Tons to do for those not heading to the cottage



Jenny yang for metro toronto


The Distillery Historic District will host the Beer & Cocktail Show this weekend.


Let the mass exodus begin.

Hordes of cottage-bound Ontarians will flood the freeways this May two-four, their car trunks filled with beer and ribs. For those of us not lucky enough to own Muskoka property (or have friends who do) don’t fret. Metro has some tips to make your city-slickin’, May two-four finger-lickin’ good.

• The Beer and Cocktail Show: The Distillery Historic District will be hosting the Beer and Cocktail Show (May 18-20), and on top of the beer gardens, cocktails and live performances, Mill Street’s brewing team will also share some recipes on how to barbecue with beer. $12 in advance or $20 at the door. (Hint: get your ticket online and save 25 per cent!) Visit www.beerandcocktailshow.comfor more information.

• Try some real barbecue: If you’d rather just have your barbecue served up, why not go for the real thing? Phil Nyman (of Phil’s Original BBQ at 838 College St.) has been devoting himself to the grill since 1991 and even travelled the barbecue belt of America to hone his craft. He says the real way to barbecue is with patience and his restaurant is one of the few places in town where you can get authentic ribs and pulled pork.

• In The Market Kitchen: Herbs: Ever wish you knew how to make a proper herb rub for that steak? This Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Kitchen at St. Lawrence Market (92 Front St. E.) will feature a herb tasting, a lesson on herbs and tips on how to grow potted herbs on your patio or balcony. Visit

• Explore Toronto’s Culinary Neighbourhoods, Little Italy: Eat Italian this Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m.. Visit shops and sample food from Toronto’s Italian district on a tour led by Umbereen Inayet, an enthusiastic and passionate “foodie.” $25. Pre-registration required. Visit www.harbourfrontcentre.comor call 416-952-4046.

• V-DOT Vegan Cooking: Why should meatheads hog all the fun? If you’re a vegan and want some tips on cooking up a meal, check out this cooking demonstration and workshop at Kensington Market Lofts, 21 Nassau St. on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. $2 optional donation. For more information, call 416-544-9800.

• Toronto Barbecue’s Full Service Catering: Want to really go all out without all the effort? This catering company specializes in barbecue extravaganzas and will provide the tables, the service and, of course, the food. Visit www.torontobbq.comor call 416-657-7957.