It was worth the drive. With free admission, free parking, and no sampling tickets to contend with (you could simply hand over cash to the vendors, eliminating the need to somehow use up those pesky leftover tickets), this was a very low-risk event to begin with and the great food on site pushed it into the winning territory. Prices were very reasonable, dishes were varied and delicious, and the crowds manageable. Some of the vendors sold out (this was towards the end of the event) and there were a few line-ups for the popular items, but these were totally manageable and moved quickly, and there was plenty of other deliciousness to compensate for the items we didn't get to try. My friend and I had a great time and would both go again next year if the event returns.
I was actually quite surprised to discover that this event was organized by Youth in Business, as I've been to larger professionally-run events that left a lot to be desired. These guys knocked it out of the park. Well-run, good social media presence, and fabulous exposure for small-scale food entrepreneurs. I hope they meet their goal of making this an annual event and growing it further. Best of luck to them!
WHAT: TO Food Fest
WHERE: Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto
WHEN: June 23, 2013
INSIDER TIPS: Go! And bring some cash (and possible a blanket to roll around on the grass in between sampling). It's a very unpretentious, relaxed community atmosphere and an enjoyable way to spend the day. Or you can be in and out in about an hour if you're in a rush. Either way, delicious.
|Liquid nitrogen ice cream in the making|
|Loading up on free San Pellegrino|
|I don't care how long the line is when there is pulled pork involved|