The Stop Night Market 2014


There are few things we love more than an all-you-can-eat-and-drink food event, but if that food event also happens to be supporting a worthy cause? All the better!

Image courtesy of Jason Finestone

Image courtesy of Jason Finestone

Wednesday night saw us at the second evening of the The Stop Community Food Centre’s Night Market. The Stop’s Night Market takes place in Honest Ed’s Alley in Toronto and spans across two nights, and sees more than 50 of Toronto’s top chefs serving up incredible food, top-notch Canadian booze purveyors pouring freely, and some enthusiastic live music performances.

Photo courtesy of Jason Finestone.

The Ontario Cider Association serving up some local ciders! Photo courtesy of Jason Finestone.

All proceeds raised through the Night Market ticket sales support The Stop’s diverse programs, including their drop-in meals program, their healthy food bank, perinatal program, community advocacy, local food market, community cooking programs, sustainable food systems education, community gardening programs, and their state-of-the-art greenhouse and composting demonstration centre.

Both nights saw a generous amount of rain, but nothing seemed to be able to dampen the spirits of the event’s attendees! There was such an abundance of amazing food, the only real problem was how to store it all in your belly and leave room for seconds!

Insanely tasty Mustard Spaztle with lleek, chive, lemon creme fraiche, and pretzel bits from Whipporwhill. Photo courtesy of Jason Finestone>.

Mustard Spaztle with leek, chive, lemon creme fraiche, and pretzel bits (!) from Whipporwhill. Photo courtesy of Jason Finestone.

Each of the vendors were peddling their wares from carts that had been custom-designed for them by local designers. All of them were incredible looking, but my favourites were the two that incorporated herbs from The Stop�s own greenhouse (Charlotte Langley’s and La Cubana�s booths). As someone whose patio garden is always in need of a few more herbs, it was a delight to be encouraged to take the plants home at the end of the night!

All smiles from chef Charlotte Langley and her team!

All smiles from chef Charlotte Langley and her team!

Greenhouse goods on display at La Cubana's booth! Image courtesy of Jason Finestone.

Greenhouse goods on display at La Cubana’s booth! Image courtesy of Jason Finestone.

All in all, it was a terrific evening! The Stop’s Events and Fundraising Coordinator, Lianne Holland, happens to be a friend of mine, and when asked how she felt the Night Market was going she said: “Everyone’s energy is so positive. It’s so beautiful to see Torontonians come together as a community to support a good cause.”A�Her sentiment seemed to be echoed by everyone around her–chefs, sous-chefs, volunteers, and attendees alike were all sporting the relaxed smiles of people having a great time!

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There are dozens of other terrific food events taking place across the province this summer! Don’t miss out–you can find them all in our events calendar!

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