SPICE UP FEBRUARY: This year marks the 35th anniversary of Toronto’s infamous Patty Wars. The Jamaica Tourist Board will mark the occasion with a giveaway of delicious Jamaican patties, while celebrating the city’s unique connection to Jamaican cuisine.

In recognition of Toronto’s annual Patty Day, the island destination has teamed up with local patty vendor Patties Express to give out 500 free patties (limit of one per customer) starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 23 (we’ll be there early—don’t butt the line). The first 500 customers to arrive at the Patties Express takeout shop at 4 Elm Street will be treated to a free signature Jamaican beef patty, featuring savoury spiced ground meat wrapped in a flaky pastry crust.

“Patties are a staple part of Jamaican cuisine and the people of Toronto have embraced this iconic pastry in a big way,” says Angella Bennett, Regional Director, Canada, for the Jamaica Tourist Board. “We encourage all Torontonians to celebrate Patty Day on February 23 and savour the unique island flavours of Jamaica.”

We’re going to enjoy our delicious patty in the cold winter air while dreaming of the majestic waterfalls, sandy beaches, and hot hot heat of our imaginary vacation in Jamaica. It’s on the bucket list!