The Distillery District was full of people in festive spirits, all excited to partake in the Toronto Christmas Market. Held annually in the weeks leading up to Christmas, this free event is inspired by old world European traditions, with some modern twists. It showcases different food and drink as well as handcrafted goods and live entertainment.
The Distillery District could not be a more perfect place to hold this event.The Distillery District is a national Historic Site with an incredibly rich history. The site was once The Gooderham and Worts Distillery, and represents the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.
In its time, The Gooderham and Worts Distillery played an important role in the growth and wealth of both the city and nation. In addition to various involvements in real estate and banking, the company at one time contributed more to Federal coffers than any other enterprise in the country.
I have only been to this area a couple of times other than this night and I have enjoyed myself each time. It is like stepping back in time, seeing the old cobblestone roads and old buildings.
It was a little crowded this evening, after all, it was the second last night of the event. The sounds of crooner Matt Dusk and various carolers wafted in the air. All throughout the area, there were little huts set up with vendors selling their wares.
I visited a little shop called Jacob & Sebastian. They specialize in what they call “niche market beauty lines that get lots of editorial attention but little exposure”. In other words, luxury bath and body beauty products that may be hard to find. I was able to pick up some Blood Orange Perfume Oil made by a company called Mor Cosmetics. Fragrant and light, the scent did not fade as the time wore on and better yet did not give me a headache or make me sneeze. I had to have it.
Of course, my night is never complete unless I indulge in some treats. The Distillery has some great restaurants and cafes. I once had the pleasure of attending a Winterlicious event held at Archeo, an Italian inspired restaurant. But this night, I was there to take in the offerings of the outdoor market vendors. It began with some poutine. A Canadian thing.
Squeaky cheese curds, hot gravy, crispy fries. It has been a while since I’ve eaten poutine. It was freezing and raining outside so ate the poutine inside a furniture shop, doubling as a warming centre. Felt like I was in my living room. But I don’t have antique cupboards like that at my place!
And to wash down all this food…Mill St. Organic Lager. Walking around, beer in hand, kinda fun.
Now, it was getting cold, legs were feeling numb. It was time to move it indoors. The food finale involved a peach bellini and some waffles and fruit. Breakfast for a late, late dinner…works for me!
A great way to get into mood for Christmas, I will certainly be back next year. =)