The Ontario Oyster Festival 2016

Do you love oysters? This coming Sunday July 17th, Rodney's Oyster House & Ecology Action Centre present the 29th year of the Ontario Oyster Festival. It's going to be a big party in the heart of Toronto. Live music, beer and variety of food options, with the main star being oysters! It's going to be fun in the sun! Here's a glimpse of last year's shucking competition. Don't miss out this year.

Oyster Festival 2015

There will be more than just oysters at this event. You can feast on mussels, burgers, porchetta sandwiches, shrimp rolls and much more! Additional tickets for food and drinks will be $5 each.

Oysters in the half shell.

Get your tickets today to avoid disappointment. To purchase tickets: Oyster Festival

Ticket purchase gets you: 2 drink tickets, 1 food ticket(excluding lobster)

The Ontario Oyster Festival will be held at 469 King Street West - Rodney's Oyster House. Doors open at 1pm (Event ends at 10pm) Come out for a great time!

Disclosure: I receive complimentary passes for this post and all opinions are my own.


Exciting times at the 2016 Queen's Plate

Track side at Woodbine Racetrack

The 2016 Queen's Plate was a summer event to remember. If you didn't attend this year, you'll want to make sure you mark the calendar for 2017. The Queen's Plate is held every summer at Woodbine Racetrack. This is my second time attending the Queen's Plate & 2016 was bigger than the previous. Over 40,000 guests attended with record wager totals.

Upon arrival to Woodbine Racetrack there is already a buzz of anticipation, everyone dressed in fancy dresses and suits added a touch of grandeur to the event. The majority of the women looked like royalty with their array of unique looking hats & fascinators. It's a great day for people watching. Here's a link to the great looks that evening provided by Toronto Life.

Racehorse in paddock area. 

I even had the chance to get close and personal with the horses and jockeys in the "walk about" paddock area. Great spot to soak in the excitement and if you're a handicapper a great way to get a read on your horses to give you any wagering advantage. Did you know that horses sweat? That will be a blog topic for another time but I'll digress for now.

If there is one thing to do at the racetrack on any given day, it's to make a bet on a horse and watch your horse race by track side level. The exhilaration and crowds cheering make up the excitement and fun, and overall atmosphere! Now imagine doing this with a few wobbly pops and friends or family and you're in for a really good time.

Hedley Concert at Woodbine Racetrack.
If it's your first time to a racetrack the Queen's Plate is filled with food trucks, drink stations and various party zones for you to enjoy. It's more than just the horse races. It's a full day of entertainment to take advantage of while there. The 2016 Queen's Plate featured Canadian headliner Hedley, Matthew Good and The Strumbellas.

Make sure to make it out to the Queen's Plate next year or just head down a given night to Woodbine Racetrack for some good times! You'll be delighted that you tried out something new and gained a whole new respect for horse racing.

Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Woodbine Racetrack and all opinions are my own.