Garden Bloggers Fling - Day 1 (Evening)
I had been planning to include our last destination in my Toronto Island post, but felt that it was long enough already, so I decided to do a separate post for the final event of the day - the Buzztini.
Destination #5 – Buzztini at the Fairmont Royal York
Bloggers were on their own for dinner that first day and then met back up at the Royal York for an après-dinner event, a Buzztini, which featured honey infused concoctions. Unfortunately, I missed the presentation part of the evening – another blogger and I went for dinner at a local restaurant and there was an excessively long wait for our food. How long is excessive? We didn’t keep track of the time but it was well over an hour. Even though we didn't complain (other than asking when our meal would be arriving a few times), the server must have also thought it was a bit much as she cut our bill in half with no prompting from us. Very nice of them, but I was still very disappointed that we ended up missing out on the "bee talk".
The Royal York set up a honeybee aviary on its rooftop seven years ago, consisting of 6 hives. Last year, a “bee hotel” was added in an effort to attract and provide a resting spot for wild bees, essential pollinators that have suffered a rapid decline in recent years. We had a wonderful, albeit distant, view of the hives from the windows of the banquet room we were in:
|Rooftop Bee Hotels|
|Rooftop Raised Beds|
|Mingling over honey infused drinks & nibbles|
So that brings us to the end of Day One. Helen Battersby, our wonderful coordinator, had already warned us that this had been the “slow day” of the fling. As I plopping down in a seat on the GO train home, I was both exhausted and excited about what I would see in the days to come.
Till next time…