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Oh Toronto... may street meat be part of the past

these two items have me so excited...


with health regulations taking most of the credit for preventing more interesting street food, the reality is that many other cities have been able to offer a diverse set of options with little reprecussions. maybe now that we don't have a mayor connected to shopsy's, we can truly embrace our multitudes of ethnicities and offer gyros, samosas and everything else i can eat with one hand on our curb sides.

torontonians, are you excited? will this just go down in flames because of bureaucracy? what fantastic street foods are coming out of other cities that we could perhaps adopt?

i've heard news of growing difficulties for street vendors in nyc... i hope we don't go backwards.

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  1. Oh yes, I am pumped! This is long overdue.

    1. This would be awesome if it's true.

      The thing is, this is Canada and we have the fun police here and that would be too much for our little tummies to handle.


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      1. I hate to be a party pooper, but don't get too excited just yet. If it gets past the bureaucracy, which is hardly a sure thing, it may come with rules too complex and expensive for anyone to even try.

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        1. re: embee

          well, it's not party pooping. it's the reality.

          i do conceed that bureaucracy will likely end it all, but a girl can hope can't she?

          i heard that the introduction of street food diversity is going to be within a local/slowfood/food in general conference come autumn. i can't seem to find info specifically though, anyone got a link?

        2. oh ive been reading about this and looking forward to it. im not sure if i believe it will actually happen, but yes, we can hope.

          1. Well if we cant get cool street food, at least we can look forward to the new menu items at the BMO soccer field. Thanks to Chef Brad Long, they have some really cool items, like scotch eggs, roti, french fry sandwiches, etc, etc. Sure beats the food (or lack thereof) at all the other stadiums in town.

            1. Sounds like the party's over and it never even began.

              1. Did anyone attend last night's (May 24) meeting on "The role of street food and vending in the city" who can tell us what went down?

                Thursday May 24- The role of street food and vending in the city
                Where: 87 Gerrard Street East, Room 229 EPH, Ryerson University
                When: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
                What issues should we consider as we try to introduce healthier, more diverse street food? How does street vending fit into the planning, design and regulation of our streets and social spaces? How do vendors feel about their work?

                Members of the Toronto Food Policy Council and Gus Michaels from the City's Municipal Licensing and Standards Division will discuss the regulation and role of street food in the city. Dr. Mariana Valverde ( University of Toronto) will share her research of the regulation and ordering of communities and public space. Street vendors will share their experiences.

                Propose a new street food vending cart for the City of Toronto. Winning designs will be prototyped, exhibited in Alphabet City’s Food Festival and used in a citywide pilot project. All short-listed and winning entries will be exhibited throughout the city during the Food Festival in various high profile locations.

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                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  didn't get to go since life has been chaotic, but they're doing this once a month. i imagine it's around the same similar topic each time though since it seems to be a ramp up for the festival.

                  what i am very disappionted with is that i've been trying to contact the organizer of the event and he's stopped responding to my emails! i'd really like to be involved with the organization of the event... but to no ado.

                2. I opened teh post with great excitement . I thought that it was about prostitution, with great detail (a la Globe&Mail) about where exactly it it is a problem. And to find out that it is about hot dogs!