The Toronto International Film Festival is finally here, and that means waiting outside Yorkville hotels for prospective celebrity sightings, lining up for sold out tickets, and calling in sick for late-night work-week movie premiers. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, Toronto’s food industry has been working overtime to ensure everything is in tip-top shape for the celebrity-studded rush, and no longer is it just about the scene-y Yorkville addresses. Actually, my hope this year is that it’s not necessarily about addresses at all, as Toronto’s food truck scene has undergone a huge boom this year, and it’s time international starlets get a taste!
It’s that time of year again when we all flock to the Pacific National Exhibition. This year the PNE has packed in some amazing exhibits like the Game Of Thrones display, as well as some cool rides. But let’s face it, it’s really all about the food. The Fair has 71 food vendors this year with 20% new food options for us to enjoy, and those options are just as diverse as the food scene here in Vancouver. I was given a private tasting tour of some of this year’s hottest treats at the Fair. It’s a hard job, but I’m more than willing to donate my extra belt notches to share these yummy eats with you all.
It’s been a year since I made my way down to an Eat St. filming to stuff my face with the goods of Feisty Jack and Curbside Bliss on camera. So, you can imagine my excitement when I learned that Eat St. was returning to Food Network Canada on Saturday, September 6th with its highly anticipated 5th season. In honour of the show’s return, I had a chat with Eat St.’s hilarious host and super-foodie, James Cunningham. James and I go way back to the early days of the Toronto food truck scene when I won a chance to interview him via an Eat St. twitter contest. Since then, I had him judge one of my foodie events (Abbey’s Kitchen Stadium) and I’ve bumped into him at various food events and galas. You can bet your boots there’s always a nice combination of deep-belly laughs, cocktails, great food and a few selfies every time the two of us chat. The following is what came out of our latest discussion in the weeks leading up to the season 5 launch.
July may be an exciting turning point for the Toronto food truck scene. Just months after the city announced its disappointing rules on street vending (read about them here), food truck owners decided to take matters into their own hands with the announcement of not one, but two designated areas for trucks to regularly vend.
We all love a good fireworks display, but why watch from your apartment balcony, when you can be at the scene with a beer in one hand and a slider in the other and shakin’ it to a great local band?