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Winterlicious among the events in Toronto this weekend

Last Updated Jan 25, 2019 at 5:58 am EST

One of the culinary events at Winterlicious 2019 is Dinner with the Mackenzies at Mackenzie House. HANDOUT/City of Toronto/Flickr

If winter has you singing the blues, maybe it is time for you to change your playlist. Several events are taking place in Toronto this weekend that are sure to make you do the happy dance.

If you are looking to escape from this winter weather, don’t hibernate. Instead, warm up with some comfort food at one of the nearly 200 restaurants taking part in Winterlicious this year. The foodie event starts Friday and runs until Feb. 7. The three-course prix fixe lunch menus priced at $23, $28 and $33 or dinner menus priced at $33, $43 and $53. This year, there will be several food experiences to enjoy, including Dinner with the Mackenzies at Mackenzie House, A Culinary Tour of Toronto at the Palais Royale, Afternoon Tea at Casa Loma, Savour St. Lawrence Market, to name a few.

Afternoon tea at Casa Loma
A pot of tea can do wonders for the soul, and what better place to have it than at the historic Casa Loma. Enjoy a selection of tea and baked goods including crumpets, scones, pastries, mini croissants. There will also be those delightful tea sandwiches. The tea service, which is part of Winterlicious, takes place this weekend and next. The cost is $40, which also includes admission to the castle and grounds. Reservations are required.

Happy Place
This is the last weekend to experience Happy Place at Harbourfront Centre. This interactive, immersive exhibit sold out in Los Angeles and Chicago. It features multi-sensory, larger-than-life displays including the world’s largest indoor Confetti Dome, seven-foot stilettos made of a million candies (seriously), and a huge rubber ducky bathtub of fun!

Toronto Pug Grumble
Calling all Pug lovers! This Sunday is the monthly Pug meet-up at the Dog Bowl in Trinity Bellwoods Park. This Toronto Pug Grumble is your chance to surround yourself in a pile of cuddly, snorting puppies, or bring your own and meet a new friend. You’ll even have a chance to pet Helmut The Pug of Instagram fame in person. The event runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Winter Craft Beer Festival
A liquid sweater could be one way to warm up this weekend. The Roundhouse Winter Craft Beer Festival takes place this Saturday. The first 500 guests at 255 Bremner Blvd. will receive a free toque, which will come in handy since the festival takes place outside. Enjoy delicious winter food and wash it down with great craft beers from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available at the gate, but they are limited.