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Top 5 Places for St. Patrick’s Day Fun

As you may remember it, St Patrick’s Day is a day full of lineups, broken plans, missed calls and drunken shenanigans every March 17th. Start planning now, or avoid it altogether.

If you’re the planner, you know that  part of any worthwhile celebration is the possibility of a few too many “celebratory” drinks. Here’s where you can enjoy that possibility guilt free this Thursday:

#5 Irish Embassy, 49 Yonge Street.

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Serving overpriced pints and live music all day starting at 11am.

#4 The Brunswick House, 481 Bloor Street.

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The call of nostalgia alone makes The Brunny a top destination. This is their last month in business. Say goodbye to a Toronto landmark.
Ticket required

#3 Dubin Calling, 250 Adelaide Street.

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This just opened/re-located party pub is sure to be a hot spot. Don’t expect anything authentic, just a really good time.

#2 Polson Pier/Cabana, 20 Polson Street.

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If you like your shamrocks blinged out, this is your spot. Happening in a massive tent, bikini clad bottle service is within the realm of possibility: DJs, bands, dancers, overall debauchery.
Ticket required

#1 Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen Street East.

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This is the real thing: Irish dancing, live music, authentic food and an outdoor tent that has its own name “The Marquee”. Leave work early to get into this one.

Want updates so you’re not left out in the cold? Join the Facebook event and tag who will be your Irish playmates for the day!

RAWESOME options at food truck fest ontario

The first rule of joining Vegan Club is to tell everyone.

I’m sure your Vegan friend has told you on more than one occasion, that they are, in fact, a Vegan.

When thinking about the limited options of where you can bring that friend to eat, you probably don’t think of food trucks, but that’s where the options are growing. Of the 31 unique food trucks going to Food Truck Festival Ontario,  8 will have “rawesome” vegan options, including the new ALL vegan truck Raw On Location.

 

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all vegan food truck “Raw On Location”

If you’re curious to try the vibrant flavours of their mouthgasmic wild mushroom with eggplant bacon burger, don’t worry, they’re not going to try to covert you to Veganism in the processs. “We are not trying to convert anyone; we are just providing another gastronomic option for people in Toronto,” says owner Claudia Gaviria.

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Claudia started her Vegan journey at St. Lawrence Market with CrudaCafé before launching Raw on Location. “It is nice to be outside and be in the open. Having the freedom of reaching more people,” says Claudia about being a food truck owner.

Raw On Location’s Vegan menu for Food Truck Fest Ontario

-Raw tacos with guacamole, chipotle, salsa and refried beans.

-Wild mushroom Canadian burger with eggplant bacon.

-Strawberry vegan cheesecake, using fermented cashews and lemon.

 

Other Vegan Options at Food Truck Fest Ontario

Blazin Cajun: Vegan gumbo over rice.

Koi: Thai sweet chili fried tofu wrap.

CORNehCOPIA:  Hand dipped vegan corn dogs and corn in a cup.

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TdotsNaansence: Spinach and chickpea on naan.

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Chimney Stax: Sweet Stax.

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Sweet Spot: Assorted sorbets.

Dolcella Gelato: sorbetto truffle with fresh strawberry compote filling.

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So gather your friends, Vegan or not, there will be something for everyone, including an all local farmers market. Not only do you get to fill up your belly with delicious food truck eats all day, but also your fridge!