Toronto’s own Sugar Shack took place on March 12th and 13th. It was a free community event. The Sugar Shack was held on Toronto’s waterfront at Sugar Beach.
It was easy to get to the event. Only a short walk from Union Station. There was also a shuttle bus that left Union Station every 30 minutes – which also made a stop in the Distillery District before reaching Sugar Beach.
The weather was perfect for the weekend – not too cold that you were uncomfortably freezing, but not too warm that you were missing out on the winter vibes of an authentic sugar shack. Unfortunately, the warm spring weather we’ve been having in Toronto lately meant that the Skating rink at Sherbourne Common, right beside the beach, was closed off. But there were still lots of great activities that took place!
With a couple different food trucks to choose from, this was definitely an event to bring your appetite to. Wickedly Sinful had some great poutine options available, including: french onion poutine, steak poutine, and our personal favourite – tourtière poutine! The Great Canadian Food Truck had some classic Canadian comfort foods, including: the great Canadian peameal sammy, great Canadian poutine, and moose balls! There was also the classic BeaverTails food truck, which had some of their best selling pastries for sale! The line ups for these trucks were long at times, but they were definitely worth the wait!
Throughout the weekend a few great French Canadian musicians performed. The performers list included: Stef Paquette, Amélie et les Singes Bleus, Mélanie Brulée and Cindy Diore. The live performances also included a sing along with CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR!, cooking demonstrations and a contra dance.
The most interesting part of the whole event was the Maple Syrup cooking demos in the Sugar Shack. You were able learn everything there was to know about how maple sap becomes maple syrup!
This was a great event for the whole family! Be sure to keep your eye out for next year – they’ve already promised that the event will be bigger and better!