Friday, 21 August 2009

It’s That Time Again…
Advance Festival Information
Here’s a quick rundown of times and events with links to more information:

Friday, September 11

Art & Crafts in the Park, Riverdale Park, from 3 pm
This is the great art & crafts event held annually in Riverdale Park. It attracts thousands of visitors who wander comfortably through the tents and enjoy the exhibits from 200 artists. It runs from Friday afternoon (1 to 6pm) through Saturday and Sunday (10 am to 6 pm.)

Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival, 7 pm

There may be media coverage of that other film festival, but the real glamour happens here.
16 short films from around the world and around the corner. This is always a marvelous evening. It’s funny, exciting, challenging, romantic – wherever the films take us. Space is limited and the tickets are cheap ($15).

Saturday September 12 & Sunday, September 13

Blair’s Run, Cabbagetown Parade & Street Festival

Blair's Run is always happy mayhem. It's the first big event of our program on Saturday morning.

After the Parade, the Sandhill Pipers like to retire and enjoy some adult beverages at The Ben Wicks (424 Parliament.) The crowd gathered there always enjoys their arrival.

Cutting the cabbage officially launches the Festival. Each year a different person does the job. In 2007, Daniel Claret (Daniel et Daniel, 248 Carlton) showed the rest of the world how this job is really done.

This year, our theme is Celebrating Cabbagetown. We’ve got souvenirs, artists and musicians and we’re highlighting Cabbagetown’s personalities. Our weekend is jammed full of stuff – something for everyone’s taste. Outdoor patios and barbeques will be set up on Parliament Street. Long-time Cabbagetown favourites like Go Freddy Go and Danny Marks are joined by newcomers Marinda + Solari. You can get temporary henna tattoos, a personal portrait, balloons for your kids and lots of crafts and goodies from our street vendors.

Go Freddy Go always pack in the crowds at House on Parliament on Saturday afternoon. It's also a lovely patio for people watching and good friendships.

On Sunday, Danny Marks is our feature entertainer at the Cabbagetown Stage at Winchester & Parliament.

And in other news...

JAMCafe has a new wine tasting

These events are always worth the wait. It’s happening on Wednesday, September 2 at 6:30 pm at 195 Carlton.
Six wines from Ecluse are being sampled and paired with JAM’s hors d’oeuvres. Ecluse is a small boutique winery from Paso Robles California that uses classic vinifera grapes for its award-winning Rhone and Bordeaux style wines. The winemaker will be present to explain each wine and answer your questions.
Reservations are suggested: (416) 921-1255.

The Epicure Shop
Patty wants us to remind you about her new website: It's very attractive and easy to use.
This week, she has more buffalo mozzarella from Italy and her bestselling white cheddar from Quebec (on special at $4.59/100 g). She also has her shipment of new jams from Greaves and they’re on special at 3 for $9.99. 473 Parliament.

Weekly catalogues
This is just a reminder. Click on the link on the sidebar Cabbagetown Online Flyers and you’ll find the weekly catalogues from Luciano’s No Frills, Home Hardware and Shopper’s Drug Mart. You may have to add the local store name (eg Luciano's No Frills) to get the appropriate catalogue. These are often big websites and may take a second to download.

The Mad Mexicans are coming back

Cabbagetown Organics (499 Parliament) tell me that their free sampling this week will again highlight Mad Mexican chips and salsas. They were a big hit last week and so they’ll be featured on Saturday for another visit. When you’re passing the stores, grab a chip and go crazy.