Food, clothes, and jewelry came together at Winter Fest 2019. The networking event organized by Events Ontario’s Ayeesha Naeem and Yasmeena Menon brought together a wide variety of businesses for an afternoon of networking and workshops.
Winter Fest started in 2016, as a smaller event organized a wintry evening in December. “We had a lot of vendors that said you know what? In winter we really don’t have much to do, we don’t mind being part of the team,” Menon explained. The workshops developed as a way to support their vendors, and keeping people interested. “These businesses need support, so that’s how we do business coaching for them,” she said. They teach everything from how to advertise, to how to properly do their taxes.