city.

Jordan says the idea to open a garden centre in Riverside has been in the works for a while. However, it wasn’t until 2015, when the parking lot at the corner Queen and Saulter became available with Nick Sweetman’s barely dry pollinator mural as the backdrop. The timing couldn’t have been better, he says.


Karen Lloyd from Riverside

Karen Lloyd is a writer, photographer and website designer in Toronto’s Riverside neighbourhood. This blog is part of the series giving you the inside scoop on Riverside, Toronto. Read other blogs in the series: Riverside PatiosPlaces to Stay in RiversideBrunch SpotsHealth & Wellness in Riverside,  Kid-Friendly RiversideEvent & Catering SpotsRiverside ChefsSelf-Care in RiversideIt’s Easy Being Green in RiversideThe Dirt on Gardening in RiversideEat Around the World in Riverside, and Saying ‘I Do’ East of the Don.

Welcome to Riverside: Animal Liberation Kitchen

Riverside neighbourhood could not be more excited to have a 100% vegan restaurant again! 

ALK Riverside

In a soft opening format, Animal Liberation Kitchen (ALK) opened its doors for the first time, Thursday, March 14th. It’s a family-run business used of doing farmers markets and events and festivals, now they have a place to call their own, and that’s 717 1/2 Queen St East! 

ALK Riverside

The ALK menu will be filled with vegan and organic food options that include a great selection of nutritious smoothies, pressed juices, comfort food, daily soup and stews, grain salads and sandwiches. Not only is the food packed with nutrients, but it also convenient for those on the go.

ALK Riverside

They are committed to bringing you affordable vegan options. According to Tania, the owner, “at Animal Liberation Kitchen, our goal is not to pressure people into feeling guilty about eating meat; we simply intend to offer a healthy and tasty alternative.”

Make sure to follow them on all social media channels to check all the new happenings!

Instagram: animal.liberation.kitchen


Twitter: animalLkitchen