If you haven’t been to The Distillery Historic District (aka The Distillery District), now is a great time to make a visit to their Toronto Christmas Market. The market has gotten bigger every year and this year it started November 18th and ends December 22nd, 2016. If you are a foodie there are quite a few booths and restaurants that will satisfy your taste buds. In addition, there are many arts, crafts and photo opportunities best captured when the lights are lit and the sun is going down.
The Distillery District has a lot of charm during the holiday season and the lights are beautiful, especially around their Christmas Tree. It’s best to visit the market during the week if you can, as it is free to attend Tuesdays to Fridays. After 5pm you now have to pay on Friday and on the weekend. See their website for ticket details.
It may be cold when you walk around the market but, not to worry there are many beverages for you to enjoy. Drink and be merry at the bars outside or inside at the various restaurants. If you want to eat inside I’d recommend that you make a reservation in advance especially on a Friday or the weekend.
If you like chocolate, make sure to visit the SOMA Chocalatemaker store. They make amazing hot chocolate made with their dark chocolate. The Mayan Hot Chocolate is sweet and spicy. It is mixed with SOMA’s dark chocolate, chilli peppers, orange peel, ginger and other spices to keep you warm while you walk through the streets at The Distillery District.
We also tried a giant freshly made pretzel that was dipped in Lindt chocolate! It was very good and was large enough to snack on by three people. But, my favourite treat was surprisingly delicious. The Maple Bacon Mini Donuts were a crowd pleaser and were sticky, sweet and savoury because of the fried bacon bits drizzled on top of the maple syrup. It’s a good thing you don’t get to have these every day because the 6 little donuts were quickly nibbled.
Since we were eating so, many sweet treats as snacks, I decided to try something a little bit healthier. The Lamb Kofta Wrap at The Brick Street Bakery was a generous portion that came with a juicy lamb burger, fennel slaw, caramelized red onion, raisins and a seasoned mayo in a fresh tortilla wrap. The lamb burger was good in the wrap but, it could have used a bit more seasoning or salt and was more like a large lamb meatball than a burger. The schnitzel at the booth outside may have been a better option for those who wanted to try out the food stands.
The lights all across The Distillery Historic District were beautiful at night and in the centre of it all is a huge tree that everyone can enjoy while sitting and listening to live music. Enjoy the scenery and the food with friends and family.
Event: The Toronto Christmas Market
Location: The Distillery Historic District (Parliament and Mill St., Toronto, Ontario)
When: November 18 to December 22, 2016