Winterlicious High Tea at Casa Loma

Winterlicious High Tea at Casa Loma for $30 pp prix fixe. Tickets sold through Ticketmaster ended up being over $77 for two tix after all the Ticketmaster fees. You had to go pick up your tickets from a Ticketmaster outlet, and you could not do electronic tickets or pick up at Casa Loma. They really want to make it hard don’t they?

When purchasing the tickets via Ticketmaster, the web site said there were two seatings, 11:00 and 2:30, and the event went from 11-4. We bought the 2:30 seating. I called Casa Loma and asked whether we also needed to reserve a table and was told the seating time doesn’t mean anything, and you just show up any time btw 11 & 4.

We arrived shortly after 2pm and were told it would be a 45 minute wait. It was so loud and chaotic and unorganized.

We saw a bunch of empty tables, but they were all in a dark, drafty, cold hallway. We sat down anyway because we didn’t want to wait 45 minutes. DH then managed to find an open table inside a beautiful room, I think it was the library. We could see into the Conservatory which was even more beautiful, completely lit up with sunlight.

We were served six little canapés, all of which were cold or room temperature. You had to go lineup to get your tea, which was David’s Tea out of a drip canister, and there were only two choices — Earl Grey or rooibos.

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They also passed around croissants and jam and marmalade. The servers were all dressed in little French or I guess British maid costumes. Some desserts were being passed around or you could get up and go to the advertised world’s tallest cake stand and pick out some desserts.

This was my first time doing high tea. I don’t think I would go to this again. Yes it was inexpensive compared to other high teas, but you get what you pay for. The food was pretty lame as was the tea. And it was really too many people and too loud to enjoy ourselves. Trying to leave the parking lot was a nightmare too. Casa Loma is beautiful though.

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