North America’s Largest Halal Food Festival

logo   Takes place right here in Toronto. Coming this May 30-31st from 10-8pm at the International Centre, get your tickets now to get in on all the Halal goodness!

Notable dishes from this year’s Halal Food Festival vendors include:

  • The Holy Poutine (Spanish fries made with in-house halal chorizo, Spanish olives and other Spanish inspired ingredients from The Holy Grill, a halal food truck launched by Toronto chef Aleem Syed)

  • Jerk Fried Chicken and Belgian Waffle S’mores from Chef’s Life, sponsored by Sargent Farms

  • The halal Lollypop Juicy Lucy from Burger Factory  

We spoke with Salima Jivraj, the festival’s organizer, about what we can look forward to at this year’s festival. Read on to find out how you can win a pack of four tickets…

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Cocktails for Victoria Day

Happy Victoria Day from Fiesta Farms!

This Monday, May 18, is Victoria Day! Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901 was the monarch who gave royal assent to Canada’s confederation; we honour her memory to this day by celebrating a national statutory holiday every year on or around her birthday, May 24, and have been doing so since 1845.

For many Canadians, the three-day weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season, with most Canucks simply referring to the long weekend as the May two-four weekend, referencing the tradition of loading the car with a two-four of beer, heading to cottage country and dusting off the barbecue. Continue »

Lettuce Rejoice



We love our lettuce. Crunchy Iceberg, tender Boston, Bibb, flashy red leaf lettuce-perfect for lettuce wraps-and good old stout Romaine, we all have our favourites and they all occupy a special place in our hearts and in our crispers, our salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches. Can you imagine a BLT without the lettuce? Well, in addition to requiring a name change for that sandwich it would be just wrong. A few leaves of crisp, fresh, hydrating lettuce is de rigeur in most sandwiches and burgers, offering a satisfying and refreshing crunch to counter the soft bread or bun, as well as adding the benefits of at least a little green vegetable goodness as you wolf down another hamburger. Continue »

A Tea Party for Mother’s Day



Sunday is Mother’s Day, the busiest day of the year for brunch. No matter what you do, be glad you do not work in a restaurant on Mother’s Day, and if you do, my condolences! Many brunch establishments throughout town are taking reservations, and just as many are not. If you are willing to take the risk of not enquiring about whether or not your favourite restaurant will be able to seat you at your preferred time, you and Mom may find yourself in for a fair bit of a line up. For those of you that are up for it, here is a list of some hot spots that are still taking reservations.


Another way of showing Mom some love is by avoiding the madding crowd altogether, as many of us have reservations about making reservations, preferring to spend a couple of hours together in the sanity of one’s own home, a nice, familiar alternative especially if Mom is not the gadabout type. Maybe you could make brunch yourself, trying your hand at an old faithful like eggs benedict, or Crêpes Suzette, Dutch pancakes, or one of Mom’s traditional favourites.


Another great alternative is an afternoon tea, complete with an assortment of dainty sandwiches, (on white bread with the crust removed, of course!): salmon salad sandwiches, cucumber sandwiches, an assortment of biscuits, either homemade or procured from your favourite bakery and  served with a pot of  piping hot tea are a wonderful way to have a meaningful and sane visit with mom. Continue »

2015 Canadian Cheese Grand Prix Winners



Canadian cheesemakers have moved well beyond processed cheddar.


We are so proud of the way this country’s cheese scene is growing. Our cheese selection at the store is a big place of pride, to see so many varied Ontario cheeses when we used to just be known for cheddar is a thrill. The winners of the 2015 CCGP have been announced and from the winner’s list here are some of our favourite cheeses in the country… Continue »