Keep guests coming back for seconds with Backyard Living Expo’s steps and must-haves for a fun backyard bash

 Good news across Canada today – warm weather is finally upon us! As we head into March, we can confidently say that we have at last seen the worst of winter for the time being, and although the official start of summer might still be a while away, it is never too early to start prepping for those lazy, long weekends in the forecast.

While many Canadians choose to take advantage of three-day weekends to venture up north and brush the dust off their summer cottages, those without a getaway home, or the means by which to travel, are often left wondering how to make the most out of their holiday weekends.                                                                                                                                      

“Staycations are becoming more trendy amongst large families and young millennials,” says Backyard Living Expo Show Manager Sylvia Franklin. “Throwing your own little backyard soirée right at home can prove to be much more economical and significantly less hectic than a long two-hour car ride – especially when you’ve got little ones in tow!”

And it can be just as fun too.

This year, the Backyard Living Expo wants to make sure you’ve got everything you need to throw the best and most delicious backyard party for entertaining family, friends, even kids, and make your outdoor space the go-to hotspot all season long:

  • Summertime refreshments– Really, what is any gathering without it? The first step in hosting an awesome backyard party is ensuring you have delicious, cold, alcoholic beverages for your guests to sip on and enjoy. White Water Brewing Company has a large selection of craft beer while Junction 56 Distillery is a wonderful source for spirits. For a delightful summer drink, try Junction 56’s drink of the summer featuring Junction 56 Moonshine. All you need is 1 oz. of Junction 56 Moonshine mixed with 5 oz. of cranberry juice and voilà! A simple yet savoury cocktail you and your friends can enjoy at all your gatherings.
  • Grilled delectables – Nice, warm weather is always a sign that it’s time again to bust out the old grilling machine! Tasty food and appetizers are an absolute must-have in making certain that your backyard party is a complete success and sure to have your invitees coming back for more. If you’re looking for some grilling inspiration,Barbeque Pro has a list of fantastic recipes to try out. From the best steak to perfectly grilled hor d’oeuvres, the possibilities are endless. But the best part? Barbeque Pro will come to your house, clean your barbecue and get it ready for summer! Don’t have a barbecue or perhaps looking to upgrade this season? Dickson Barbeque Centre of Toronto carries excellent lines of charcoal, gas and portable barbecues including the latest and greatest fromNapolean’s new Rogue series.
  • Don’t forget the children – Here’s one your kids will love and even have your visitors dying for a taste. Most Canadians have barbecues but how many can say that they have a pizza oven installed right in their very own backyard? Keep your young ones full and happy with Outdoor Pizza Ovens and its variety of outdoor ovens for your yard. Cater to any pizza craving and never worry about a late delivery again!

“There’s nothing like enjoying quality time – and quality food – with family and friends,” adds Franklin. “To do that, you don’t always need to travel far. A backyard and good company is all you really need.”

Hungry yet? To sample some of these delicious food and drinks plus much more, be sure to stop by the Backyard Living Expo coming to The International Centre in Mississauga this spring. For tickets, visit Be sure to ‘Like’ them on Facebook and follow @BackyardExpo on Twitter.

About Backyard Living Expo 

Backyard Living Expo is the ultimate and only backyard event of its kind in the GTA. Launching this year, the consumer show will exhibit quality products and services to best serve outdoor living spaces – the perfect spot to shop, taste and explore everything backyard living this spring. The Backyard Living Expo will take place at The International Centre in Mississauga from April 21-23, 2017.

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