Tag: summer

Enjoy all the tastes the Ex has to offer!

There are many tasty treats to enjoy at the 141st Canadian National Exhibition (CNE, also known as the Ex), Toronto’s most iconic summer celebration. Toronto Public Health’s (TPH) food safety inspectors are working on site, behind the scenes, from opening day to Labour Day to inspect all food establishments to help ensure that residents are kept safe from foodborne illnesses.

The way food is produced, stored, handled and consumed affects the safety of food. DineSafe is TPH’s food safety program that inspects all establishments serving and preparing food in the city. TPH’s food safety inspectors’ work helps to make sure that residents and visitors can dine out in Toronto confident that food has been prepared in safe and healthy environments. For special and large-scale events like the Ex, TPH plans ahead and works with organizers to ensure that food safety is top of mind.

From now until closing day at the Ex, TPH will conduct food safety inspections of all food and drink stands, carts, kiosks and trucks on the midway and in the buildings so people can enjoy their food and beverages knowing that the places where they eat and drink are providing safe and healthy food options.

Similar to other food establishments in Toronto, all locations where food is sold at the Ex are required to post their food safety inspection results in a visible location. Continue reading “Enjoy all the tastes the Ex has to offer!”

Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet

Ontario’s tender fruit is in season now – enjoy a tasty treat

Summer is in full swing, and so are Ontario’s peaches, pears, plums, cherries, nectarines, apricots and Coronation grapes. Pick up an array of these sweet treats while they are at their most ripe and flavourful at your local grocery stores, on-farm markets and farmers’ markets across the province.

“Our hardworking farmers are harvesting a bounty of healthy, delicious tender fruit for you to enjoy right now,” said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I invite everyone to eat, drink and be ‘cherry’ this summer with Ontario’s terrific tender fruits.”

“Summer is here, and that means consumers across Ontario can enjoy the sun and the wonderfully sweet tree-ripened fruit that farmers have nurtured over the spring,” said Sarah Marahall, Manager of Ontario Tender Fruit Growers. “We encourage everyone to overindulge in peaches, nectarines, plums, grapes, apricots and pears before the trees and vines take a rest in the fall.”

Ontario’s tender fruit is delicious and nutritious. Peaches, nectarines and apricots are a good source of vitamin C, while pears are a great source of fibre. Plums are high in potassium, and cherries and grapes are high in antioxidants and folic acid.
Recipe: Plum Ginger Jam

You’ll need about 2 lbs (1 kg) of plums (about 15 medium) for this recipe.

To remove pits from plums, cut in half through the stem and twist to separate the halves. Repeat, cutting the half that still has the pit in half, then twisting the stone from the center. This technique helps a lot when the pits are tightly imbedded in slightly underripe fruit. Continue reading “Love Me Tender, Love Me Sweet”

Summer Water Activities Worth Dipping Into!

If you love the outdoors, take in the warm lake breeze and include Mississauga’s incredible waterfront this summer. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of water activities to help beat the heat!

Learn to paddle – looking to up your outdoor game? Consider the Learn to Paddleprogram in partnership with the Mississauga Canoe Club. Taking place on the beautiful Credit River, this class covers basic skills, including water safety, to get you paddling in canoes and kayaks in no time. Bonus: the natural scenery is super picturesque and a must-see spot!

Daytrip at the beach – pack a blanket and picnic basket, it’s time for a family daytrip! Did you know that Mississauga is home to numerous local beaches? Offering a nice beachfront, Jack Darling Park, Richard’s Memorial Park, Lakeside and Lakefront Promenade Park are the perfect fit for anyone looking to enjoy Lake Ontario.

Combine pool time with sports – there’s lots of ways to have fun with family and friends at the pool. We offer a variety of lane, leisure and fun swims seven days a week. Why not keep active by registering for swimming lessons, Swim Water Sport camp or drop-in for a water exercise class.

Therapeutic pools – choose from a variety of exercise and therapeutic programs available at our pools designed for all ages, skill levels and abilities – allowing individuals to participate in safe, inclusive and appropriate activities led by certified instructors.

Make a splash in Mississauga this summer and stay cool! For more information, visit activemississauga.ca or follow @MississaugaRec on Twitter.

Go ahead try one of these budget-friendly ideas, before reaching for your wallet to pay for that adventure park pass!  Your family and friends  will enjoy some quality time!

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City Hall Live spotlights Toronto musicians with free summer music shows

City Hall Live returns to outdoor stages this summer, with an impressive lineup of free performances that includes lunchtime shows at Nathan Phillips Square and Union Station. City Hall Live provides local artists with paid opportunities to perform across the city, showcasing the diverse musical sounds of Toronto.

Local live music will be presented at Nathan Phillips Square from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays (except August 7) until September 11, hosted by music and entertainment reporter Rudy Blair. Soul artist Aphrose will bring her soaring R&B vocal stylings to the stage today, followed next week by Keerat Kaur with her own distinct genre, combining Indian classical, Bollywood, blues and jazz.

The full City Hall Live performance schedule is available at http://bit.ly/2WEpIvp and social media users can follow #CityHallLive for schedule updates. On-site sponsors include Toronto Water, Live Green Toronto, Planet Fitness, Communauto and Pure Leaf.

While enjoying the music at Nathan Phillips Square on Wednesdays, you can “shop local” at the Farmers Market, which offers many fresh food options and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday until October 16.

Preceding City Hall Live, the City of Toronto presents Yoga in the Square every Wednesday from noon to 12:30 p.m., weather permitting, until September 11. Led by instructor Charlotte Singmin, members of the public are invited to take a wellness lunch break with family, friends and co-workers. Participants should bring a yoga mat, water bottle and sunscreen protection to this free session.

Other City Hall Live performances include shows at Union Summer outside Union Station from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays until July 30 and at Cultura Festival at Mel Lastman Square, 6 p.m. every Friday in July. Continue reading “City Hall Live spotlights Toronto musicians with free summer music shows”

Ontario Field Strawberries are the Perfect Summer Treat

First fruits of the season are now available at stores and farmers’ markets across the province Ontario field strawberries are now ripe, with Ontario’s berry growers saying this year’s cool spring is resulting in an exceptional crop.

“For most of us, Ontario strawberries are one of the great tastes of summer. You can enjoy these healthy and delicious fruits fresh on their own, baked in a dessert or made into jam,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “This Canada Day weekend, I encourage you to kick off your summer by choosing Ontario field strawberries and celebrate the good things that grow in Ontario.”

Whether you pick them up at your local grocery store and farmers’ market, or visit a pick-your-own farm, Ontario’s hardworking farmers have harvested the first fruits of the season for you to share today and throughout the summer.

“Ontario’s cool spring has done wonders for strawberry plants,” said Tom Heeman, Chairman of the Berry Growers of Ontario. “There really is no comparison to the taste and flavour of a true local Ontario strawberry, and this year they will be in great supply. Enjoy the taste of summer with the first fruits of the season!”

More than 1,900 acres of field strawberries are harvested in Ontario each year. Strawberries are high in antioxidants and vitamin C, and can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Visit Foodland Ontario for recipes and suggestions for enjoying strawberries at every meal. For more than 40 years, Foodland Ontario has connected with families on how to recognize, prepare and enjoy locally grown foods. Continue reading “Ontario Field Strawberries are the Perfect Summer Treat”

Seven Spots to Catch the Sunset in Mississauga

Dreaming of long summer days and warm nights? We’ve put together a list of some of the hottest spots to catch the sunset in Mississauga. Get a head start on planning the perfect date or consider adding this idea to your 2019 summer roster!

 

1. Port Credit Lighthouse: nestled in the heart of Mississauga’s Lakeshore, this must-see spot features a panoramic view of the Credit River, harbour and village of Port Credit from the deck of this iconic red and white lighthouse – a true beacon to sailors, visible from up to 24 km on Lake Ontario.

2. Watersedge Park: enjoy a stroll through the grounds of Bradley Museum and Meadowwood Park to get to Watersedge Park, where you can catch the sunset along with a clear view of the Toronto skyline. While you’re at it, check out nearby Rattray Marsh as well.

3. Danville Park: for an up-close thrill, watch planes land or take off from Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in the country, at the Airplane Viewing Platform at the park’s summit with the sunset as the backdrop.

4. BraeBen Golf Course: this course provides picturesque views from the highest land viewpoint in Mississauga. Set amongst dramatic landforms, tee-off on scenic terrain. Take in the warm summer breeze and play a round of 18 or 9-hole golf and catch the sunset at the top of the hill at the driving range.

5. Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens: revel in the beauty of one of Canada’s largest collections of rhododendrons and azaleas in this 18-acre park near the shore of Lake Ontario. Visit the floral garden and catch the sunset from the lakeshore – peak season for the floral display is May and June. Continue reading “Seven Spots to Catch the Sunset in Mississauga”

Have the BEST backyard experience this spring and summer!

Creating the perfect backyard is easy once you attend the Backyard Living Expo, the only consumer show in the GTA dedicated exclusively to backyards.
Come hear from celebrity experts and industry leaders on how to make your backyard the place of your dreams, regardless of your budget or the size of your yard.

Also at the show, get the tips and secrets to entertain your guests with a perfect barbecue. The Backyard Living Expo runs from Friday, March 29 through Sunday March 31, 2019 at The International Centre (6900 Airport Rd), for more information, visit http://www.thebackyardlivingexpo.com.

Learn how to make the most of your backyard from a variety of HGTV celebrities, gardeners,
chefs, DIY professionals, and outdoor build and design experts as they present on the Weber
Grill Main Stage and the Pro Series Stage each day.

Here is a sampling of who you can see at the show:

Grill Master Michael P. Clive brings you the most popular menu items offered at the Weber Grill
Academy! Learn how to prepare the best of both land and sea – and yes, dessert too – using
tips, tricks and grilling techniques to help make you a backyard hero. BroLaws discuss how to budget for your outdoorspace and the latest and greatest for the outdoor world this year.

Ted Reader can talk about all BBQ trends for 2019 and how to create the best BBQ setting
including tools, tips and accessories to create the greatest grilling experience of the summer. Continue reading “Have the BEST backyard experience this spring and summer!”