By: Fridae Mattas
Beer Fest! Once I found out when it was I had to go, I have never in my life been to the Toronto Beer Festival so this year it was a must. The minute I found out Salt-N-Pepa were performing I was beyond thrilled, they are my childhood female Hip Hop heroes, free Beer and Salt-N-Pepa who can refuse that amazing combination? Certainly not I!
It was fabulous, everyone was so accommodating and the people were having a terrific time! After our free drink tickets were used we bought some beer tokens $20 for 20, that was a serious deal because for 2 tokens you were given a full mug. The mug was given to you as you entered and that was your beer cup for the day, there were rinse stations to clean them prior to filling them up with brew. So many different kinds of beer but I stuck to the pale ale blondes because I am not a fan of the darker beer.
First day of the festival was Friday July 27th continuing on until Sunday July 29th. Kicking off the festival was Kreesha Turner, Michie Mee, Salt N Pepa and a few others as the entertainment for the 27th, we arrived just in time for Michie Mee’s set. It was hard to find the media lounge after a few beers so I gave up on looking for it and our media escort for pit access. I decided to stay in the crowd for the Salt-N-Pepa set because I wanted to enjoy myself and not rush out of the pit like usual. Another reason for crowd blending was the filming of the hits, that would not have been possible if I was in the pit.
Salt-N-Pepa were incredible, they still could throw down after twenty five years performing classic hits like ‘Push It‘, ‘Let’s Talk About Sex‘ and ‘Whatta Man‘. The crowd couldn’t get enough of the nostalgic tunes by these two amazing ladies Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, they are working on new music coming to our ears soon! If you get a chance to see Michie Mee or Salt-N-Pepa go see them you will not be disappointed. You can find videos of the performances here and more photos at FridaeTV Facebook.
The people were having spectacular times as you can see by the photographs I shot, it was the most relaxing festival I have ever been to and I plan on hitting up Toronto’s festival of Beer again next year, as should you! Thank you so much to Sadie and everyone who helped out.