A Night Market to Remember…

OCTA got one of the hottest tickets of the year, attending The Stop Community Food Centre’s sold out all-you-can-eat-and-drink Night Market at Honest Ed’s.

TheStopNightMarket1This year, The Stop expanded the event to two nights and raised twice as much as last year! With $115,000 raised (enough to provide three days of healthy food for 9,000 people), all these proceeds will go back to The Stop’s vital and innovative anti-hunger programs. It truly was a night to remember, where everyone involved got to feed themselves, so they could feed others.

IMG_1072The Night Market – selling out in just a mere 2 hours – occurred Jun 18th and 19th in the completely re-imagined space of Honest Ed’s alley and parking lot. The two nights featured 85 of the best chefs, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distillers from across Ontario, housed in creatively designed booths built by Toronto-based designers and architects. Each booth was unique, and the diversity of food choices was endless, evidenced in the massive line ups across Honest Ed’s. It was worth the wait!

TheStopNightMarket2This two-day fundraiser saw close to 3,500 die-hard foodies dining and wining on mouth-watering creations. From cronuts to korean fried chicken, from takoyaki to tacos, from shots to chardonnay, this $50 all-you-can-enjoy event aimed to please the masses. Going way past most people’s weekday bedtimes, The Night Market featured a big brass band, hot air balloon, and even a moveable gardening demonstration booth, showcasing The Stop’s budding urban growing projects.

IMG_1048Located in Toronto’s west end, The Stop strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds health and community and challenges inequality. Since the 1970s – starting out as a small food bank – The Stop has grown into a multi-faceted and holistic community food centre, with two locations and numerous anti-poverty programs.

TheStopNightMarket3The Stop’s main office provides frontline community services, including a drop-in, food bank, perinatal program, community action program, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, community advocacy, sustainable food systems education and urban agriculture. The Stop�s Green Barn at Wychwood Barns is a sustainable food production and education centre which houses a state-of-the-art greenhouse, food systems education programs, a sheltered garden, our Global Roots Garden, community bake oven and compost demonstration centre.

IMG_1060To see more details and pictures from the event, check out their (amazingly-designed) website or facebook! Make sure you get your tickets quickly next year, and come out to any of The Stop’s delicious events happening year round.

Good karma, good food. We tip our plates to The Stop!


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