You know that saying "Better late than Never?" - well say hello to my "Stop's Night Market" Post. Yes, I am aware this event happened last month and I'm a wee bit late on the post - but I had to share the food porn and the amazing cause behind this two day eating extravaganza! Before I get into the nitty gritty - enjoy the food porn and I'll see you at the end of the tunnel...
416 Snackbar: Korean Fried Chicken
Momofuku: Brisket with Tiger Vegetables
Momofuku: Cuttlefish Salad
Tori's Bakeshop: Mini strawberry cream and Vanilla Bean donuts
Paulette's: Garam Masala Donut
Yours Truly: Mechoui Lamb, Goat's yoghurt, flatbread & pickles
GwaiLo: Spicy wontons with crispy onions and toasted nuts
The Drake: Shrimp Roll
Farmhouse Tavern: Barnyard Burger - beefy patty, goat cheese, pork belly, fried quail egg .
Delica Kitchen: Tandoori duck breast with mango slaw, curried almonds
Pizzeria Libretto: Meatball with Ricotta
Sullivan & Bleeker: Mini Red Velvet + Mini Cookie Dough cupcakes
Arisu: Grilled Beef Short Ribs , Pork Belly & green onion roll, Bibimbap
Babi & Co: Shredded Chicken on a Chinese fried Bun
The Gabardine: Ontario Pickerel Tikka with Puffed Rice
Phew! Congratulations you made it to the end of the post! I'm a little embarassed to say I even omitted a few pics to keep this post "short & quick". LOL!
Let me tell you what happens when more than 60 chefs and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts (designed by local designers) pack into the back parking lot of Honest Ed's? - It quickly becomes my most favourite summer culinary event. This event has definitely spoiled me when it comes to any other food event - the line ups were short and the food and drinks were free flowing - it was everything I ever wanted in a food festival.
Besides the amazing food & drinks - me stuffing my face was actually benefitting someone else - the Stop Commnity Food Center is an amazing local charity that "thrives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality". The two day event raised $80,000. Tickets were $50 and it was all you could eat and drink - at least till the vendors ran out of food.
The Stop did an incredible job running the event. I walked in thinking it was going to be a complete shit show and a feeding frenzy. In fact, the crowds were calm and the line ups were decent and only about two or three stands ran out of food/drinks - two hours into the event - not too bad.
Look out for this event next year - where I'm actually considering buying tickets to BOTH days!