519 Day 2023 – It’s a celebration of Windsor, Ontario!

519 Day takes place every year on May 19 (5/19) which corresponds with the area code in Windsor Essex.  

On Friday, May 19, 2023, the 519 Day Party is a free event that will take place at WindsorEats, 400 Erie Street East, from 5 p.m. to midnight and will include live local music, special cocktail menus featuring local beverages, a market alley with local vendors, local food, Windsor themed trivia.

Food vendors include Rico Taco, Robbie’s Gourmet Sausage Co., and Vittorio’s on the Go. Dean Lister, aka Professor Zaaa from Armando’s in Amherstburg, will be offering pizza. 

A 519 market will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and include . . .

  • Denial Art
  • What’s Poppin’ Popcorn Factory
  • Rare Apparel 
  • Pawsitively A Dog Thing
  • Whiskeyjack Boutique 
  • Sweet Revenge Bake Shop 
  • Montaneros Coffee
  • Edmunds & Co. Wood Craft 

Live music will include former radio host, Greg Gnyp, spinning his favourite tunes, former The Loop DJ, Stephen Hargraeves, will be playing The Loop classics from his time at the iconic Windsor nightclub, and Windsor’s, Huttch will be bringing their “Sam Roberts meets The Bee Gees” style fresh off a US tour with The Trews.

Get a 519 Tattoo

Get flash Windsor-themed tattoos on site. Heather Thibert of Tall Tide Tattoo will be set up on site offering real black and white Windsor-themed flash tattoos to any guests brave enough to get one. You’ll be able to choose a slice of pizza, whisky bottle, a 519, and more and be able to show off your Windsor pride to all.

Windsor Themed Cocktails

WindsorEats has collaborated with a few amazing Windsorites to create three cocktails that pay homage to those that are an inspiration to the city.

The Dr. Don is a black Manhattan made with Lot 40 Dark Oak, Amaro, Angostura bitters and orange bitters, on the rocks, and is named after Dr. Don Livermore, the Master Blender at J.P. Wiser’s. Dr. Don Livermore is the Master Blender for J.P. Wiser’s, the largest distillery in North America that’s located right here in Windsor. He is a literal expert in whiskey-making and aging with a Bachelor’s in microbiology — as well as an MS and Ph.D in Brewing and Distilling from Edinburgh’s Heriot Watt University. The man is a rockstar in the whisky world, travelling all around the globe to showcase the amazing golden nectar of the gods that he creates right here in Whiskytown, Canada.

The Dan MacDonald is sweet and fruity just like our favourite AM800 radio host (he approved this messaging!) with vodka, Licor 43, strawberry syrup, topped with lemonade. Dan MacDonald is the host of “The Dan MacDonald Show” on AM800 CKLW and just a lover of everything Windsor and local. He’s a huge advocate for LGBTIQA+ and a supporter of the arts and culture communities in Windsor. Oh, and he loves fartz.

The Irene Moore Davis Bees Knees. She’s classic, she’s classy, and we certainly think she’s the bees knees. Our Irene Moore Davis Bees Knees uses Wolfhead’s Rivers End Gin, lemon, and honey syrup. Irene is a powerhouse in the community. She’s the president of the Essex County Black Historical Research Society,and a part of the North American Black Historical Museum, the Northstar Cultural Community Centre, Leadership Windsor-Essex, BookFestWindsor, and a big part of the McDougall Street Corridor project.

Trivia Night With A Windsor Twist

Mack Flash Entertainment will host a Windsor themed trivia night beginning at 8pm.

Friday Night Lights Bike Ride

The party won’t just be at WindsorEats. The popular Friday Night Lights bike ride will depart the 519 Day Party and visit two other secret locations to support even more local businesses. The ride is a pub crawl on two wheels with participants decorating their bikes in bright, colourful lights. Tickets for this ride must be purchased in advance at WindsorEats.

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