Website: http://nightmarket.thestop.org/, #TheStopNM
Location: 158 Sterling Rd., Toronto, ON
Event Date: June 14th and 15th, 2016. 7 pm to 11 pm
Ticket Prices: $100 for all-you-can-eat and drink. 19+
This is my 2nd year attending The Stop’s Night Market (read about the 2015 experience), not only was the event a success, they were able to raise $215,000 in support of their critical food access and community building programs!
The event once again was held in an industrial lot in the heart The Junction neighbourhood. Same street as last year but in a larger space. The event featured 70 chefs, 20 local beverage vendors, and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers. Going on the first night of the event, I lucked out with spectacular summer weather with clear skies.
The Stop’s Night Market is truly a spectacular event that brings people from across the city together to fight hunger, build hope, and inspire change. There were so many vendors with generous portions but thankfully I had Linda of Starving Foodie and Vickie of Kiki’s BFF blog to share the dishes with! Aside from the food and drinks, having great company makes for a memorable event.
This year, there were many restaurants highlighting trout. It was cool to see the Chefs transform the trout in different ways including smoked trout from The Commodore, cured Ontario trout from Scout Canning, and crispy trout taco from Dailo. Lots of beverage vendors were present including Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co., House spirits Distillery, Great Lakes Brewery, Hidden Bench and Boodles Gin.
Here were the 7 most memorable dishes for me:
1.Enoteca Sociale – Tuna Conserva
2. Rose and Sons- Smoked chicken wings with Alabama BBQ sauce
3. The Stop CFC (The Stop’s own community Chef)- Beet cured trout, beet labneh on sourdough rye cracker
4. Barque-Chipotle BBQ pork taco
5. Mad Maple Country Inn- Vanilla cream, strawberry rhubarb and maple sugar meringues
6. Rasa– Crispy brussel sprouts and cauliflower cheese
7. Hopgood’s Foodliner-Donair poutine
Having local designers create one-of-a-kind food carts make for a nice event space, but also makes the event stand out from other events with generic carts.
I leave you with more drool worthy photos of the event! Full list of the vendors including restaurants, caterers and beverage carts here.
I hope to see you next year!
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* Disclosure: My admission was complimentary but the opinions in the post are my own.