We’ve all been there. It’s summer. It’s hot. And you find yourself sitting on a couch surrounded by family or friends sweating your brains out, bored. Predictably, some one asks, “What do you want to do?” And with the same level of predictability the response, “I dunno?” We've all struggled with summer time boredom and we all need to listen up. Summer is the best season - Lets Not Waste It! Get off that couch, wipe the sweat from your brow, and head out side for some summer fun. Here’s my 5 delicious and refreshing ideas for summer.
1. Food Truck Festivals
I honestly don’t know of a better way to spend a summer evening. There’s something magical about food trucks isn’t there? They deliver delicious food that makes you want to come back for more, summer’s comfort food! I love them and I think you will too. I went to a couple last year and had a blast. You can read about one of my experiences here. Here’s a small list that are coming up in and around the GTA this summer and make sure to check for one in your area.
1. Toronto Food Truck Festival. July 29-31 http://torontofoodtruckfestival.com
2. Pickering Food Truck Festival. August 5-7 http://buttertartfestival.ca/index.php
3. CNE Food Truck Frenzy. August 26-27 http://theex.com/main/food/food-truck-frenzy
2. Beer/Cider Festivals
These festivals are always a good and never bad decision. If you still haven’t made it out to one then get to one this summer. There’s so many now that it’s only your own fault if you don’t get to one. I unfortunately missed my local one last year but I was able to go 2 years ago and it was killer. If you'd like you can read about my experience from then here. Here’s three that I definitely want to make it out to this summer.
1. Toronto Craft Beer Festival. June 17-18 http://www.tcbf.ca
2. Durham Craft Beer Festival. July 9 http://durhamcraftbeer.com
3. Toronto Cider Festival. August 27, http://www.torontociderfestival.com
3. Gourmet S’mores
S’mores could be considered the dessert of the summer maybe only rivalled by Ice Cream. The thing I love most about them, other than taste, is how communal they are. I don’t know anyone who makes these bad boys alone. If you do, you may have a problem, just saying. Whether in your back yard, cottage or camping, S’mores are meant to be enjoyed with family and friends. Here’s my fun spin on a summer classic, Gourmet S’mores. What unique combinations can you come up with?
4. Cottage/Camping Trips
Need I say more? Get out there and enjoy nature, swim in a lake, eat gourmet s’mores ;), go on a hike, or just sun bathe until you’re crispier than fried chicken. The choice is yours and you won’t regret it. I promise. There’s so many cottages you can rent and so many quality provincial parks you can utilize for a weekend away. Oh and bring a camera so you can take awesome photo’s of nature like this one I took when I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s cottage last summer.
5. Brew Cider.
This is probably the simplest and most satisfying thing you could do with your friends this summer. I personally like cider over beer on really hot days because it sweet, crisp and, to me, more refreshing. Plus it’s really easy to flavour with whatever you’d like. For example, my last batch I made was a peppered strawberry cider and it turned out great. The best part is when it’s done fermenting you can have a BBQ and enjoy the fruits of your labour. If you’ve been thinking about getting into home brewing Cider is a great way to enter in. All you need is apple juice, yeast, a carboy, and an airlock which only costs, for a 5 gallon batch, $50.00. No pretence, just deliciously refreshing cider. You can follow one of my recipes here if you are looking for ideas.
So there you have it, my 5 delicious and refreshing ideas for summer.
Happy Summer everyone!