6 Things We Learned At The Stop’s Night Market

Last week we had the pleasure of attending what might very well be Toronto’s favorite food events. Now in it’s 5th year, The Stop Night Market is 2 days, 70 chefs, 20 drinks vendors, and 35 one-of-a-kind food carts created by local designers all crammed into one abandoned lot in The Junction Triangle. It’s also so much more then the sum of it’s parts. The event is crucial to the Community Food Centre’s fundraising efforts and raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for programs, drop in kitchens and gardens each year. This year, guests raised $215,000 for their critical programs.  It’s thoughtful events like these that have ensured that The Stop Community Food Centre has been at the forefront of dignified, innovative programs that provide access to healthy food for over 30 years. It’s a place to build skills, health, hope, and community; a place to confront the underlying issues that lead to poverty and hunger.
madmaple On that note, here’s six things we learned — and everything we ate — at this year’s extravaganza:
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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. cfcc-logo
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