Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Stop's Night Market 2014 - Day 1 [EVENT]

This is the third year where The Stop Community Food Centre (@TheStopCFC) puts on one of the best food event of the year 2 days in a row for a great cause. Bringing together 60 of the city's chefs and 30 unique designed food carts for 2 magical nights.

I have been lucky to attend this amazing event three year in a row and it has grew quite in popularity with tickets being sold out within minutes. And I find myself once again glue to my computer and phone at the same time trying to get us tickets. With the tickets site crashing within minutes, I thought I didn't get the tickets but after a few hours I was told that my transaction went through and I got 2 tickets for the 1st night... Yay!!! Then my luck went further, I was offer a Media pass and won a extra one from @AbbeysKitchen for the 2nd day. I was on cloud nine (>_<)

Held once again at the iconic Honest Ed's parking lot, I was expecting to be transported to a magical place once again (see last year's post here) then came the news of severe thunderstorm warning. I end up getting wet from head to toe just from lining up outside even though I had my umbrella, so I'm sorry about the quality of the pictures since I only used my phone while the DLSR was safely tucked inside my bag.

I was starting to get worried that there won't be much food being served when the rain and win kept coming as the event start. Good thing that it stop within the first 45 minutes and all of those electrical cooking equipments are back to work. The weather was really no ones fault and everyone seems to think so. Everyone from the event goers and the vendors seems to be in a cheery mood, no one minded being wet and the puddles.  Just have to love my city and what we are willing to go through for a good time and good food.

Tickets are $65 and it's all you can eat and drink and feel free to go back for 2nd or 3rds, but frankly I didn't manage to try everything.

~ Grilled Octopus, Potato and Bacon Salad

~ Heart of Darkness Smoked Chicken Chili + Mint Cornbread

~ Smoked and Grilled Lamb Ribs w/ Cucumber Potato Salad
This was my fave of the night, wanted to go back for seconds but they were all gone.

~ Big Crow Submarine

~ Famous Steak Tartare

~ Udon Fries with Abokichi Okazu Sauce

Gwailo (@GwaiLoToronto)
~ Big Mac Bao, Ground Beef, Special Sauce, Sesame Steamed Bun

 The Stop
~ Trini Bake N' Trout, Pan-Fried Fish Cake, Vegetable Slaw, Lemon, Mayo, Scotch Bonnet Sauce

~ Caipirinha : PItu Cachaca in Brazil's most popular summer drink

~ Fish Croquette with Dill Tartar and Watermelon Radish Salad

~ Tromba Blanco, Strawberry, Lime, Basil, Pepper, Dave Mitton

~ 416 Lager, Downtown Brown ale, Boneshaker IPA

~ Chorizo Cassava and Plantain Skewers with Salsa Brava

~ Trinidadian Doubles with Roasted Pepper Sauce, Tamarind Chutney & Cucumber Salad

~ Cured Trout Sandwich

~ Montanara Fried Pizza with Tomato and Stracciatella

~ Fried Chicken Wings w/ Numbing Sichuan Pepper Salt

~ Chorizo, Salsa + Cabbage Slaw + Bun = Mouth Fiesta

 Fonda Lola (@FondaLola)
~ Grilled Chicken with Raw Mole Sauce

~ ESE Arpege Egg, Coddled Yolk, Housemade Chorizo with Whipped Goat Cheese Mash

~ Deep Fried Fish Tacos Estilo TO
That means Toronto Style! which is probably great

~ Loaded Baked Potato

 The Emerson (@EmersonToronto)
~ Braised Short Rib wrapped in Ribeye Steak

~ Wonton Nachos, Chorizo, Salsa, Cheese Sauce, Pickled Jalapenos, Crema
Because you shouldn't got to Sneaky Dee's later

~ Galettes of the Earth, Sea and Earth-Sea (Veg, Fish, Chicken)

~ Sriracha Buffalo Wings, Dill & Garlic Slaw, Neal Brother's Chip

~ Assorted Donuts

~ Organic, Naturally Colored and Flavored Cotton Candy

~ 2013 Calcaire

~ Yogurt Popsicles with Rhubarb

Neal Brothers (@nealbrothers) was once again on site to share their brand new Kettle Chip Falvors, Chef Chuck Hughes (@ChefChuckHughes)'s Srirachup and Chef Vikram Vij (@Vijs_restaurant)'s Delhi-licious.

I am always willing to give for a good cause but this time we got rewarded with good food.
Amazing people, amazing atmosphere, amazing food and drinks

Enough of the #foodporn?! Day 2 coming up real soon (^_<)

The Stop Community Food Centre Philosophy :
"We believe that healthy food is a basic human right. We recognize that the ability to access healthy food is often related to multiple issues and not just a result of low income. At The Stop, we’ve taken a holistic approach to achieve real change in our community’s access to healthy food.
We strive to meet basic food needs and, at the same time, foster opportunities for community members to build mutual support networks, connect to resources and find their voices on the underlying causes of hunger and poverty.
A key tenet of The Stop's approach is that community members must be involved in making decisions about how our organization operates. When program participants are involved -- as front-line volunteers, program advisory committee members, gardeners or cooks -- the stigma associated with receiving free food is often diminished or erased. While our food access programming helps confront the issue of hunger, it also creates opportunities for community members to forge their own responses to hunger. We believe this approach will end the way charity divides us as a society into the powerful and the powerless, the self-sufficient and the shamed. At The Stop, we are creating a new model to fight poverty and hunger: a community food centre."

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