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weekend happenings: art in a park & food in an arena

September 5

It seems that summer is not done with us yet here in Toronto and southern Ontario, and this weekend’s mild, sunny forecast is a great reason to get out to couple of happenings that celebrate local art and produce.

The Cabbagetown Art & Crafts Sale – Toronto, ON

Friday, September 5: 1.00 – 7.00 p.m.
Saturday, September 6: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Sunday, September 7: 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

This yearly sale is held in conjunction with the Cabbagetown Festival and Riverdale Farm Fall Festival and attracts over 20,000 visitors to Riverdale Park West, in the heart of this beautiful and historic Toronto neighbourhood. The sale includes a slew of artisans featuring their talents, from clothing to jewellery to art and more. I’m particularly fond of one artist’s work who will be at the sale – my friend Dan Murphy. Having known Dan for years, it’s been a pleasure to watch him develop his unique contemporary realist painting style. Be sure to say ‘hi’ when you visit his booth.

Pears In Sunglight - Dan Murphy Paintings

Hit of Red - Dan Murphy Paintings

Quatro Nipoti - Dan Murphy Painting

(Photos © Dan Murphy)

 100-Mile Diet Event – Grafton, ON

Sunday, September 7: noon – 4.00 p.m.

Just over an hour east of Toronto, the little hamlet of Grafton in Northumberland county hosts this annual market that showcases and encourages the support of local producers of food and products, some to enjoy there and of course to take home, all at reasonable small-town prices. Last year I picked up a Mason jar of some amazing, home-canned, spicy, pickled yellow beans that make a tasty and unique garnish to my favourite gin martinis.

100 Mile Diet Event - Grafton ON

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