On that note, here’s six things we learned — and everything we ate — at this year’s extravaganza:
Always leave room for dessert. At events like this, it’s easy to get carried away and skip the sweet stuff. But with wizard’s like Miriam Streiman of Mad Maple Country Inn serving tangy strawberry rhubarb parfaits with pink peppercorn meringues & maple crumb — you’d be the fool.
If you skewer it, they will come. Between Hawthorne Food & Drink’s Sapsucker Boudin Blanc Corn Dogs — a match made in #FeastOn heaven — the bacon wrapped morsels plus sangria watermelon from Carmen and the jerk chicken boa from Patois, we were all about the skewered bites.
Meat masters, uh-cut, cut faster. We fell head over heels for FARMHOUSE Tavern’s hand-cut Ontario beef tartare with truffles, and then fell again for the home style meatballs and marinara by the team from Bespoke Butchers.
Fried Chicken is king. Folks flocked to the Art Gallery of Ontario’s booth — who was serving a pomegranate glazed version — and that of Bar Fancy, with line ups snaking between booths to munch on their wildly delicious concoctions.
#RoseAllDay, still. There’s something perfect about a warm summer night and a cold glass of rose. Lucky for us, Adamo Estate Winery and Malivoire Wines were on hand with their 2014 Rosé Underdog and new 2015 Vivant Rosé, respectively.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Richmond Station returned with a fresh take on their super popular veggie shwarma from 2015. They were fresh, tangy and topped with just the right amount of turnip. But hey, like they say — you shouldn’t mess with a good thing.
The Stop is proud to be the founding affiliate of Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC) and works collaboratively with CFCC to share what we’ve learned to build stronger, healthier communities from coast to coast. Community Food Centres Canada is our 2016 Charity of Choice. That means that a portion of all public events we host goes to supporting their good food work.