Founded in 1832, Toronto's Distillery District is the former Gooderham and Worts liquour distillery factory. Stone buildings from the mid-19th century centered around an historic windmill have been carefully restored and now opeate like a small village where you can find beer, chocolate, theatre and art. No chain stores or franchise operations here! The commercial area is populated with boutique stores, art galleries and restaurants. Mixed in are artist studios and crafted condominiums around the site means constant foot traffic through the area. Open year round, the Distillery Historic District has the feeling of an old European city. It has been described as a 'wonderland or fantasyland'.
On Labour Day weekend, Artfest Toronto lines the streets of the Distillery with artisan tents where fine art, crafts and gourmet food from some of Ontario and Quebec's finest craftspeople can be had.