Toronto Festival of Beer

Date #656 - Saturday, July 25th, 2015

A: I started a new project called Brew Haikus - it’s craft beer reviews in haiku format. I’m pretty proud of it and love working on them because I get better at tasting notes and pairing them with poetry. My poems aren’t always a direct link to tasting notes, though, but I like having fun with it, which is what most writing is for!! So B and I spent a casual Saturday down at Exhibition at the Toronto Festival of Beer. We got to try some great stuff from Ireland and B even got to watch a bit of the Jays game! It was quite the crowd and ended on a bit of a sour note due to misinformation - we didn’t know it ended at 10pm and were also told we could only buy 20 tokens at a time so we had 8 tokens leftover… around $15. It was frustrating but we ended up trading them in so all worked out in the end.

It’s interesting going to a beer fest with a non-drinker. It’s a lot easier to focus on the taste of the beer and your critique of them instead getting totally hammered and not remembering what you drank… which can also be fun but with different company! Heh..

B: This event was pretty interesting (especially for a non-drinker). I wasn’t sure what to expect and went in with an open mind.

A and I were covering the event and thus had media passes. The media tent was this roped-off area with comfortable seating, washrooms, and food from the different food vendors - awesome!

The first food we had was pizza from Pizzeria Libretto (one of Toronto’s best). While A and I ate and talked about which breweries she wanted to visit, we chatted with other bloggers. 

Throughout the day A tried to visit as many local breweries as possible, we watched baseball at the Miller baseball-themed station, and listened to music. We also ran in to a bunch of people we knew and I managed to arrange purchase of 2 kg of grass-fed butter from someone who knows a local farmer.

It was actually a lot of fun. The place was crowded and hectic and so I got frustrated at one point. A said she would go explore other breweries’ booths while I watched baseball. It was a really smart suggestion. While yes, in the moment I wanted her to stick around, ultimately I need to take time to calm down before discussing any issues.

We met up after and decided to leave shortly after that.

Tucson, Here I Come

So excited to be going to the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend. Are you coming?

Here’s my schedule of events. It’s all for Sunday, March 10th. 

10:00 – 11:00 am             Fragile on the Outside–Steel on the Inside: Gutsy Girls. Education Building - Kiva Auditorium. With Maggie Stiefvater and Elizabeth Eulberg.  Signing after.

 12 – 12:30 pm                      Solo Presentation Teen and Author Meeting Place 

1:30 pm                                   Booth Signing, Mostly Books Booth #127

  2:30 pm                                   Booth Signing,  Mysterious Galaxy Booth #301

 4 pm – 5 pm                           Capturing Dimensions of Time in YA Literature Education Building - Kiva Auditorium With Tamara Ireland Stone and  Cinda Williams Chima