Having been an attendee since the photo and video expo's first year of realization, I can profess that major improvements have been made with each passing year.
Those that attend are primarily photographers or videographers by trade, the turnout also comprises of younger faces - students and/or aspiring filmmakers. I remain an enthusiast, for drawing upon a hobby as a source of income seems to evict all enjoyment for me. Equipment testing is my main goal of the event; being able to discover, then depart with a sense of enrichment is always something to look forward to.
For the first time ever arose the desire to tune in for the Distillery District's edition.
around. A highly applaudable initiative, it allowed visitors to enjoy the brewery's seasonal A Winter's Ale launch alongside gingersnap cookies, complimentary of The Sweet Escape. A toasty interior filled with flickering lights, a subtle buzz of collective contentment, and spice-infused ale was a swell way to ease ourselves into jovial spirits.
Frankly, the $13.85 specimen was less of a grilled cheese and more of a panini-style pressed sandwich. Fillings were few and stringy cheese was minimal; where it lacked in butteriness, it was compensated in supplying steam and cranberry-topped turkey.
"What does the Christmas Market mean to you?"
"Would you recommend the market to others?"
"What do the holidays, in general, mean to you?"
It wasn't until I began to respond to such questions that I was prompted to ponder the topic at a deeper level. The Toronto Christmas Market is an inaugural part of the snowy season, as well as an annual tradition for many. The event is a fun-filled foundation for Christmas celebrations, despite the preposterously frigid temperatures that accompanies it each year and a time that enables - and further encourages - friends of all levels of familiarity to congregate for a shared purpose.
As this year's temperatures were much milder in comparison, we opted for ice cream - Sakekasu Ice Cream, that is. The Green Tea had fared wonderfully as a summertime treat, and the Lemon didn't disappoint either.