|TORONTO, May 19, 2018 – It’s off to the races! Toronto’s newest society event at the races, Greenwood Stakes, has announced programming details for its inaugural festival to take place on May 26, 2018, at Woodbine Racetrack from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The afternoon will include high stakes Thoroughbred horse races, style contests, lawn games, art installations, culinary fare as well as a cocktail showcase with Toronto’s top mixologists and more!
In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Deighton Cup, dubbed by press and attendees as Vancouver’s biggest fashion and social affair of the summer, attracting more than 5,000 people every year, event producers Parade Agency and the Social Concierge are launching its sister event in Toronto, the Greenwood Stakes. Named in homage to the 19th century Greenwood Raceway that had its heyday in Toronto’s roaring 1920s, the event will bring out the see-and-be-seen crowd clad in bespoke seersucker suits, fascinators and Southern Belle-inspired finery, for a day of festivities at the track.
Tickets start at $75 and are available for purchase online at www.greenwoodstakes.com. A portion of proceeds from all ticket sales will benefit motionball for the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
Style Stakes Best Dressed Awards
The Style Stakes Best Dressed Awards challenges attendees to step up their style game and push the fashion envelope for a chance at one of two $500 cash prizes and to become Greenwood Stakes Style Ambassadors in 2019. Ten finalists (five women and five men) will be selected by a panel of tastemakers including Melissa Austria (GotStyle), Kevin Gardiner (Indochino), Lowell Hall (Ireland & Hall PR), Elise Purdon (lifestyle influencer) and a few others we¹ll be announcing exclusively on social media in the coming weeks, who will then award the coveted Belle Du Jour and Gallant Sartorialist awards, respectively.
The style competition will also be put into the people’s hands with The People’s Choice Style Stakes award, a social media competition voted on by public in the week after the event.
Cocktail Jockey Showcase
One of Deighton Cup’s fan favourite elements is coming to Greenwood Stakes: the Cocktail Jockey Showcase. Toronto’s top mixologists will shake up their own unique takes on the classic champagne cocktail, mint julep and other famous bourbon libations, to create the perfect summer refreshments inspired by recipes dating back to the early 1800s.
Led by Cocktail Director Evelyn Chick (bar manager of Pretty Ugly Bar), the Cocktail Jockey Showcase will feature cocktails crafted by Zak Doy (Figo), Casey Ryan (Civil Liberties), Sally Gillespie (Pretty Ugly) and Tyler Newsome (Bar Raval).