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Canada Day 2020

Alcohol free Canada Day

It's possible we are willing an end to 2020, which is why time seems to be moving so quickly. Canada Day is already upon us! And although our troubles are by no means over, things have certainly improved and that is cause enough for celebration.... carefully. We'll be open to serve you from noon to 5pm.

We are 100% behind our friends here on Roncy who are eager to welcome customers back to their patios and take advantage of this great summer weather. We know they're working hard to ensure they can operate safely but part of the responsibility for making sure we don't experience the spikes seen in some U.S. cities rests with all of us - make sure you're following public health guidelines and taking all necessary precautions. Of course, alcohol is a great disinhibitor so sometimes it can cloud that situational awareness that is so important right now.

So, if you're out on those patios, go easy! Maybe alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. And if you're hosting your bubble of friends or family this Canada Day, make sure you provide non-alcoholic alternatives. We have a bunch - including some bubbly ones!

Partake's range of alcohol-free beers are a Canadian success-story that have set the standard for booze-free brews (say that three times fast!) and have become one of our biggest sellers;

Seedlip is a top-of-the-line gin replacement with three distinct flavour profiles that can bring a taster's subtlety and sophistication to a variety of alcohol-free cocktails;

Töst and Gruvi Prosecco substitutes bring life to the party and the palate;

and our wide range of bitters and flavour syrups from Prosyro, Sobri, Dillon's, Fee Brothers and many others can even make soda water the star of the show.

 

 

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Something Saucy for Father's Day

Father's Day Sauces

Honestly, we know many of our customers personally and we recognize people don't fall into neat stereotypes. And yet, when Mother's Day and Father's Day come around - even without our mentioning anything or making special displays - people tend to default to some of the stereotypical gifts. In this case, the DAD=BBQ stereotype. Keep in mind, if you don't to give them to dad, they're still delicious for whoever wants to use them!

SO, with that proviso, here are some of the items we know are going to be popular for Father's Day this coming Sunday:


From out Hamilton way, the latest in the line-up from small batch ketchup producers "Twisted Tomato" series, including Chipotle, Garlic, Bacon and - our favourite - Dill Pickle flavours. New to the series this year also are Buffalo Dill wing sauce and a Sauerkraut and Horseradish Mustard!

Stonewall Kitchen has a huge line of products available at their own retail stores in the U.S. We're just offering this carefully curated selection of BBQ sauces, including Bourbon-Molasses and Honey-Sriracha.

And finally, a couple of DIY brothers with roots in Montréal's food community bring a purist's attitude to their beautiful Smoke Show hot sauce. First of all, jalapeños and smoke. That's kind of it. Plastic squeeze bottle (like our friends at Heartbeats) because that just makes sense and is more elegant and easy for everyday use. And NO SKULLS OR CROSSBONES! Frankly, everyone in hotsauceland is trying to outdo themselves with the graphics to make you think something is going to take your head off. What's the point of that? These guys just deliver great flavour in a convenient, tasteful and tasty format. The Father's Day gift pack includes the basic Jalapeño Sauce, the Jalapeño BBQ Sauce and the Jalapeño Aioli.

If dad isn't the BBQ master at your house, pick yourself one (or all) of these great sauces) and serve them to Dad on Sunday - that makes it still a Father's Day Gift!

 

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'Tis the Season

We're always excited by the arrival of a new issue of the LCBO's Food & Drink magazine - for great recipes and serving suggestions as well as hot tips on new wine releases, cocktails, producer profiles and much more. But we're especially excited for this issue because we're IN IT!
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