Summer 2015 is so close that we can practically smell the sunscreen, taste those patio Long Island Iced Teas, and hear the guitars at the Molson Amphitheatre.
And it’s about time.
After all, there’s really no better time to live in Liberty Village than in the lazy, hazy days of summer.
Here are just 9 reasons to love living in Liberty Village this summer.
Summer is synonymous with summer-fresh fruits, veggies, and jams. With our very own farmers market located at the Green P on Hanna Street, it doesn’t get more “local,” if that’s what you’re looking for (unless, of course, you opt to grow your own food on your balcony). The vibrant weekly market returns on Sunday, June 1st.
If you’re in the mood for a memorable Sunday funday (and who isn’t?), it should probably include a trip to Williams Landing – especially if you’re single and looking. Because we live in Liberty Village, it’s easy to walk over to score a prime piece of real estate before the crowds arrive. The patio is always happening on Sundays, but avoids an over-the-top day party vibe (if that’s your thing, you can always head nearby to Muzik to channel your Vegas self for an afternoon).
If a mac ‘n cheese festival isn’t reason enough for a shamelessly indulgent cheat day, then we don’t know what is. The three-day Mac ‘n Cheese Festival goes down June 5-7, and takes over our very own Liberty Market – so you won’t have far to roll yourself home after your third gourmet lobster mac ‘n cheese.
4. We Can Walk to Concerts.
With the summer breeze and sunset backdrop, concerts at Molson Amphitheatre are simply more memorable than most. And we can avoid the traffic, steep parking rates, and cost of a cab when we walk to and from the concert. This season’s concert lineup includes Smashing Pumpkins, The Tragically Hip (appropriately, on Canada Day), Blue Rodeo, Lana Del Ray, Dave Matthews Band, and Drake’s “OVO Fest,” to name a few. With the venue so close, it’s pretty much the next best thing to having a concert in our own backyards.
Almost as exciting as the Mac ‘n Cheese Festival is the return of the Summer Craft Beer Fest, which takes over Liberty Market on the evening of Thursday, July 9th. Aside from the beer, the event will also feature live music and eats from local Liberty Market vendors. If you find yourself a little worse for wear after a few pints (it happens), you won’t have to worry about the whole “designated driver” situation – you can stumble home in a matter of footsteps.
6. Live Market Makes Healthy Picnics Easy.
If you’re in the mood for a picnic in Trinity Bellwoods Park, the Toronto Island, or anywhere else in the city, you can easily grab some pre-packaged, healthy goodness at Live Market. Their boxes and salads (all organic, and free of gluten or refined sugar) make healthy additions to a weekend picnic – and will make you feel better for bringing along some calorie-heavy “alcoholic beverages,” then chasing the ice cream truck down the street.
7. The Caesars on the Local Public Eatery Patio are Close Walk Away.
If you haven’t tried the El Caesars at Local Public Eatery, we suggest you do so immediately. With added touches like a pepperoni stick and special Mexican hot sauce, these Caesars don’t cut any corners in the cocktail department and are a perfect hangover cure. As an added bonus, they’re served in a signature boot-shaped glass. Warning: they’re stronger than they taste.
8. The Perfect Scoop Makes You the Coolest Aunt or Uncle.
When the inevitable summer ice cream cravings start, you don’t have to venture far for some quality ice cream. The Perfect Scoop features that famous Kawartha Dairy ice cream, in over 40 flavours, with gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free options available. But, of course, you already knew that. With its fun, bubby, candy jar-filled décor, a trip to Perfect Scoop pretty much makes you the coolest person ever in the eyes of your niece or nephew.
9. You Have No Reason Not to Look and Feel Your Best this Season.
It’s no wonder our neighbours are so good looking; Liberty Village is full of options when it comes to shedding that ‘hibernation season’ weight. And no, we’re not just talking about the sometimes-overwhelming Goodlife Fitness. With two yoga studios (Tula South and Liberty Movement), Joe Rockhead’s Indoor Rock Climbing, and Reebok Cross-Fit, we really have no excuse not to be active. Not to mention, our neighbourhood waterfront trail makes going for a run or bike ride so much more enticing.
There you have it. Need we say more?