BITS and BITES
Wine and dine by the water for a good cause
The Rotary Club of Burlington’s Lakeside à la Carte event runs Sunday, Aug. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Spencer Smith Park.
Enjoy food and drink from more than 40 local restaurants, wineries and breweries while browsing the silent auction, listening to live music and taking in the waterfront scenery. (Bonus: put your name in the raffle for Air Canada flights or a wheelbarrow stocked with wine!)
This annual summer garden party has raised more than $750,000 for charity since its inception in 1999.
Admission is $115 per person (includes a $55 tax receipt). For the full food-and-drink lineup and to purchase tickets, visit lakesidealacarte.com.
New perks for the hungry at Burlington Ribfest
Ribfest returns to Burlington on Labour Day weekend.
The Rotary Club of Burlington’s top-ranked summertime cookout of epic proportions runs Sept. 2 to 5 (Friday to Monday) at Spencer Smith Park. It’s dubbed Canada’s largest ribfest and the lineups for food can be long. If you really can’t wait to get your hands on the meat, buy a “Front of the Line” pass ahead of time for $10 for the privilege to skip the line. The pass can be applied to one or two meals purchased at the same time at any of the ribbers’ booths.
The price of the pass does not include any food or drinks.
For details visit canadaslargestribfest.com/vip-events/ and click on “Buy your front of the line pass!”
Also new for 2016 is a prepaid card for the drink tents. The cards should be available two weeks before the event, so keep an eye out on canadaslargestribfest.com to find out when you can obtain a card, register it and load it up with cash.
Fun with fermentation at teaching farm
You can preserve some of the summer harvest with the help of fermentation. Not sure where to start? Common Ground Teaching Farm in Hamilton is hosting Fun with Fermentation, a hands-on workshop for anyone keen to learn how to turn vegetables like cabbage into condiments like sauerkraut and Korean-style kimchee. You’ll get to take some home, too. Aside from being tasty, fermented foods are rich in good-for-you probiotics and vitamins. The workshop runs Saturday, Sept. 24, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. For details and prices, visit commongroundteachingfarm.com.