Big thanks to Jason Friesen Mortgage: Our 2018 Riverside Wine Craft Beer Fest Co-Sponsor!

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hullmark and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

The Riverside BIA is pleased to work with event co-sponsor Jason Friesen Mortgage! Jason Friesen and his team have been great supporters of Riverside community events, most recently as the Santa Sponsor for the 2017 Riverside Antler Breakfast. We were happy to take this opportunity to catch up with Jason and help share his story:

What do you love about Riverside-what do you feel makes this area unique?

Jason: I love Riverside because the area has a lot of diversity and a great energy about it. It’s still very much an up and coming neighbourhood, so you have a great mix of the old and new all living and working in the area. It has a great energy to it. 

Why did you decide to sponsor this event and how does it connect to you?

Jason:  Since moving my business into the neighbourhood in 2015, I have gotten to know several great people who both live and work in the area and like to give back any way I can. Anything that brings more visitors into the area bars, pubs, restaurants and breweries benefits the community as a whole. I really like how this area is becoming a destination for evenings and weekends. The selection of options for food and drink are pretty great in the area.

Throwback to Riverside antler Breakfast 2017 when Jason Friesen Mortgage was Santa Sponsor – Left to right: Jason Friesen with Jennifer Lay, Riverside BIA Executive Director

 

What’s your favourite thing about the work you do?

Jason: I love coming to work every day and helping my clients realize their dreams of home ownership. It’s a pretty rewarding feeling to be a big part of such an important financial decision. 

Big thanks to Jason Friesen Mortgage for all their support in the business community!

Come meet them at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest – get all the details of the festival and RSVP!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest: Get a Taste of What’s to Come at the EXPO April 7th!

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hullmark and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

The festival’s end of week signature celebration is the FREE community EXPO hosted at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre* (765 Queen Street East, 2nd & 3rd floor) on Saturday, April 7th from 2pm to 5pm. The EXPO is your chance to taste and order select Ontario wines straight from award winning PEC (Prince Edward County) and NWR (Niagara Wine Region) wineries, plus meet & greet with and get a taste of local Riverside breweries! But there’s so much more to see and do at the EXPO, here’s a look at the activities on tap:

What’s Happening on the 2nd Floor:

Experience complimentary tastings with Ontario wineries including Three Dog Winery, Black Prince Winery, 13th Street Winery, The Grange of Prince Edward, Broken Stone Winery, plus local Riverside breweries Eastbound Brewing Co and Saulter Street Brewery

Enjoy Live music by the Stuart Brignell Acoustic Trio, comprised of seasoned players hailing from the Riverside and Beaches neighbourhoods!

Stuart Brignell Acoustic Trio at Open house at Jam Factory. Photos by Diego Moura photography

 

Bid on Silent Auction items from Riverside Businesses and Partners including White Lily Diner, Saulter St Brewery, Eastbound Brewing Co, The Peasant Table, il ponte, La Carnita, Prohibition, Tabule, Toronto Food Tours, Chi Junky Yoga & Wellness, and Sausage Party!

Get tasty $5 bites from our local pop-up food vendors including il ponte Cucina Italiana and Kaboom Chicken!

Kimchee RiceBalls from Kaboom Chicken

 

Check out original art works on the walls by local artists from the Artists’ Network, including Nancy Bennett, Penny Griffin, and Leo Baduria.

What’s Happening On the 3rd Floor:

Enjoy Cooking Demos featuring wine and craft beer by Toronto Food Tours and local Riverside chefs at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.

Get Educated with Talks by craft beer and Ontario wine experts at 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm:

  • 2:30pm: Brewers Talk & Tasting by Eastbound Brewery and Saulter St Brewery.
  • 3:30pm: Winemakers Talk by Three Dog Winery Owner John Squair.
  • 4:30pm: Beer and cheese pairing talk with Prud’homme Master Sommelier Matt Sieradzki. While many people believe that wine and cheese are the perfect pairing, they have yet to try beer and cheese! Certified Prud’homme Master Sommelier and Beer Educator Matt will take you through various selections of cheese and craft beer and will show you just how great this pairing can be.

    Prud’homme Master Sommelier Matt Sieradzki

Make sure to check out all the details of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest (Apr 3rd-7th) and RSVP!

While entry to this amazing event is free, there is a suggested donation at the door of $5-$10 in support of Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s children’s programming.

*DISCLAIMER: Due to a delay in the Ralph Thornton Centre’s Elevator Modernization Project, the 2nd and 3rd Floors will only be accessible by stairs. We apologize for this, and if you have any questions please contact the Ralph Thornton Community Centre at (416) 392-6810

Thanks to Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hallmark: 2018 Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest Co-Sponsor!

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hallmark and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

The Riverside BIA is proud to work with event co-sponsor Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hallmark. Long-time supporters of other great Riverside programming such as Riverside Walks and the Riverside Antler Breakfast, Team Sheppard RE/MAX Hallmark are familiar faces in the community and have a lot of love for Riverside. We caught up with this fabulous team to get to know them better and share more about their story:

Our 2018 Riverside Wine Craft Beer Fest Co-sponsors Team Sheppard – Left to right: Share, Megan, Samantha and Shep

 

What do you love about Riverside-what do you feel makes this area unique?

Samantha: I love the collection of local stores and restaurants. There’s a real sense of community and you’ll always bump into someone you know walking down the street.

Shep & Share: The neighbourhood is a real community, The Broadview Hotel has been an amazing addition, giving Riverside great press and reviews.  When we’re out and about we see people we know and meet new friends.

Megan: It’s such a beautiful landscape, I love the mix of architecture, the local shops and small town/community feel. It’s great how connected and central we are to other neighbourhoods.

 Why did you decide to sponsor this event and how does it connect to you?

Shep & Share: We like to be part of what’s going on, participate and get to know our neighbours who live in our community, plus we like wine.

Megan: Love supporting the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and its programs. The festival is a great opportunity for new breweries in Riverside to get connected and a great event for clients and neighbours.

The Sheppard Sisters at Riverside Winefest 2016

 

What’s a fun fact people may not know about your team?

Shep & Share: Megan and Samantha are third generation realtors. Their grandparents were, and there parents are real estate agents serving the community for almost 50 yrs.

Megan: I was born on De Grassi Street and now my office is at the foot of De Grassi! 

What’s your favourite thing about the work you do?

Samantha: It’s awesome working with family and, when working with clients, we want them to feel that they’re family too. Our dad (Shep) always says, “treat every client the way you’d want someone to treat your own mother”.

Shep & Share: We get to work with our beautiful daughters. We love the way that they take care of their clients and that their clients love them for everything they do for them.

Megan: Moving homes is part of bigger life changes. It’s a transition in life and I love having that connection with people, who start off as a client but very quickly they’re part of the family. We’re realtors for life.

Big thanks to Team Sheppard for all their amazing support in the business community!

Come meet them at Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest – get all the details of the festival and RSVP!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest: FREE Craft Beer Talk & Tasting with Robin LeBlanc April 3rd!

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

The 2018 festival is made up of over 20 events and specials, including complimentary tastings, prix fixe dinners & specials, talks & demos, and the Expo – all in local Riverside venues along Queen St East from the DVP to Empire Avenue.

To kick off the first night on Tuesday April 3rd, the Queen/Saulter Library is hosting a FREE* beer talk and tasting at the Ralph Thornton Community Centre with amazing speaker Robin LeBlanc. Beer lovers will learn from LeBlanc, co-author of the Ontario Craft Beer Guide and blogger behind thethirstywench.com, while putting their knowledge to the test when tasting local beers with reps from Eastbound Brewing Co. and Saulter Street Brewery!

Author and craft beer blogger Robin LeBlanc

 

More About Speaker, Robin LeBlanc….

Anyone who drinks craft beer in Ontario owes LeBlanc a pint for her excellent job of cataloging, profiling and rating the hundreds of brands in Ontario’s dynamic and expanding beer industry 🙂  LeBlanc began writing about beer in 2011, shortly after being captivated with the complexities of the beverage.

Her website, The Thirsty Wench, has won multiple awards, including the Saveur Magazine Best Food Blog Award in the Best Wine or Beer Blog category (the first Canadian-based site to do so). She also writes two regular beer columns; the bi-weekly ‘Inherent Weisse’ for Torontoist and the syndicated ‘On Tap’ for Metroland North Media. She has appeared regularly as a beer expert on various media outlets such as Rogers Daytime Toronto and 680 News Radio.

*This Beer Tasting & Talk is a FREE event, however, $5-$10 donations are being encouraged at the event toward Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest charitable partner – the Ralph Thornton Community Centre’s children’s programs.

This popular event is filling up fast so RSVP to reserve your spot now!

Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest 2018: Featuring Prix Fixe Dinners & Specials

From April 3rd to 7th, wine and craft beer lovers can take part in the 4th annual Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest, to delight in tasting new and established Ontario wines and locally brewed craft beers, while getting to know Riverside shops, eateries and community spaces better. It’s essentially an Ontario wine and craft beer tour – right here in Riverside!

This year’s festival is hosted by the Riverside BIA, co-sponsored by Team Sheppard RE/MAX and Jason Friesen Mortgage, and supported by festival partners Eastbound Brewing Co., Toronto Food Tours, the Ralph Thornton Community Centre and All Wrapped Up Events.

The 2018 festival is made up of over 20 events and specials, including complimentary tastings, prix fixe dinners & specials, talks & demos, and the Expo – all in local Riverside venues along Queen St East from Davies to just past De Grassi St. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the festival’s prix fixe events and specials:

Prix Fixe Dinners

~Ontario Wine Pairing Dinner @ Tabule Middle Eastern ($85 pp + tax & grat, Reserve via bookenda.com)~

Wednesday, April 4, 7:00pm at Tabule Middle Eastern Cuisine, 800 Queen Street E. Cost: $85 pp.+ tax & grat. Enjoy a 5-course dinner (see MENU) of sumptuous Middle Eastern cuisine paired with Ontario wines at Tabule Middle Eastern, among the city’s finest Middle Eastern eateries!  For Reservations please book on Bookenda.com

~‘Ontario Wine with An Italian Flair’ Pairing Dinner @ Il Ponte ($85 pp + tax & grat, Contact Il Ponte to Reserve)~

Wednesday, April 4, 6:30pm at Il Ponte, 625 Queen Street E. Cost: $85 pp.+ tax & grat.  Enjoy a 5 course Ontario wine pairing dinner featuring Stoney Ridge’s special ‘Tragically Hip’ wines and Vineland Estates wines. For Reservations please call ahead at 416.778.0404 or reserve at info@ilponte.ca

~‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ Pairing Dinner @ The Peasant Table ($110 pp incl grat + tax – Tickets via tofoodtours.com)~

Wednesday, April 4, 7pm at The Peasant Table, 782 Queen Street E. Cost: $110 pp. includes grat + tax.  Experience an epic ‘East + West + Wine + Wood’ dinner with culinary partners: Chef and Owner Boris of The Peasant Table and Chef Scott of Toronto Food Tours. You will be treated to a five course dinner featuring menu items cooked over hardwood in the wood-fired oven. It is paired with three wines from the Niagara (west) wine region and three wines from Prince Edward County (east) wine region. The two wine makers will be on hand to talk about their wines.  For Reservations please purchase tickets via https://www.tofoodtours.com/eastwestwinewood

Flight Night

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 is flight night in Riverside! Enjoy specially priced wine and/or beer flights at participating bars and restaurants along Queen Street East.

~Ontario Beer Flight @ Prohibition Gastrohouse~

Wednesday, April 4th, All Day at Prohibition Gastrohouse, 696 Queen St E.  As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, enjoy an amazing flight of five Ontario beers (5 oz each), all for just $12.39 + tax!

~Sparkling Ontario Wine Flight @ Chez Nous~

Wednesday, April 4th, 5pm to 2am at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen St E. As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, Celebrate with a flight of four Ontario sparkling wines (3 oz each) for $25 plus HST.

~Craft Beer Flights Paired with Ontario Cheeses @ I’ll Be Seeing You + Wine Wednesday Specials~

Wednesday, April 4th, Evening at I’ll be Seeing You Bar, 747 Queen St E.  As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, enjoy craft beer flights paired with Ontario cheeses at I’ll Be Seeing You Bar! Plus enjoy their weekly Wine Wednesday special of $25 Ontario wine bottles and $6 glasses (Cab Sauv & Pinot Grigio).

~Left Field Brewery Flights @ La Carnita~

Wednesday, April 4th, Evening at La Carnita, 780 Queen St E.  As part of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest FLIGHT NIGHT, visit La Carnita for craft beer flights from Left Field Brewery!

Other Prix Fixe Specials

~PRIX FIXE Cheese Board & 12oz Beer ($15) @ Saulter St Brewery~

Tuesday, April 3rd, 12pm-9pm at Saulter Street Brewery, 1-31 Saulter Street (just steps south of Queen St E).  Come by Riverside’s Saulter Street Brewery for a perfect pairing of cheese and beer, for just $15!

~PRIX FIXE Ontario Wine Tastings with Winery Reps @ Chez Nous Wine Bar~

Tuesday, April 3rd – Friday, April 6th, 5:00pm-8:00pm at Chez Nous Wine Bar, 798 Queen St E. Meet and greet with winery reps and taste a variety of excellent Ontario wines during Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest! Chez Nous’ tasting schedule includes: Tuesday, April 3 – Trail Estate (PEC), Wednesday, April 4 – Reif Estates (Niagara-on-the-Lake), Thursday, April 5 – Malivoire (Beamsville), and Friday, April 6 – Big Head Wines (Niagara-on-the-Lake).

Check out the full, jam-packed line up of Riverside Wine & Craft Beer Fest events and specials, and remember to let us know you’re coming!