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Toronto Life’s ultimate Father’s Day gift boxes

We’ve teamed up with Foodiepages.ca to help you give your dad (or uncle or brother or grandpa) the best Father’s Day gift he could ask for. We’re offering two packages full of Canadian-made deliciousness, so that makes two gift ideas way better than that #1 Dad mug you were considering because maybe he’ll think it’s cute in an ironic way—he won’t.

Toronto Life' s ultimate Father's Day gift boxes
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Get your pop all up in his own grill with this fantastic package chock full of our curated selection of sauces, spices and condiments made by emerging independent producers. It’s everything he needs for the perfect Father’s Day cookout. $70 plus tax and shipping.

299° Chicken + Rib Rub, Barque Smokehouse One of the west-end barbecue joint’s most versatile in-house rubs, 299° is great on chicken, ribs and veggies. It can be added during the cooking process or as a seasoning afterwards.

Silo Stout BBQ Sauce, South Pond Farms Sweet and slightly spicy with a hint of smokiness, South Pond’s barbecue sauce is made with a stout from neighbouring Peterborough brewery Publican House.

Homestyle Ketchup, Nanny Hudson Made with Ontario tomatoes and only four other ingredients, this ketchup won the crowd-sourced Foodie-Approved Award which recognizes the best artisanal foods in Canada.

Top-Secret Rub, Flock Rotisserie and Greens We got our hands on chef Cory Vitiello’s top-secret, not-for-sale chicken rub so that you can experience the deliciousness of Flock in your own home.

Canadian Maple Mustard, Smak Dab Pure maple syrup adds Canadian flare to this Winnipeg-made mustard. Try it with roast pork, chicken wraps, roasted vegetables or sweet potatoes, for some added depth.

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Sweet Pickles, Crown Pickles Not a fan of sweet pickles, you say? Not so fast. These less-cloying cornichons will convert even the most devoted dill lover.

Hot Honey, County Yum Club Infused with chilies, horseradish and ginger, this raw Prince Edward County honey goes great with pizza, chicken, ribs or roasted veggies. It would also make a sweet addition to your next cheese board.    

Toronto Life' s ultimate Father's Day gift boxes
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If your dad isn’t the barbecuing type but he still loves to snack, this box has him covered. It’s filled with a whole whack of sweet, savoury and salty things for him to nosh on while he’s watching a game or bingeing the latest Netflix original. $60 plus tax and shipping.

100% Canadian Beef Jerky, Bay Meats This Thunder Bay company smokes their own meat using only the highest quality Canadian beef.

Craft Beer and Pretzel Caramels, Sweet & Simple Co. Infused with Quebec-brewed St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout and made in Hamilton, these small-batch caramels are the perfect mix of sweet and salty.

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Sweet and Spicy Pretzel Mix, Le Dolci Bake Shop This pretzel mix from the Trinity Bellwoods bakery features a kick of cayenne, along with the sweet flavours of cinnamon, caramel and brown sugar.

Island Mix, Lucky Fox Snack Co. PEI-produced butter goes into this gourmet caramel corn.

Charcuterie, Seed to Sausage Know what’s better than a great sausage? Two great sausages. Aged-and-dried chorizo infused with a selection of smoked peppers (ancho, chipotle, paprika) goes great with a hoppy beer (or three); and the garlicky, peppery French-style salami begs to be paired with sharp cheese.

Hazelnut Dragées, Shoko Chocolates Crafted in Toronto, these bite-sized confections are candied, hand-tumbled in a gianduja biscuit crunch, then finished with a thin layer of chocolate and a dusting of cocoa powder.

Also included with the purchase of each box is a copy of Toronto Life’s Eating and Drinking 2017, our annual indispensible guide to the city’s best restaurants, bars and food shops. Quantities are limited, so buy The Cookout or Father’s Yay box now!

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