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Last October, NosyNeighbour and I attended the Craft Brewers’ Market in Hintonburg. I’d read a quick blurb somewhere so we stopped after hiking the morning away in the Gatineau Park. Nothing like sampling a few beers to rehydrate, right?

And while I’ve wandered down to Winterlude three times this year (that’s what happens when you have photo assignments for class!), I didn’t hear about this new event until after the fact:

I know there’s a lot happening for Winterlude, but I find the NCC’s web site isn’t well organized. At the start of Winterlude I tried to find out whether there were fireworks. I still don’t know if they had any. So, here’s the new event I missed (from the NCC’s web site buried at the bottom of a page).



Ottawa’s newest annual craft beer festival is here!

On the final weekend of Winterlude, join the award-winning team from National Capital Craft Beer Week for two days of fun and activities.

  • Celebrate the 200th anniversary of craft brewing in Canada’s Capital Region with fantastic seasonal craft brewed beer and artisanal food.
  • Warm up to a hot beer, or enjoy one of your craft-brewed favourites from around the region and beyond.
  • Cheer on your favourite team during our winter games, and participate in the largest snowman building competition around!
  • Enjoy our on-site sugar bush in the beauty of Ottawa’s oldest pedestrian mall.

We have fun planned for adults and kids alike. Age of majority is required to enjoy the beer.

Activities are free; however, attendees will need to purchase the official festival glass in order to buy beer, as well as festival tokens to sample beer and food.

Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17
11:30 am to 9 pm

Presented by the National Capital Craft Beer Week in collaboration with the Downtown Rideau BIA.

If anybody reading this attended, let me know if it was any good. Hopefully next year I’ll hear about it BEFORE it happens!


I have to admit that I’ve been meaning to post for a while. In fact, my plan was to blog even more after I left work. Well, I’ve been busy enjoying life, which is more than I can say when I was at work.

So here’s what’s new around the hood:

The Flying Banzini is moving into the former location of Collected Works on Wellington. This restaurant is all about meat, something NosyNeighbour will appreciate. I’ve walked by a couple of times and will follow along on their blog as they move from conception to restaurant opening.

In the quest for taking some photos for my photography class, I took a very cold slippery walk along the Ottawa River on Monday. It made me wonder why the NCC doesn’t do more for this valuable recreational green space. Either plow it and install wind blocks so cyclists can use it all winter, or open up the parking lots so people can snowshoe and ski in the winter.

I was surprised that I one jogger, one snowshoer and one pedestrian in my travels. It was incredibly cold on the fingers trying to set up my camera to take “selective motion” pictures of the rapids. But I am getting better with the camera. When I get really good, I’ll post a link to some pics.

Some funny things have happened since I stopped working. When I went grocery shopping a few Fridays ago, I accidentally bought day old bread because I didn’t know the date. I had to argue with cashier saying it was on sale, despite what it said on the label. She gave it to me at a reduced price, so at least I didn’t pay full price for day old bread, but it made me think that I’ll have to check the date before I buy next time.

I’ve also noticed that old Italian ladies like me in the store. At a recent visit to Walmart, one approached me about plant food. She wanted to know if the liquid had to be diluted. So I read the bottle for her and confirmed that yes it would. Then she asked what the difference was between two packages of plant spikes. I replied that it was the price, smiling to myself. She wanted to know if there was a difference other than price. So I told her she’d be paying for the Miracle Gro name. We both bought the cheaper spikes.

I’m still trying to establish a schedule for my life. I was someone who loved structure, but I’m not so sure now. I used to be a morning person, but when NosyNeighbour suggested leaving at 6 a.m. for our day trip to Whiteface over the weekend, I thought he was off his rocker. Then he asked me to drive there, and I really had to wonder what he was on. I did manage to drive part way there. And I wished I’d brought my new camera. We saw the most amazing sunrise. You’ll just have to take my word on it. It was a bit challenging driving because it was typically right in your face as you came up over the top of a hill.

Anyways, I’ve blogged now. So I don’t feel so guilty.


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