And so, with new breweries seemingly popping up every week, it's important to remember the pioneers of this renaissance. Here are the 10 oldest breweries in Toronto sill making beer.
Toronto Food Events: Chip & Dip Battle, Toronto Sushi Fest, Brewers Feast, Totally Fabulous Vegan Bake-Off
- Ivy Knight hosts a Chip and Dip battle on Monday March 2 at the Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. West). Ten participating restaurants (Hopgood's Foodliner, The Gabardine, Mr. Flamingo to name a few) will vie for a chance to compete in the Garland International Chefs Challenge (which carries with it a $10,000 prize).
- Toronto Sushi Festival takes place from 5pm to 10 on March 5 and 6, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (6 Garamond Ct.). Expect celebrity chefs Susur Lee and Dennis Tay of Top Chef Canada to be among the participants, as well as live demos, open mic karaoke and door prizes.
Toronto Restaurant Openings: Norling, Blackbird Bistro, The Dirtybird, Roses New York, Jatujak, Old School
- The Vegan Duchess, a new raw organic quickserve concept, is now open at 2354 Yonge St.
- Tacorrito has opened the doors to its first location at 320 Richmond St. East, Unit 107 (on Sherbourne).
- Schnitzel Queen is now open in its new home at 211 Queen St. East after a successful crowdfunding campaign to fund the upgrade.
- Norling, a Tibetan restaurant, is now open at 1512 Queen St. West in Parkdale. The new eatery specializes in Tibetan and Hakka cuisine.
- Cuban brunch destination La Cubana has finally opened its second location at 82 Ossington Ave.
- Blackbird Bistro has transitioned from the Rustic Owl Cafe (993 Bloor St. West) to a destination for casual daytime and dinnertime menus.