• Top summer food festivals and events across Canada

    Aug 01, 2019

    Summer is here and it's time to celebrate, Canada! To help you take a bite out of the season, we've found the top summer food festivals and events happening across the country in 2019. Don't miss out on these delicious festivities. 

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    1. Toronto Food Truck Festival

    From Friday, August 2nd to Monday, August 5th, head to Woodbine Park in Toronto for another scrumptious year of The Toronto Food Truck Festival! Admission is free and there’s something everyone will enjoy eating. Entertain yourself with some of Toronto’s best local talent, participate in fun eating challenges, take your kiddos to a magical Children’s Village and enjoy a cold beer with friends while you munch on amazing foods from the best food trucks around. 30 to 50 trucks will be serving the goods!

    The Toronto Food Truck Festival is part of Canadian Food Truck Festivals. They also host the Burlington Food Truck Festival, the Pickering Food Truck Festival and the Brampton Food Truck Festival. All 4 festivals feature live music and up to 50 food trucks in beautiful green parks.

    2. Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest

    From Friday, August 9th through Saturday, August 10th, don't miss Halifax Seaport Cider and BeerFest.  It's heralded as one of the top beer fests in the entire nation! This event is alcohol-focused, so entrance is restricted to visitors age 19 years and older. No pets or children are allowed. 2019 marks the 13th annual event. Attendees can wander through while they sample sips of over 300 craft beers, premium imports, seasonal drinks and ciders from around the world. The festival takes place inside beautiful Pier 23 Cunard Centre. To ensure you don't get too sloshed, there will also be amazing food trucks onsite and a 400’ waterfront patio to relax on. This is your chance to sample more award-winning and specialty beers and ciders than you can purchase. If you don't drink, but still want to attend, for $12 you can gain admission to the event and partake of several non-alcoholic drinks! Being the designated driver has never been sweeter.

    3. Saskatoon Ex

    The Saskatoon Ex is Saskatchewan’s biggest summer event. It features a ton of quality live entertainment, shopping, amusement rides and delicious food. You'll be one of hundreds of thousands of people to attend, play, eat, drink and shop. Browse the wares of countless vendors while you nibble on cotton candy or brave the Midway rides. However you spin it, you'll have a ball! The ex mainstage will feature performances from some amazing bands like Sum 41 and Simple Plan. Don’t miss out -- it’s on from noon to midnight daily from Tuesday, August 6th to Sunday, August 11th at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon.

    4. Taste of Calgary

    Taste of Calgary offers a true (and affordable) taste of the city's cuisine. Attend to sample the food of the city's restaurants, beverages, music and more. Calgary is home to many excellent purveyors of global cuisine. Whether you're up for an exotic light lunch or a filling dinner, this event is sure to crush your cravings daily, from 11 am to 10 pm, from Thursday, August 8th to Sunday, August 11th, 2019 in downtown Calgary at Eau Claire Market Plaza. If you're going to go, be sure to arm yourself with a ton of sampling tickets (available for just $1 each at the festival) -- use them to sample any of the food or beverage menu items on offer. Admission to the festival is free and includes access to performances from some of Calgary's best musical acts.

    5. Gordon Food Service Show Winnipeg (GFS Winnipeg)

    Are you in the food business? If your business is a mashup of food, people, and entertaining, you have to attend the Gordon Food Service Show in Winnipeg! For more than a century, Gordon Foods has partnered with restaurants, organizations like universities, healthcare facilities, hotels, stadiums and more to offer a collection of products and tools. This is your chance to browse and sample to your heart’s content! Register now, the event is set to take place at RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg on September 16th from 3 pm to 8 pm.

    Timbercreek hopes you found these hot tips on the top summer food festivals and events across Canada helpful! Maybe we’ll see you there!

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • The Tastiest Toronto Food Festivals This Summer

    Jul 30, 2019

    Toronto is an amazing place to be in the summer -- especially if you love food. To help you dig in, Timbercreek Communities has rounded up 5 of the tastiest food festivals happening in the city this summer. Don't miss these great events!

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    Pizza Fest Toronto

    Get ready for the biggest pizza party in the city! Pizza Fest Toronto takes over Toronto Island from July 19th to 21st. It’s the perfect place to try pizzas from some of the best restaurants in Toronto. Vendors will also serve pastas, meatball sandwiches, wine and cocktails (including Aperol Spritz and Limoncello). Plus, you can hang out and enjoy live music, bocce ball, pizza-making classes and more!

    The Rose Picnic

    This is one picnic you won’t want to miss! Spend your afternoon at the beautiful Stanley Barracks and sip on some of the best rosé from Ontario and beyond. There will be music all day long and gourmet chefs serving delicious food. The Rose Picnic is happening on August 11th rom 12 pm to 11 pm.

    Taste of the Middle East

    Celebrate food and culture at this year’s Taste of the Middle East! It’s your chance to sample authentic middle eastern food, experience traditional music and dance and purchase beautiful jewellery and art. There will be a giant Souk (a traditional market) in the middle of Dundas Square where you can take a coffee break, shop or have your fortune told. Attending the festival is also a great way to give back. Taste of the Middle East is partnering up with Second Harvest, the largest food rescue charity in Canada. Be sure to check it out on July 27th.

    Summerlicious

    Summerlicious is the perfect festival if you want to sample food from a variety of restaurants in Toronto. Each place will have a three-course lunch and dinner prix fixe menu ranging from $23-$53. Summerlicious is a good opportunity to try something new and discover your new favourite restaurants. Make sure to reserve a table ahead of time as most of the popular restaurants book up fast.

    Toronto Food Truck Festival

    Good food, cold beer and live music is what you should expect at the Toronto Food Truck Festival this year. Spend the day at Woodbine Park sampling anything from pizzas to perogies, listening to live music and watching eating challenges. The festival is on from August 2nd to 5th and it’s free!

    With all these amazing food festival options to explore, it’s going to be an incredible summer! Timbercreek hopes you have a chance to check out at least one.

    To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Property Highlight - 100, 120 & 170 Old Carriage Drive - Adanac Crossing

    Jul 26, 2019

    Looking for a new home in Kitchener? Adanac Crossing (100, 120 & 170 Old Carriage Drive) might be the perfect community for you! It's the ideal rental property for Kitchener residents who are looking for premium student living and convenience.

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    Your Home

    Located in Pioneer Park, this high-rise property has beautiful landscaped grounds and is nestled in a great neighbourhood that has a good mix of everything. The apartments units are large with bright windows. The building is pet-friendly, has a fenced dog-run, and has parking available. There’s also convenient onsite laundry services and onsite management to put your mind at ease.

    Whether you’re a social butterfly or a wallflower, you’ll love it here. The complex is a wonderful place to entertain friends and family, study or just hang out.

    Your Neighbourhood

    Adanac Crossing is located just a short drive from downtown Kitchener, in Pioneer Park. The location is incredible for anyone looking to be near transit, shopping and entertainment.

    With easy access to the 401, as well as public transit, you’ll be able to get around effortlessly. It’s also a short walk from Fairview Park Mall, Pioneer Park Plaza and Conestoga College.

    You’ll love it here if you like nature as there are many hiking and biking trails to explore nearby. You can also easily pay a visit to Homer Watson Park and Schneider Creek -- perfect for walks with or without your dog. If you’re looking for a quick place to eat out, you can find Tim Hortons, Pizza Pizza and Dairy Queen just a short walk away. There is also a good sushi restaurant, Bento Sushi, located only a 3-minute drive away! You’re also  very close to a Zehr’s and Shoppers Drug Mart, so grocery shopping and access to a drugstore couldn’t be more convenient.

    What are you waiting for? We know you’ll love Adanac Crossing! We hope you’ll make it your new home this year. For more information, please visit our website or call 587.355.9273 to request a viewing appointment.

  • How To Create More Living Spaces For Your Cat

    Jul 23, 2019

    Whether you live in a big house or a small apartment, your cat will want to run around and explore. Timbercreek Communities has a few suggestions for how you can make more living spaces for your cat.

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    Hammock

    You probably already know that hammocks are the ultimate relaxation items -- it’s no wonder people love them. But did you know that cats love them, too?! Create the perfect cat hammock to spoil your feline friend. By adding a piece of fabric underneath a side table or coffee table, you can make a hanging hammock and the perfect little nook for your cat. Another option is to use an old chair or table, flip it upside down and make a free standing hammock using the table as the base. Your cat will love their new lounge area!

    Window Seat

    Almost every cat loves hanging out by a window and with just a few shelves, shelf brackets and screws, you can build the perfect window seat for them. Pick a window that has wall space underneath it and screw the shelves to the wall. Another great option is to buy a sunny seat for your cat. All you have to do is mount it to the window. Now sit back, relax and let your cat enjoy the view.

    Screens

    Cats are very curious animals and sometimes they’ll find the most random things to play with. Curtains are a perfect example. They like to hide behind them, run through them and even take a nap underneath them. You can make screens with a couple of pieces of fabric and a small rod, which can serve as a quiet spot for your kitty as well as a way to hide clutter. Consider adding the curtains to a small bookshelf or open shelving unit.

    Wall Shelves

    Another way to spoil your feline friend is to create a few wall shelves specifically for your cat. Instead of a traditional cat tree, which can be bulky, a couple of shelves can be a better option -- especially in a small space. Try the Cat Cloud. It’s a good option if you want something minimal, heavy duty and easy to install. The design works with any decor style and we know your cat will love it.

    Timbercreek hopes these suggestions inspired you to create a better living space for your cat. From hammocks to wall shelves, there’s at least one option your cat will love. To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

  • Fun Summer Staycation Ideas

    Jul 19, 2019

    You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to have an amazing vacation. There’s plenty of things you can do in your hometown and you won’t have to spend all that money on travelling to a faraway place. Timbercreek Communities has four great staycation ideas for summer.

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    Set Up Your Own Water Park

    Why go to a water park when you can set up your own in your backyard or in a park? All you need is squirt guns, water balloons and maybe some buckets of water. You can set up teams and add a little bit of friendly competition and play water balloon dodgeball or freeze water gun tag. You can also grab a Bunch o Balloons - a pack of 100 balloons that you can fill with water in 60 seconds.

    Neighbourhood BBQ

    Planning or attending a neighbourhood BBQ is another great way to enjoy your time off. If you’re the one organizing it, be sure to bring lots of food to the event. Pick up some food items that are easy to grill (burgers and hot dogs are a safe bet), condiments, and whatever else you might need. Invite your neighbours and some close friends and enjoy a relaxing summer day. A neighbourhood BBQ is a great opportunity to kick back and socialize with your friends and meet new people in your area. Plus, if you have kids, they’ll love being outside. If you’re an apartment dweller, you could potentially host a resident BBQ party in the BBQ area of your complex.

    Be a Hometown Tourist

    This is your chance to rediscover your hometown! Most people don’t spend much time exploring their own city, so this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Plus, it won’t cost you very much. Pick five spots in your city that you’ve never been to before and start exploring. Visit a new-to-you neighbourhood and see what it has to offer. Another idea is to check out a museum or an art gallery, or simply try a new restaurant. The options are endless!

    Get active

    A staycation is about more than just staying at home. It’s an opportunity to get out, get active and enjoy the great outdoors. There are so many things you can do -- including playing sports in a nearby park. Whether you love to play baseball, soccer or basketball, you can play almost anywhere. You’ll just need some equipment, if you don’t already have it. The other option is to try something new. How about rock climbing, kayaking or yoga in the park?

    Camp Out

    Camping is always fun, but who said you have to drive to a campsite? You can set up your camp right in your backyard or even in your apartment’s living room. If you have a firepit, roast some marshmallows and make smores, or melt them in the microwave if you’re camping out indoors. Grab a flashlight and tell scary stories in your tent or stargaze at night. This is a great bonding activity for the whole family and you don’t have to go anywhere!

    Timbercreek hopes these fun summer staycation suggestions have inspired you to take your next vacation right here at home. We hope you have a great staycation with your family! To find your home with Timbercreek Communities, please visit our website.

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